The London 48 Hour Film Project
What Happened During Your Weekend?
The London filmmakers share stories from their wild weekend of filmmaking. (Blogging ended shortly after the filmmaking weekend.)
Exhausting, emotional and exhilerating!!
Well we did it!! We suspected we might be capable and we achieved it! We might all be exhausted from lack of sleep and hard work but boy was it worth it!
The weekend began with the launch event on Friday evening when our Produced and team leader drew our absolute dream genre ('drama') from the bowl. We were also allocated the three London 2013 elements of:
Character: Oliver or Olivia Ball
Prop: A cushion
Line; "There's nothing to it" or "there is nothing to it"
A mad dash across London to our production base in Chiswick ensued with producer and writer/ director feverishly testing out ideas on the journey. At base our cast and crew were ready (and fuelled with food and drink) to go. A late night of story/ script development and planning followed.
Saturday started early loading all the filming gear, cast and crew into cars to get to our first shoot location - a mock hospital ward at London South Bank University. After lighting and dressing the set we were underway with our first shots. The actors were great, really natural together and told a wonderful story. It felt odd to be filming our film in reverse (ending first) but our actors dealt brilliantly with this challenge.
Our hospital scenes in the can we headed off to a victoria house in Chiswick as our second location (Grandma's house) where we spent the rest of the day shooting inside and out, day and night. Take away pizzas, lots of coffee, good humour and the energy of our actors kept us going until we had all the shots we needed.
Our wonderful and amazingly talented composer and musician was with us throughout the whole shoot, every now and again disappearing with his flute and recording gear to lay down part of the music sound track. He really captures the mood of the story. He even manages to reflect the order of the team draws from the launch event in the musical score!!
Our editor began the editing process as soon as we had finished filming at our first location - getting the rushes into the computer and laying down a rough edit, as well as working on the titles and credits etc.
Once we had finished at location two we drove our tired actors home (around 10pm - very late for a nine year old boy) and out came the wine and beer to sustain a late night of editing.
We worked on the edit until we could stay awake no more and called it a day at 4am, agreeing to meet to continue on Sunday at 9am.
Poached eggs and beans on toast seemed in order on Sunday morning for director and composer so our producer set to it! Editing continued through the morning - shaving bits of shots off here and there, adding in detail, correcting colours, balancing sound, completing the music sound track, checking all the required elements were included.
Watching the final edit was emotional - not a dry eye in the house!!
We started rendering at mid-day. While we waited we fired up the BBQ and somehow managed to fit in a fantastic BBQ lunch (thanks to a talented editor/ BBQ chef).
All rendering completed around 3pm so we copied two file versions to each of 2 USB sticks, made sure all our paperwork was in order and opened a bottle of champagne to celebrate completion of our short.
We had a wonderful weekend, made some great new friends, and made a little film that we are really proud of.
Here's to London 48 HFP 2013!!!
The Drunken Sailors
- Warren Turner, Drunken Sailor Films