This morning was a very early start as we came at 8am but we all had to leave our house at 6am to be able to be on set on time, so everyone needed a strong cup of coffee to help to get things going faster.
We quickly moved into to shooting the breakup scene between the two main characters so we could have that completely done long before we needed to leave the house so the tenant could come in to quickly check the house before the next clients.
Thankfully we finished in time, although barely, and managed to pack everything fairly quick whilst giving a quick sweep of the house to make sure that everything was a clean as possible before leaving.
We then moved to a pub called “The Durell Arms” where we would shoot our coffee shop scenes with our two protagonists.
What was supposed to be a a shoot to wrap at 5pm, it ended at 11pm because of various different types of adversities that ranged from the obvious noise of clients in the opposite side of the pub, mixed with music blaring from the speakers to a low but distinguishable sound of a heater and the chattering between the extras that liked to talk amongst themselves when the cameras were actually rolling. So it was a hard day because of that.
Then because of the rehearsals, setting up and change of clothes, also contributed to the long overdue wrap for the day.
Overall, it was a very enjoyable experience because I managed to set design, along with Amnah, the location to make it look more like a coffee shop which was quite fun to add another “hat” alongside the Producer one. As well as the staff working there were absolute rockstars for being so understanding of our filming to the point that they accommodated us to not have music on in the pub for 3 hours whilst they had customers in and for not kicking us out when our shoot overran. The crew continued to be brilliant today as well as the cast.
I really feel like these struggles have only enhanced my passion for the craft and the respect I have for all those involved in making a film, any film, happen.