Here are the documents that I have done for the entirity of the production of “Lamentation”:
Here are the documents that I have done for the entirity of the production of “Lamentation”:
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.
Today was the day me and Alex went to both location, house and park, to scout the areas we we would potentially film in.
Firstly, we went to a park in Hampstead where I had already shot my music video, earlier in the year, so I knew how the area was visually appealing and with little to no people walking about even in the afternoon. All in all, this was a very good location to film in, if we get the permission to do so!
And afterwards, we went to Hampstead High Street to scout for a ‘corner shop’ type store that we could for our film and we, thankfully, discovered one fairly close to the tube station (an approximately 5 minute walk) so I went inside to speak to the owner and was met by a lovely lady, who was the owner’s wife, and she proved to be very approachable and actually excited with the prospect of having us film near the premises. Which me and Alex were happy with!
Here are some of the photos taken during the recce:
Later on, me, Alex and Ardeshir (our DoP) went to view the house location I already acquired. This is going to be the second recce for me and Alex because we had already been to the house location before but since Ardeshir wanted to also view the house prior to beginning the shoot, I decided to organize a quick visit.
This recce took about 40 minutes as we went into each of the house divisions we were going to film in, so specifically the living room, bedroom, kitchen and hallway.
Alex took photos of his own and Ardeshir also took some photos so they could individually in their Director and DoP roles, be prepared for the busy weeks of preparation ahead.
These are some of the photos Alex took during the recce of the house.
So here we are again, and I have a few developments. Our group is well in it’s way in the project of our short film and since the last time I posted, in which I refered that we were discussing which script we would use as our story basis and that we had already named our group as “Mis Amigos” production company.
But since then we spent various days, and various hours, deciding between eachothers scripts. We decide with one of them but after spending around five hours trying to figure out a way on how to translate parts of it on screen, correctly, we decided to change it. After that we did, a lot, of rewritings and changed some of the characters, backgrounds and added a bit more to the original storyline. With the final script in hands, we decided to name our story “Annabel”. The synopsis of the film is that “love isn’t always what it seems”. We don’t always get who we want or they don’t turn out to be who we thought they were. It’s about character change and their acknowledgement of themselves and of others around them. After that our director started sketching the stoyboard, floor plan, camera plan and shot list; the producer started scouting potential actors for the roles, organized a calendar, a timeboard for the crew and actors; our editor/sound designer arranged a soundtrack to give us an idea of which songs we could use in which scenes as well as attending meetings with the director to decide how to cut the film in the correct way and I studied the functions of the camera we decided to use, along with working very closely on the script and respective lists with the director to make sure that her vision is portrayed correctly on screen.
We took a few days scouting for locations which was rough, but eventually our director decided on a nearby park, so then our producer contacted the actors and arranged our shooting schedule. It must have taken us around four hours to do the reshoots as the one’s we did previously didn’t work due to the camera we used didn’t fare well in low light situations as well as we were having problems in recording the sound properly. Next time, we’ll choose a quieter place in Camden Town to shoot, that’s for sure. So in the park, we shot the remainder of the scenes we need with all the actors. On that day I felt more confident with the camera and the image I could get out of a scene. I found myself working better with it, a Canon 600D, and felt that I was giving my best while doing handheld camera work.
Apart from that, we have the schedule to film it between the 10th and 11th of December because those are the times that best suit us and the three actors. And then between the 11th through the 14th, we plan on editing it and hopefully finish it up until before New Year.