Today was the first day of our indoors filming period.
Prior to the shoot day, I sent out all of the call sheets and sent additional messages to everyone to make sure they knew when their call time was in.
David has also continuously showed how much he is devoted to this project with his recurrent emails with questions and ideas which are so lovely because commitment is something very much appreciated by myself and Alex.
So up to the day before shooting, me and David exchanged a lot of emails because we were very focused on getting the clothing completely right because there would be a lot of jumps in the time frame of the four days we were going to film in and David needed to know exactly what clothes to bring with him for what days of the week.
My initial idea was always that Donald would wear dark clothes in present time where he is a recent widow who mourns the loss of his wife, and in flashbacks with Eleanor, Donald would have a lighter colour palette when it came to his clothes. The meaning of the contrast in the colour palette, as exhibited by Donald, is that it is a complete showcase of Donald’s inner emotional turmoil and how it affects and influences everything around him.
So today, we started shooting already during the afternoon and we mostly only had to shoot a sequence of shots that encompassed the leaving the house frazzled after being faced with his inner demons and arriving to the house after being reconciled with his past. Basically, the first scenes we had to film were some of the most important as it showed Donald’s character at his lowest and also at his turning point.
It was a lovely day as we were able to film everything we needed with two hours to spare! And everyone enjoyed their cups of tea, sandwiches and biscuits that I brought along.
A happy crew is always what we aim for! But let me tell you, making 10 cups of tea at once isn’t for the faint of heart.