Don't try this at home
So I have written three blog posts now and then hit the wrong button and the posts have been lost unto the ether! This technology thing seems to be really biting me on the ass at the moment - and as anyone who knows me can attest: that’s a lot of ass to bite!
Saturday gone saw a skeleton crew undertake the major pick up and reshoot night for the film. Due to a variety of reasons, we had to drop one major scene and a whole host of minor ones during principle photography and this was an opportunity to “pick those up”. We also had one scene that we had to reshoot because we had originally tried to cheat sunset for sunrise and unfortunately the best take occurred too late in the day so the light was pap.
The reason this blog has been so quiet lately is that I had some fairly major knee surgery a couple of weeks ago, this meant I couldn’t be there for the reshoot. Obviously it was long way to come for the Bristol based crew for only one night, so we found ourselves without several key people. Thanks to the goodwill and generosity of the North East film community we found some more than capable stand ins. The sound department welcomed back the inimitable Paul to boom op and was introduced to the wonderful Aris as recordist. Dougie came on board to help the camera department that was severely depleted. Vicky stepped in to AD and Clooney got promoted to being Elliott’s sidekick as the entire art department. Once again, the always willing Andy Simpson came onboard as a runner; and making his FNA crew debut was Dryden (our son) as clapper loader and all round dogsbody - by all accounts he really stepped up to the plate and delivered.
The footage looks mint, we cracked through all of the necessary scenes with plenty of coverage and finished half an hour earlier than scheduled - it’s amazing the difference a couple more hours of darkness make! Maybe that’s the big lesson to learn from this - don’t shoot night stuff until September - of course the weather is meant to be better in July and August… Unfortunately this year that hasn’t been the case - and we are now being treated to a mini heatwave - which of course is typical when I’m housebound and we’ve finished shooting!
Will try our best to keep this busy during the shoot and post-production.