|Location by Day|
|Location Graded for Night|
So overall the location was a 'No', it was too small, didn't offer enough in terms of story and as John pointed out 'It's not derelict!' - it was also right on the doorstep of the owners house. Slightly impractical. While they had a 'Work away' attitude, I'm sure they have no idea just how intrusive a film crew is, especially one shooting at night. We might find on the second night, at 3 am, having woken them up for the fifth time, a grumpy housewife walking into shot in her nightgown telling us to find somewhere else to make our film!
We headed straight from there to the second location. One Richie and I had looked at late one evening as the sun was going down. It was pitch black inside and our only source of light was a candle and the light from our phones! So I didn't really get a sense of the space. But it was a different story during the day. As we pulled up to this large old mill, complete with rows of shed and 80 foot chimney stack, John said 'I don't even have to see inside, this is the place.'
|Me at Location|
|Me at Location Graded for Night|
I'm never sure about shooting Day for Night, I always see it in films and it jars me out of them. There's a big difference in the lighting, the skin tones, how shadows fall and the overall quality of the piece. It creates the wrong type of atmosphere. I love when it's done in the old Hammer Horror films, makes my smile. But not for this. I'd rather work as close to the environment we're trying to portray as possible. Shooting at night lends a certain atmosphere that is simply unobtainable in the day. And I want that to translate to the screen.
While the second location is expensive it gives us so much more that, for me, makes it worth it. I'm getting very excited about getting in there to dress the set and to light it. It's going to be a challenge I'm sure, probably ten times harder than I'm imagining, and who the hell wants to work from 8pm to 4am! But I think it's the right choice and will give us the dark, atmospheric, gritty crime thriller I set out to make two years ago!
Can't wait to get stuck in!!!
In some other news, the short film I directed and edited last year, Raise My Hands, is finally hitting the road - starting with the IMDB page. We've started entering festival and I'm cutting the trailer on the other screen right now, that should be up soon! More news coming.