352MC – Preparation and Final Shoot

by alexmasonphotography

It has been a roller coaster of stress and logistical nightmares but I am now feeling grateful that we have almost finished the film. The final shoot day was on 17th April. After about 50 emails and several phone calls later, I finally got hold of the camera we were after and it was an instant morale boost.

The next stage was to order the morph suit for the LED suit we were making for the shoot at night. Having an extremely limited budget it was a costly thing so we needed to make sure we ordered the right amount. This meant designing it and measuring it up before hand to the right fit of Chris’ body. Inspiration for suit came from this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkBDRUO8hAo

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The morph suit had to be delivered in time for James’ to go away on holiday so that his mother could sow it together in time for the shoot. Unfortunately this was put under even more stress due to James’ father having a blood infection and spending most of the holiday in hospital with James’ mother by the side of the hospital bed.  James got back on Holiday late at night on the 16th and the shoot was on the 17th. The LED suit was almost completed and ready for action the next day thanks to Annick Hollins who did a wonderful job. Talk about a tense week.

Whilst James’ was on holiday I organised getting a smoke machine off a friend who bailed on us at the last minute. I then managed to get hold of one from a local DJ’ hire shop. Farnham Sound and Light. The smoke machine worked well and it was well worth the investment of rental.

I then organised to get a generator so that we could power the lights and smoke machine up in the forest. Luckily my uncle lent me his one and the fact that it has wheels was a massive bonus when it came to sitting on the back of my friends motorbike holding onto it on the road up through the forest.

Unfortunately Ross from Firebird films who very kindly lent us his camera has a shoot come up on the day of our shoot so couldn’t lend us all of his lenses. This was a bit of a hold back for us because we needed the wide angle lenses that he had. Still we couldn’t complain too much, he had just lent us an incredible piece of kit that we wouldn’t have been able to afford off our own backs. I never got to meet Ross in person as he was busy on the day I picked up the kit from his office in Swindon but he seemed like a great guy and is very talented at what he does. In return for him lending us his kit, we will be crediting him at the end of our film.

We managed to get some equipment which included a jib, some audio equipment and lights thanks to a man called Sam Moles from Portsmouth.

We also rented a dolly from a place in Kingston which was a great piece of kit to have and really added to the overall cinematic look we were going for. It was a bit of a nightmare having to fill in a huge application form for them as well as having to bring in 4 forms of ID which had to include my passport, driving licence and utility bills. I explained to them that my parents have a different surname to me and I don’t pay the bills, they then asked me if I could bring in a bank statement and I do online banking so don’t have any bank statements on paper. I then ended up negotiating that I bring in a printed screenshot of my online banking that shows my name and address on it. It was a great way of learning some of the difficulties one can undergo when producing a film. You get let down and you get brought back up and it can be very exhausting but I am sure once the final edit is complete I will be feeling proud and satisfied.

 

List for Final Shoot

Smoke machine

Suit

Sony Camera

Lenses

SLR’s

Dolly Hire

Jib

Boom & Audio Equipment

Chris Shoes

Generator

Lights off Gilbo

Flares

Torches

Weights off Chapman for Jib

Extension leads and plugs

Petrol in Jerry-can for Generator

Chris to meet at James house for 1 o’clock to try and suit

 

 

13th – Pick up generator from Guy for 17:00pm

14th – Pick up lights from Adam for 21:00pm

 

16th – Pick up kit from Ross in Swindon for 19:00pm

16th – Smoke machine from Farnham for 18:00pm – Mum

16th – Pick up dolly from Kingston between 8:00am and 16:00pm – 15:00pm! then onto Swindon for pick up at 19:00pm

 

17th – Weights from Chapman for 8:30am

 

19th – James takes kit back to Ross in Swindon

21st – Kit Back to Sam Moles in Portsmouth for 18:00pm

22nd – Dolly back to Kingston must be before 11:00am

16th – Pick up kit from Ross in Swindon for 19:00pm
16th – Smoke machine from Farnham for 18:00pm – Mum
16th – Pick up dolly from Kingston between 8:00am and 16:00pm – 15:00pm! then onto Swindon for pick up at 19:00pm
17th – Weights from Chapman for 8:30am
19th – James takes kit back to Ross in Swindon
21st – I Kit Back to Sam Moles in Portsmouth for 18:00pm
22nd – Dolly back to Kingston must be before 11:00am

 

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