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Filming in ‘The Cabin’

25 Feb

Normally I am not filming on a Sunday, but this weekend was certainly different. i was heading out to Derby to help Darren (a director I had worked with on ‘Brothers’) who has a new production, a horror move. So it was a case of travelling out to a secluded area where there were fields, bridges and of course a pub! and on the site where the pub was were a selection of wooden cabins. I took one look at the cabins and thought gosh we are doing a remark of ‘Friday 13th’ the british way.

Once on site and seeing everyone in the cabin, prepping began with the actors in make-up and everyone going through scenes and scripts for filming. I got chatting to the actresses and learned they had all come from all corners of the UK; Wakefield, Surrey, Slough and Southampton. I took on my role that I did on the last film; Sound Recordist, and it was great having a catch up with everyone about what we have all been doing since the Summer last year.

We had to wait a few hours for darkness to film the rest of the scenes, one point I had to crawl into the back of a car to record the sound for a scene, and I ended being in the car for 40mins partially because they all forgot I was in the car (this was captured by Connor on his camera, lol). Eventually it was wrap time and we all left, one thing I will say was the cabins were really nice and if I want to at some point have a break and escape the hustle and bustle of a city of have some me time then that is where I will probably go. So Derby today, Nottingham tomorrow where I am helping out prepping a set of a gothic horror for this week and thereafter more work to come.

Lights, camera, Shoot

24 Jun

Day two and it was a really intense full on day of filming. Made it to the location; a hotel where loads of scenes were going to be shot. Before we started we had release forms to fill in before doing anything film-wise. This was to say it we hurt ourselves then its not the hotels fault, nor the owners. Though I did give the lady who owns the hotel some advice; to register the property with Creative England. We also had the privilege of having a tour and it was interesting what we saw rooms with kitchens, bathrooms and even a dumb waiter.

We then cracked on getting one of the rooms ready for the first scene to be shot and once that was done it was back to being the runner/ sound recordist. Darren and Conner resumed their roles as director and actors for the day with their scenes. Today was great as we had a make-up artist in and two guys with choreographic the fight scenes.
We also saw a lot of the actors with blood, we made the joke with Jane one of the actresses who had a bullet mark on her forehead, which she instagramed about and I said she should tell people she was in a fight with a pigeon, and lost.

Afternoon was spent filming Darren and Connor preparing for a showdown, and getting the fight scenes done and they were really full on, no holding back on punches, and then it was time to leave. So my next day for filming is on 1st July, which I am looking forward to. I will be sad when filming finishes as I am seriously enjoying myself. Hopefully, it will lead to more work in this area too.

Here are some snaps from the day

 

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First Feature Film Fantastic

23 Jun

Hi Guys

I have some good news to share at last; I am working on a feature film that is being filmed in the East Midlands. I am excited because it is the first feature I have worked on, as most of my experience is engulfed in TV, so it is pretty cool to be given the chance to be part of something great. It is an action film that focuses on two brothers and the lengths they will go to for justice, in their own way.

My first day with filming had to be on a day where it rained, though it did stop after 3pm, which was a bonus. When I got to the location I met some of the actors and extras who would be appearing in the film. I then met our director; Darren Lynch and after meeting everyone else I was ready to get started. Although my role is production runner, I also was the Sound Recordist something I have never done before, but it was awesome trying something new, so I am taking on two roles.

Filming finished late afternoon and we got most of the days scenes shot, I just hope I did a good job mainly as the sounds person, and that I can be for the rest of filming.

At least I have fulfilled my new years resolution to gain experience in films, in order to have more dimensions to my experiences. For now enjoy this poster of the film ‘Brothers’, synopsis will either follow, or can be found on the internet.
Hopefully over the next couple of days there will be photos and film footage of behind the scenes filming of this really cool feature. More to follow.

Brothers Promo poster 2013

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