While going out to record our trailer, Nichola had assistance from Oscar Holmes (@oscaryh_ on Twitter) to record behind the scenes of out trailer. When recording films it is interesting to see behind the scenes of films to see what it is like for actors to perform without the CGI/ non diegetic sounds as well as discussing ideas with the director, however we usually see more in depth knowledge when actors are interviewed after the movie premieres. Behind the scenes footage is a way of showing all the work that is done behind a camera to make a film or media product.
Throughout this montage of each recording session and the preparation we had to go through before getting the shot. This was done using a Sony DSC_WV500 as it was small and portable enough to carry around. Nichola divided each day up and used a fade transition to indicate the days passing. The one scene that took the longest to create was the dead body scene in Eltham because the sliced throat took an hour to create and we had to create an area that looked like a crime scene. As well as making a behind the scenes we also had enough footage to create a bloopers to look back on when the main actors (Nichola Humphreys, Matthew Roberts, Thomas Duncan, Zachary Creer) forgot lines or did something incorrect.
Storyboard and Script
When creating these, Nichola had the director, Matthew Roberts, explain the story to me and what he imagines the trailer to be like and then she brainstormed a few ideas on to a storyboard, this wont be the final one as it was only for ideas. Once Nichola had a rough idea for the storyboard she started to discuss with the group as to whether parts could be improved, this involved messaging one another as she was working from home.
Some improvements included changing the song in the middle from an L.A. Noire soundtrack song to more suited song to the genre, (insert song). As well as that we changed some shots around like the three dead bodies and fight scene between Zachary Creer and Matthew Roberts. After finishing up the script, we came up with the final draft, which ended up being more tense and action packed that the previous draft.
Acting Day 1- Camden
This was the day we started filming and my group travelled to Camden Town to record shots. One of the first shots was for Nichola and Zachary Creer to sit on the edge of the Camden river and look out to the rest, to prevent our costumes from getting too dirty. After gathering a few scenic shots we then went on to the shot of Zachary Creer walking through Camden market, at this point Nichola followed behind him and made sure that there was a constantly over-the-should shot and attempting to maintain the focus on him. This also applied for the other shots we filmed in Camden, Nichola only took over from myself when extremely low shots were needed or fast moving shots as she had the steadiest hands.
Acting Day 2- Eltham
This filming day was straight after Camden so we had all the camera equipment ready to go. Eltham is where Nichola was going to play two roles, one being the anti’hero with short white hair and the other being the sister that is murderer, this meant having FX makeup put on her by Lauren Brooks (scar wax, paint, vampire blood and syrup blood). When we got to the forest scene then Nichola had her ankles tied up with a rope and flung over a tree branch to give the impression that she had been hanging from my ankles, this was done by Matthew Roberts and Connor Brooks.
As I was a main part of these shots Nichola had to take camera control, unfortunately we had to switch cameras half way through recording as the DSLR had a very temperamental battery, meaning we had to shoot with the Sony Cyber-shot (when there were scenes with both Nichola and myself, Matthew Roberts took over. The filming location also changed from the forest to Eltham Scouts Club. The scene that caused more difficultly was when I “stabbed” Zachary Creer in the hand as we all had to stand still so then FX makeup could be applied to his hand.
Acting Day 3- Wimbledon
As Lauren Brooks was unavailable to do FX makeup Nichola brought a couple of tubes of fake blood with her as we would be recording two more dead body scenes and a few shots that would require blood such as Zachary Creer getting punched in the face and the aftermath of the quick time action shot we filmed in Eltham. The first dead body was Oscar Holmes whose face we covered up so it doesn’t appear that we killed him twice through our trailer. The second body shot was Matthew Roberts, we covered his face up with a plastic bag but ensured there were air holes to prevent suffocation, as I was unavailable that day, Nichola and Matthew Roberts shared the filming role.
When we were done designing/shooting the body scenes, we then moved onto action shots within Merton Park this including Zachary Creer and Nichola doing a running shot away from the camera and Nichola “punching” Zachary Creer in the nose. The one part in these scenes that Nichola could’ve done better would be if she didn’t continue to run when she pretended to punch Mr. Creer.
Acting Day 3- Kingston
These were the last shots that we needed to film for our trailer so we decided to film them in Kingston where we initially hired the equipment. The first shot we did was when Nicholas character insists on helping the police force even though she isnt a police officer, for this she had to push Zachary Creer against the wall and say “That f*cko killed my sister!”, when doing this she made sure not to push too hard so that she could prevent hurting Zachary.
Lastly we shot the scene where Zachary Creer gives Nicholas charcter a license to murder people who she deems threatening and the shot where her ans Zach are sitting on the ground contemplating the busy fight scene filmed in Eltham. Doing the last shot meant that they both had to have blood on their faces (again) and look quite tired and beaten up. Matthew Roberts did both filming and putting the blood on them.
Overall I am pleased with my performance and I would be happy to act again if it was needed but I do belive that I could learn more skills such as getting confident at stunts as I was a bit apprehensive about doing them, for example ‘”stabbing” Zach in the hand as I was worried that I would actually hurt him.