As of Saturday 15th March, I’ll be filming (DoP) a short film called ‘Not Long Till Monday’, written and directed by Paul McAuley. It’s a story focussing on mental health issues and is primarily targeted towards the upcoming mental health film festival, of which details will soon come. The story is a day-in-the-life look at an ordinary Joe who’s life is normal, wife, children, successful job, but internally suffers from depression, possibly ADHD, or is Bipolar, and how this affects his views of, not only himself, but the world around him.
We’ll be filming internal/externally around the Paisley area; town centre (various locations) and up the Gleniffer Braes.
Some recce location photos:
For the film shoot, I will be using a Canon 600D, with various Lenses (50mm – f1.4, 18-55mm, 80-200mm). I also acquired the eimo DSLR shoulder mount rig with follow focus, matte box and follow focus from Amazon.co.uk.(Here: http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B00CA5KMCY/ref=pe_385721_37038051_TE_3p_dp_1 )
I was a bit apprehensive at first as the cost (at a very low price of £130) seemed too good to be true, in other words, cheap and plastic. But having arrived today, I’ve set it up and I’m quite surprised at how sturdy it is. For what we’re doing and the no budget we have, this was always going to be a Charlie Sheen winner, compared to the high-end equipment, which would cost hundreds/thousands itself.
But I’ll let you know how I get on with it and its ease of use.
Sound wise, it’s a bit of an issue – I’d obviously love a high end Sennheiser mic or a Rode NTG-3 with shock mount and a proper boom pole, but needs and budgets must, we ain’t got that!! Obviously the on-board mics on pretty much all DSLR’s are pure mince, so external audio with sync to picture is a must. For this we have a Zoom H2N for recording audio.
We done an initial recce of all the locations and I done a few quick floor plans, just to understand where we could block the action and possible camera moves and angles.
Another visit this coming week for another full-on look and rehearsal is definitely required before shooting begins.
A KEY thing before beginning any production of any sort is to gather a list of film references that could enhance your ideas, whether visually or narratively. Here is a list I initially came up with that I thought could inform us throughout this film;
‘Following’ (1998) – Chris Nolan, ‘Leaving Las Vegas’ (1995) – Mike Figgis, ‘The Seventh Continent’ (1989) – Michael Haneke, ‘The Virgin Suicides (1999) – Sofia Coppola, ‘I Stand Alone’ (1998) – Gasper Noe, ‘The Piano Teacher’ (2001) – Michael Haneke, ‘Mulholland Drive’ (2001) – David Lynch, ‘Mouchette’ (1967) – Robert Bresson, ‘Last Days’ (2005) – Gus Van Sant, ‘Le Feu Follet (The Fire Within)’ (1963) – Louis Malle, ‘Wristcutters: A Love Story’ (2006) – Goran Dukic, ‘A Single Man’ (2009) – Tom Ford, A Serious Man’ (2009) – Coen Brothers, ‘Girl, Interrupted’ (1999) – James Mangold, ‘Taste of Cherry’ (1997) – Abbas Kiarostami, ”night, Mother’ (1986) – Tom Moore, ‘Harold and Maude’ (1971) – Hal Ashby, ‘Lilya 4-Ever’ (2002) – Lukas Moodysson, ‘My Own Private Idaho’ (1991) – Gus Van Sant, ‘Control’ (2007) – Anton Corbijn, ‘Eden Lake’ (2008) – James Watkins, ‘Dead Man’s Shoes’ (2004) – Shane Meadows, ‘Wild Bill’ (2011) – Dexter Fletcher, ‘We Need to Talk About Kevin’ (2011) – Lynne Ramsay, ‘Shame’ (2011) – Steve McQueen, ‘One Hour Photo’ (2002) – Mark Romanek, ‘Falling Down’ (1993) – Joel Schumacher.
That’s it for now, but I’ll try and do a daily blog once we start shooting and post our progress.
Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaas!! Bring it!!