SHOOT DAY 2
When we arrived, we were split into 2 groups- one working on location at the community garden and one team working off site at location 2 in the town house. I was in the group that was to go and work in the house with the role as director.
We had to decorate the house using the skills we had learned about production design in one of the previous sessions. I worked closely to Matt to look at the best camera angles for the scenes, especially because we were working in an incredibly small space.
For each scene it took a lot of preparation, due to the small space, lighting and inability to move around with the camera’s very easily. For the first scene- James arguing with his father- we needed to make the mood really dark and so we creating shadows and low lighting to create tension within the scene. The scene where James leaves the house after grabbing the alcohol from the mantelpiece, I needed to think carefully about the positioning of the camera because the room was small and I needed to fit into the shot: the door from the stairs, the sofa, the mantelpiece and the door to leave the house.
We also shot the flashback scene where James is walking down the street swigging from the bottle of alcohol he had previously grabbed from the mantelpiece. This was one of the most interesting scenes to shoot of the day, because it involved a lot of movement- both by the actor and the cinematographers. This took longer than expected as we needed to get the speed and timing right in relation to the positioning of the camera and the actor.
After we had finished filming at the house, we went back to the garden location to get the last scenes: James waking up at the garden after drinking, and finding the greenhouse in the night. The lighting was really hard to work with as it was almost pitch black and we were filming outside. If the light was too harsh, it would look fake and unrealistic. I feel like the events in these scenes were the turning point for the James’ character as it was when he first saw the greenhouse- a beacon of light and hope in otherwise darkness. I feel like the scenes were really poetic and metaphorical and so it was essential that they were shot perfectly as to really draw out the significance of the turning point in James’ life.