Michael Winner once said that the most difficult part of making a film is staying awake for six weeks. I remember laughing when I heard that but now I understand what he meant.
Our shoot is only going to last for three weeks but the complications of filming an entire feature film in such a short time are making life incredibly complicated.
Also, we are filming in a number of different locations and even with a small crew of 18, moving everyone and all the equipment they need can take up a lot of time.
Avesta, our 2nd Assistant Director, has proved invaluable as she’s so good at working out detailed timetables of which vehicle needs to go where and when and carrying what. I don’t know what we’d do without her.
Our first location was at Woodlands Leisure Park near Dartmouth which was wonderful even though the rain came down for most of the day. Watching James, our Director of Photography, slithering down a death slide with his camera gripped tightly in his hands is not something I will easily forget!
The scene at Woodlands is going to be a happy interlude in an otherwise tense and suspenseful film and we were afraid that the grey skies and heavy rain would ruin the mood.
Luckily, however, once we had finished filming our stars enjoying themselves on the indoor play equipment, the rain stopped ong enough for us to film the picnic scene and an adorable litter of piglets at the animal centre.
So far everything is on schedule, despite the weather and the moving from location to location. Of course, there is still plenty of time for things to go wrong, but it’s a wonderful feeling to see the months of preparation finally transform into images on a screen.
Yay! It’s really happening!