The making of “The Spirit of London”



So this was mine (and my group’s) very first attempt at doing a short film during the first week of our course. We were given a task to shoot a 90 seconds film that represented the “Spirit of London”. From there my group decided on a storyline that we wanted to follow and what we wanted to capture and then went scouting for locations the following day. The weather wasn’t the best, very rainy and us with no umbrellas trying not to get too drenched and with the fear of damaging the equipment, we ventured on. And let’s admit it: filming in London is not easy. If you take the weather out of the equation, you still have to deal with the ridiculous amount of turists who seem to come out of nowhere to purposely ruin our shots. But that’s what you get for being a student, filming near the Buckingham Palace. Maybe not the best idea. From there we went to St. James’s Park which was by far easier and more quieter. Which made the shooting go smoother. At the end of the day, we could say we were proud of what we did, and we mainly got the first experience of being within a strict shooting schedule and enhanced the ability to work around hectic locations with unpredictable weather (and lighting!). From this I learned that things don’t always go according to plan, but we need to venture on. The beggining of a good work relationship with my colleagues.