Well it has been an amazing process.
361MC – Final Media Productions module is coming to it’s end. At the start of the year i was in two minds about how i would treat this module. I din’t know whether i would fear it because there would be so much work or if i would greet it with arms open wide.
I think throughout the whole process it has been a mixture of both. From my original idea about the child with cancer i wish really looking forward to challenging myself, but the project became unstable and to difficult to complete. The fact that i would be working with children creates a a massive problem and there has to be so much organisation and determination to carry on and complete the required checklist in order to create that type of project. For one person, it was too much hassle.
At that point i teamed up with Sunil Singh with his story about four friends who go travelling and come across an extra terrestrial encounter. When i heard this idea, i was intrigued because i have never seen that type of story executed as a short film. It would have been an interesting narrative to get involved in. Then the story started to develop and Michael Abley joined the project, looking at this now i am so happy there were three of us. Between us all we have all contributed and made the project what it is today. As the tory developed we grew stronger and sorted everything out logistically towards the film, planning recce’s test shoots even 15 or more auditions, we were determined to achieve the best we possibly could.
So after we had the story and the script nailed, we then found the perfect location to suit it. Galloway Forest Park played such a big character in our film because that is where the whole film is shot, we haven’t cheated any shots or any location apart from the reveal shot. Choosing Scotland was an amazing opportunity for us, it was the chance to get out of England and get some nice beautiful footage of the highlands. This is a very good addition to our film, comparing our film to other FMP’s that have been shot brilliantly, they lack the detail of location. There is no big establishing shot, it all looks grey and we kind of know it’s England. there are only a handful of people that went abroad, but keeping that in mind some of the stories are weak, it is the mixture of having a good story as well as a good production that will make your film progress. So after we knew we were going to film in Scotland we nailed all of the Pre-Production and got it all down to a tee in terms of organisation. The when it came to production it was a different story.
The production went swift a smooth after we made a big alteration to the schedule. Over the three days we shot a lot and there was a lot of work completed by the crew which we have thanked them greatly for. When we got to Scotland there was a big change it light, and the da’s became longer so we had to re-jig the schedule and we were on our way. This was a big setback, but we did keep calm about it, because we were not going to blow this chance and ruin the film. So the first day we filmed most of the montage as well as the cabin, leaving day two to concentrate on the mian parts of the film. This didn;t go to plan considering two generators broke down on us, but again we thought quickly and decided to film the rest of the cabin shots. leaving us with the hardest shoot on the last day. We finished ll the montage stuff off leaving the mammoth night shoot, which in total was 7 hours through the night. It was intense but an amazing experience. I wouldn’t change anything apart from having a different generator.
So we left it all to do in post-production, which again went swiftly and with the teams organisation it was a brilliant process. the major hiccup here was sound and we did fix that after some excellent work from our included team members. We created three edits, two which were rough and the final one with one trailer as well. it has to be said we really did come a long way in 6 months.
So overall the project has been amazing, the experience i have got from taking part in this mammoth task and project was a mazing. I have learned so much as an individual and the skills and technical ability that i have picked up over this project and the last three years have really shaped into a positive professional media producer.