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Today was another good day of shooting; we only did one scene, the scene when Tim gets to work. We could only shoot one of the bit parts because we could only get one actor to do it, we shall find a couple of people to do the other two and do those parts later on.
Josh was very good again, and this time he had time to read the script and learn his lines beforehand. Karl Brown, who plays Damien, was also very good, excellent for the part. We are cutting the scenes we did this weekend on Tuesday.
Some stills of the day.
Karl Brown (Damien)
Josh Wood (Tim) and myself (nearly everything)
Josh and Karl
Josh preparing for a take.
Okay, last night (1 March) we were hit with a blow. I went for a night out, 10 minutes beforehand I got an email from our lead actor (lead again) saying he can’t do it. So I spent at least 2 hours at Mukky Duck calling Georgi, trying to sort it out. I knew one thing, there’s no way in hell I was going to call another weekend off.
Fortunately, my good friend, Josh Wood, revealed to me in the night that he used to act in stage plays and that he would do it if we can’t find anyone. At first I was a bit wary, but Georgi and I decided to take the plunge and let him do it. And to my surprise (and he won’t mind me saying that), he was very good, he turned out to be great for the role, and even though he didn’t see the script until this morning, he learned and memorized the lines and delivered them exactly how I wanted.
So we have a new Tim, and he is brilliant. The best thing is, he’s my mate so he’s not going to let us down. Today (2 March), we did 2 and a half scenes, and nothing went wrong. It was the first time that the first day of shooting wasn’t stressful at all, and it didn’t take long either.
Tomorrow we shoot another scene, and I am feeling very good about it. But for now, here are some production stills from today.
Josh Wood and Liam Harkins (Tim and Pete respectively) rehearsing their lines.
Josh and Liam rehearsing.
Tomorrow (2nd March) is a retry of the first day of shooting. We have recast Tim, which is great, the equipment is here, everyone’s ready. I just hope it works out well. And on Sunday (3rd March) we are shooting another scene in Tim’s office of his bank, we have cast 2 of the 3 minor roles, still trying to get the 3rd, hopefully that will work out. But the office is amazing, it is a meeting room in the Octagon Building of the University which we have booked out for Sunday and because it has partitions, we can use it as God’s office too if we wanted.
Also, this week I have had a meeting with a man from Stafford Borough Council about using the market place to shoot 2 crucial scenes, a meeting with a woman from the Shire Hall Art Gallery about using the front of the building for the same scenes (the gallery is in the market place), and today I have had a meeting with another woman at the Staffordshire County Council Building about using one of the rooms there. The room is even better than what I was looking for, it is basically a meeting room for Councillors, it looks like a cabinet room at Parliament. Perfect.
Town Hall Ext.
I did not think to take a photo of the Int. room. Anyway, we just need to lock some dates in for it and we are good to go on this front, but until Monday, my sole concern is getting the weekend shoot done.
As of 17:00 on Friday 1st March, things are finally looking up. I hope they stay that way.
If you go on YouTube you can find a video Robert Rodriguez (Director of From Dusk Til Dawn, Sin City, etc) doing something called the 10 minute film school. Where he taught a class of aspiring filmmakers apparently everything about film in 10 minutes (he did not succeed, he taught them next to nothing about film), during the 10 minute session of rapidly skating over everything there is to film making, he said something along the lines of “People are born creative or technical, but creative people can become technical, technical people can never be creative”.
This, readers, is bullshit.
I arrive on Tumblr after quite a while of silence with insanely good news. Bang Science was nominated for a Royal Television Society Midlands Award for Undergraduate Entertainment, the awards ceremony was last night and it won.
I feel so happy, I am so proud of the show and I hope it will do well in the national show. It’s still a bit surreal for me that we won it, we went up to collect the award, we came back and we all looked at each other like “Did that really just happen?”
The ceremony was good, despite some technical difficulties that, frankly, we could have easily fixed. The after party was much better though, I’m going to let you glimpse behind the curtain for a second and tell you that people who work in film and TV are the biggest bunch of pissheads you could ever meet. It was mental, we all got wasted last night in the Electric Cinema in Birmingham, the night started with an organist playing to an old Laurel and Hardy film while we drank champagne cocktails, then later on it we got a karaoke up using YouTube hooked up to the projector. All while networking.
This is the first networking session I’ve ever done, and I must say, it’s much easier when you’re all getting pissed up. I chatted to lots of people, generally about absolute shit which was brilliant. We eventually got back in to Stafford at 6am, I have had a total of 4 hours sleep, it would have been more but I got called for an interview about the awards by my Uni’s marketing people (or something like that) at 9:30.
But overall, last night reinforced my desire to work in the film and TV industry, especially where people are concerned. I just need to get through working with unreliable, inconsiderate, lazy students who can’t do a simple task first.