If you’ve had a look around the rest of the website, you’ll already know that the Price of Kings is a series of films exploring ‘human nature through the eyes of presidents, prime ministers and kings, discovering what it takes, under the most extraordinary circumstances and at the highest level of responsibility, to be a leader.’ It’s a pretty weighty subject I’m sure you’ll agree, and an undertaking that hasn’t been taken up lightly.
The idea came for the series about three years ago. The Spirit Level Film team was fresh off finishing their last project, The Ministry of Truth, and needed something new to sink their teeth in to. Interviewing leading political figures in person brings you closer to them than can be conveyed in any news report or documentary – you see that these people are human, and have the same human needs and desires and feeling as you or I.
Being so close to these figures bore an idea: what is the cost, in human terms, of being a leader? Originally smaller in scope, it eventually became clear to the team that only twelve films on twelve different world leaders would be enough to examine this idea to a satisfactory level: The Price of Kings was born.
At this point I should introduce myself: I am Rory, and I’ve just started here on the Price of Kings. In fact, I’m new to working at a film production company. Working on a series of this ambition and magnitude first off is very much being thrown in at the deep end.
My job entails updating the Price of Kings website with all manner of interesting stuff, and over the coming months I will detail my observations and experiences in this blog, hopefully giving you an insight in to exactly how films like these are made. I’ll also being sharing loads of cool on-set content with you as well – the team’s been on five shoots, for three films, and the stories and experiences they’ve come back with are pretty fascinating. They’ve also come back with days’ worth of footage and thousands of wonderful photographs – a lot of which will end up right here in this blog.
I’m looking forward to these films really coming to life; I hope you are too.