Lamentation: Production documents

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Hello!

Here are the documents that I have done for the entirity of the production of “Lamentation”:

Camden Film Office (permit)

City Of London (permit)

City Of London (permit – part 2)

Location release form (corner shop)

Actor release form (David)

Lamentation (pitch)

Overall Schedule

Overall Schedule (detailed)

Shooting Schedule (Day 1 of 4)

Shooting Schedule (Day 2 of 4)

Shooting Schedule (Day 3 of 4)

Shooting Schedule (Day 4 of 4)

Call Sheet (Day 1 of 4)

Call Sheet (Day 2 of 4)

Call Sheet (Day 3 of 4)

Call Sheet (Day 4 of 4)

Risk Assessment (House)

Public Liability Insurance

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“Lamentation” short film: Final year project

This is my final year film project for our main module and it’s called “Lamentation”. It was based in an original script written by one of my classmates which I produced.

It was an amazing experience from the beginning all the way to the final product. A lot of hard work and love came into creating it so hopefully you guys will enjoy it as well.

The synopsis is as follows:

Donald, an elderly pensioner in London, has been living the past year as a widower. His wife’s favourite flower was a white rose and throughout the film Donald sees this flower in places that it isn’t really there. In the end, Donald comes to accept that his wife is gone by finding comfort in the memories he shared with her.

Lamentation: Music composer

Hello!

Today me and Alex met up with our potential music composer, Josiah, who is also a student in the BA Music course in our university.

The interview itself, that I organized, served as a way for Josiah and Alex to meet so that Alex could explain to him his vision of what he wanted the score to be since our film is emotionally heavy and has no dialogue. I was there for the beginning part of it but soon had to leave to go to work, but from what Alex told me, they discussed through ideas that each of them had in regards to how the theme of the score should be.

How I discovered Josiah is a very funny and unusual story since we met one late night in the library after he approached me and a friend of mine, when we were talking about our future projects, and asked if we could give answer a questionnaire that he needs for his dissertation. We just stroke up a conversation and after he said that he was majoring in music production and that he was a composer, I just felt like I stuck a complete and utter gold mine!

And this was an actual great touch of luck because, a couple of days later, Alex told me that his friend who was our original composer said he couldn’t do our film because of his schedule, so thank God for random encounters with music students in the library at 11pm!

Lamentation: Rough cut screening!

Hello!

Today we had the rough cut screening of our film “Lamentation”.

This means that we presented the film already with it’s organized sequence but without any music or colour grade.

I was more anxious than nervous as I always am right before presenting and showcasing any of my projects because they are all so personal and intimate that when I have to present to any type of audience, it’s always difficult because then the criticism rolls in. I enjoy criticism but it’s always hard no matter what.

So as our film started to be showcased, and because our film has no dialogue, the silence was all that could be heard in the room during nearly 10 minutes.

I couldn’t stop smiling at the screen because I was so proud, not only of myself, but everyone that was involved in making the movie what it is today.

When the film ended, everyone started clapping and I couldn’t stop the stupid smile in my face!

Right off the bat, our teacher asked what everyone thought of it and one of my classmates immediately said “I liked it!” and that just set the tone for the rest of the feedback session.

The criticism we received was that it felt like the climax of the film happened too quickly and that after that, the story just seemed to mellow out a bit. The suggestions to resolve that were to maybe re-edit it in a way where the climax would happen later in the story instead of where it is now.

And the good feedback we received was that our actor, David, transmitted emotions well; the choice in locations was good as well as the props.

I couldn’t be prouder of what we accomplished.

Lamentation: Sound design

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Today me and Alex had a recording studio session with the lovely Peter Williams, sound expert extraordinaire.

And the motivation behind today’s session was because Alex wanted to add a couple of sounds to some specific movements Donald does in the outdoor sequences.

The first sound we had to record was the opening, drinking and closing of a whiskey bottle. Fun times. I volunteered to do the deed and Peter went along and grabbed a half drunk bottle of wine from his office that we used as a ‘sound prop’. I did a couple of takes and then Peter stepped in to do the actual drinking of the bottle sounds that we needed. Seeing Peter drink, take after take, whilst me and Alex were inside the recording booth hearing the sounds and deciding if they were good or not, was just too funny to put into words. All in the name of art!

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Afterwards, we did some additional recording of Donald’s feet scrapping at the ground right before the stood up from the bench in order to leave the park. Alex stepped in, no pun intended, to recreate the feet sounds.

All in all, it was a fun afternoon with a lot of laughs and we managed to get all the sound bits we needed in.

 

Casting Director (again): Emily

Hello!

So today I was Casting Director yet again for another film project also tilted “Emily” but this one is directed by Patricia Musakanya and produced by Amnah Pervaiz.

I arrived a few hours after their auditions had already begun as I had work to do beforehand but arrived at a good time because we ended up having the bulk of the auditions all on that day.

My role was to serve as both a Casting Director, where I would offer my opinion on each actor that would come in and audition as well as being Camera Operator, since I would film each and every audition.

It was a lovely day as I got be a part of an audition process that involved children as I have never worked with children in any of my films before and it was a learning curve for me.

Patricia worked well in giving direction to each child which lead them to give their best performance when the audition time came.

I’d say we audition around 15 children that apart from all the potential mothers that also came in. At one point I had to do a cold reading of the script as the child actor, on site, didn’t have a potential mother actress to act alongside her. It wasn’t the most enjoyable for me but it served the purpose.

Overall, it was a good experience as I got to help in obtaining the best possible auditions, being in control of the camera, as well as meeting a lot of potential young talent that I might want to work with one day.

 

 

Lamentation: Day 2 of 4

Hello!

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.

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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.