Day 5 was our last major day of filming, though we still have a couple minor shots left to do. A rough edit of the whole film is now completed and our composer, Anya Hussain, is busy working on the score.
DAY 4 featured all our outdoor scenes. Despite a weather forecast that threatened rain, it turned out to be completely hot and dry which was ideal for our concrete cow shots, park bench scene and night shots.
DAY 3 was spent at Arts Central to shoot the opening office scene, followed by a session at Phil's flat in Eaglestone to finish off the shots we couldn't do on DAY 1. We have also included some footage of how we used a wheelchair to get some cheap and fast dolly shots on Day 2.
Wheelchair Dolly (DAY 2)
DAY 2 was by far the most demanding day of shooting. We were filming in a local shop, and had just 3 and a half hours to set up our gear and execute 13 shots, which worked out at roughly one shot every 15 minutes. Although we did have some provision to over-run, it was a credit to the professionalism of the crew that we completed everything on schedule with 2 minutes to spare! Hats off to Daniel Tottey (one of our sound recordists) who was persuaded to take on his first acting role, which he did superbly.
Brief video from DAY 1 showing how to get a subtle TV flicker-look on raw footage.
DAY 1: Filming at Phil's flat in Eaglestone. This is where our film's main character lives. Our plan was to get all the flat scenes shot on this day, but we ran into difficulties which started to eat up our shooting time. The cameras and lenses took some time to get used to, we had to dress the set, get some heat-proof gels for the lights, and try to get our director to move faster and stop 'faffing' over the shots (allegedly). Phil was good enough to let us come back on Friday to shoot the scenes we didn't quite manage.
DAY 1 Photos
We now have our shop location confirmed with legally binding contract! We were able to secure three hours of filming time AFTER the shop has closed, which should give us enough time to get everything done, though we do have provision to run over if necessary. Today was our big production meeting before shooting starts. A run-through of set etiquette, health and safety, and the final production schedule (...until it gets changed by unforeseen circumstances!).
Film-making can be a frustrating business. We are still in the process of trying to get a shop location for one of the key scenes in our film (having been let down by a client at the last moment). Hopefully this will be resolved in the next day or two, but in the meantime we have finalised all the locations for shooting the film and will start filming in earnest on Wednesday 23rd July!
Some location shots
We spent yesterday afternoon with Kate Sutton at Penkat Studios in Milton Keynes and had a great opportunity to learn more about the industry. Kate is being very generous with her time and support for our project. Most of the equipment we are using to film Every Single Penny is being provided by Penkat.