Filming Day #2

We just refilmed our film opening with the new script and the new actor, Blake. We arrived at about 9:45am and set to work filming. It was very sunny and  the filming conditions were really good.

However, since it was so sunny, there were a lot of dog walkers and this meant we had to wait for them to get out of the frame which delayed our filming process. The first shot we did was the through the wall dolly shot. It took us about half an hour to set everything up and we did about twenty takes of this shot which ensured that we got the best possible result.

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After we finished the dolly shot, we moved onto the steadicam shots of Blake walking. We wanted to get the most complicated shots done first and then we moved onto the still, tripod shots. After we finished all of this, the establishing shots were filmed.

We then watched the footage back and we weren’t happy with a few shots. We needed to re film the scene where Adam’s character comes into the footage. We went back to the location and filmed this footage and that was our filming done.

Costume and Actor

In our script, we had the role fit for a teenager; we got our friend, Blake, to star as the protagonist.
The script also states that his costume is “quite dirty and dark” so, we put together a costume using his own wardrobe – this was affordable and convenient for us all. 

The outfit is completely black and it consists of: a black jacket, black hoodie, black beanie, black trousers and black shoes. The reason why we didm’t want such a complex and colourful outfit was because, it would draw the attention away from the scene. In terms of miss-en-scene, we thought that black would be a good colour as it has connotations to death – something which has quite obviously happened in the opening.

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A Filming Update

After looking back on the footage we filmed, we were not very pleased with it. Because of this, we have decided to re film this weekend.

The person who was acting in the footage we just filmed was my Dad but due work, he cannot re film this weekend. Therefore, we have changed the actor to a friend of ours – a teenage boy. We obviously do not want the character in our current story (a middle aged man) to be played by a young boy; it would just look very unrealistic and unprofessional. To deal with this matter, we have decided to change the storyline and plot to fit the requirements of a teenage boy.

In terms of the genre and the actual mood we want to convey throughout our film, that hasn’t changed. We still want to create an opening to a thriller film; hopefully fulfilling all of the requirements a thriller film has.

Instead of editing footage we are not particularly pleased with, we have decided to re film this weekend. This time though, using a different actor with a storyline which has been altered slightly to fit the actor in our film opening.

Filming Day

Today we went and filmed our film opening at Old Bolingbroke Castle. We had my Dad starring in the film opening and Adam helping with the equipment. In terms of roles, I took control of the boom pole and the sound and Adam took control of the camera equipment.

The first thing we did was set up the equipment. This didn’t take too long however, due to the weather conditions it did take longer than expected. It did rain every now again and we were worried that this was going to affect the footage. We carried on though.

Another difficult task we had was to have the dolly move perfectly straight. The dolly wheels kept falling off of the track when it went over a certain bump so we spent quite a long time adjusting that. To overcome this, I bough planks of wood in case of something like this happened so they did come in handy.

Looking back on the final footage we were not happy: the sound was incredibly difficult to understand due to the wind and there were a lot of inconsistencies within the film footage. We will try again another day.