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.
So this is a continuation of the filming period during the first day.
After we finished filming in Hampstead High Street, we packed up all of our equipment plus bags and headed off on a 15 minute walk to the park where the second part of the filming would take place.
As we were walking past the tube station, I spotted my house mate Jessica and her boyfriend Dean who arrived just on time since they would be the two extras in our film that would be the couple.
When we arrived on location, me and Erin started to organize the picnic scene with all of the props that included the picnic mat and consequent prop food, that was food that I made the night before.
As prep finished and the extras were briefed, shooting went smoothly and rather quickly as the chemistry between the two was very apparent which worked with what me and Alex wanted. I even got excited because I had the idea of bringing grapes so that Jessica could throw them at Dean’s mouth so that he could catch it in a cute, romantic way and it actually worked visually which made me and Alex very happy.
Later on the day, Jane (the actress) arrived whilst me and the rest of cast and crew were having lunch break at a local pub near the park called “The Freemasons Arms”.
Erin was charged with meeting Jane at the tube station and walk with her to the pub as she didn’t know the area plus to help with any luggage she would bring with the change of clothing for the picnic scene. Immediately after she arrived, Jane was the life of the party! Such a lovely lady and her and David got along right off the bat, especially since it was their first time meeting in person!
The shoot went smoothly from then on as the actors took instruction quite well and weren’t afraid to be intimate when we needed them to.
Overall, it was a success and apparently everyone enjoyed my assortment of sandwiches and snacks that I made which was a bonus for the whole event.
Today was our first shoot day of our final year film!
Crazy to think that we’ve already got up to this point.
Now onto the day itself: the night before I finished up the last touches on the call sheet and sent it out to the cast and crew and let them know to be on location by the time it was determined.
As soon as I arrived at 9am, Alex was already there so we just walked to the location where we were going to film in Hampstead High Street. When we got there I immediately went inside the corner store and talked with Mr. Sups Nanji, who is the owner of the shop, and explained to him once more what we were going to do in relation to how the filming would take place.
His wife had already been briefed by me, the week before, and Mr. Nanji was quite ready to help and didn’t impose anything against it. After he signed the location release form, he actually started to help me and Alex move some of the items that were present outside of the store, inside so it wouldn’t interfere with any of the filming process.
As that was done, the rest of the crew started to arrive and as soon as everyone was finishing setting up, me and Erin (the runner) went to get David (the actor) from the nearby Starbucks where he had been waiting for the past hour and a half (he arrived nearly two hours before his call time!) with his cup of tea, and accompanied him to the filming location.
The filming went over smoothly apart from a couple of sound glitches since the adaptor for the headphones that connected to the R-44 sound equipment were missing which forced us to record sound blind for the rest of the day.