As everyone continues to beaver away on set on this, our second day of shooting, here are some reflections on our first…
1) 4 locations are a lot of locations.
We decided to kick off our shoot hardcore-style by filling our first day with as much travel as possible. The locations included the “prison” (Northfield’s Transport Depot) from which Keith is released after his 15 year imprisonment, a newsagents in deepest West London, a high school in Bloomsbury and a balcony in Paddington. You really feel the value of a super-organised crew when you have to pack up again and set up again this many times.
2) It’s looking good.
We shot some important scenes on Day 1 – the picture you see at the top of this post is one of them (no more detail on that though, spoilers are a no-no…). We’ll be posting more photos from set (courtesy of our fabulous on-set photographer, Nicci) as we go along – check back for more. And we’re hopeful that our footage will look as good these stills – from what we’ve seen so far our Arri Alexa camera (in the hands of a darned good DOP) is creating some beautiful images.
3) Shelf-stacking is not an easy task.
And finally, not to be forgotten, is the important lesson we all learned at our second location, the newsagents. In order to transform the pristinely (and extremely fully) stocked newsagents into something rather more bleak and, well, something you might find close to a near-future prison, we had to remove a lot (a LOT) of stock from shelves. Think 1000s of chocolate bars, crisps, cans, bottles, milk cartons – you name it, we moved it. The end-effect was indeed, pretty bleak. But of course, filming done, all the stock had to go back up on the shelves. In the same order. Identical to its original state. It took a team of six people over an hour to re-stack the shelves, consulting over 50 carefully captured photos of the products. Green Aeros, Orange Aeros, Peanut Lion bars, White Chocolate Lion bars. White polos, green polos, Fisherman’s Friends. These sequences will be engrained on my memory for a long time to come. Conclusion: shelf-stacking is not an easy job. But – we hope! – worth it.
Sabina, Line Producer