Filming Day 2

The second day of filming is the 28th of October, the following day. We first of all made a quick trip to Tesco to buy the food supplies that we needed as props for the day, we did this on the morning of the filming day because we didn’t want to buy the food early and it go out of date. We then went straight to Grange Farm where we planned to film, as the girlsĀ had already been dropped off there first.

When we arrived, the first thing that we does was to sort out the props that we were going to use. I had already prepared the labelled boxes, and we had already bought the food, so the main thing that we needed to do was the card. Because we wanted to film Macey drawing on the front of the card, we hadn’t made one before hand. We also left the writing down to Macey as then it would look more like a younger child’s handwriting than if we were to write it. However, this did not work out in our favour as Macey’s writing was too messy and not straight, not leaving enough room for the rest of the card to be written. We started the card again, but instead, I wrote the inside, following the style of writing that Macey had used in the one that she had written. While I was doing this, the camera was being set up in the upstairs room of the bedroom. After we had set up the camera we filmed the first few shots of Macey drawing on the front of the card. We managed to film the rest of the bedroom scenes but it took a while due to the dialogue. We struggled with the lighting in the bedroom, because we wanted it to look as though the character Becky had been asleep with the curtains closed. This did, however, mean that the lighting was massively contrasting with the scene in Macey’s bedroom. We used something to prop open the window slightly but tried to also make it so that the lighting was dim enough to look as though she had been realistically sleeping. We will most likely have to brighten the clips during filming because the characters will be hard to make out.

After we had finished these scenes we couldn’t finished the rest of these scenes, we decided to film some of the scenarios first. The events that we film didn’t take too long, however, we did have a few complications, such as the raining scenes. Because it wasn’t actually raining, we used a hose to fake rain. I did this in my AS media entry video where I faked the rain using sound effects and a hose pipe. We couldn’t make it so that the hose pipe reached the area that we wanted, and as well as this, the “rain” that we did manage to film did not show up in camera. This meant that we ending up filming the scene without the hose after all. Therefore, to make this shot successful, we are going to have to turn to the editing side of things and see if we can dim the shot and make it appear as though it is actually raining. We could also make shots shorter so that the fact that there is no rain is less noticeable. If all else fails we are going to have film that scene again, but we will be better prepared next time.

We finished the filming day at 5pm, hen we set off to take Paige back for work. The day consisted of an overall 7 hours of filming from 10am. This included getting the footage necessary as well as recording the narrative on the sound recorder.


Filming Day 1

We have filmed today on the 27th of October. There were complications with the availability of the actors, as something came up for the youngest. This meant that filming time was limited to a few hours. This, however, ended up working out because we only had a few scenes to film out side of the house. It also ended up being okay because Paige had to go to work when Macey had a choir concert.

We set off at 1:30pm and headed for the restaurant that we were going to use as the work place for the elder sister. We decided to film the second half of one of the scenarios first because Paige was available before Macey was. We took Paige dressed in her school uniform to the pub where she “worked” and filmed her getting changed into her work clothes and doing her job. The pub that we filmed at was the West Ashby Arms, after we had got all the footage in and around the pub, we then set off to get Macey, and we filmed the school scenes.

The school that we used to film was Macey’s school in Skegness, which worked out very convenient as the layout of the school and the area around it seemed to fit the way we pictured on our storyboards. It only took a very short amount of time to film the school scenes, as there are only a few shots per scene. After we had got all the footage that we felt necessary, we set off again, dropped Macey back at home and took Paige to work as we had her work clothes with us.

The filming day was overall very successful; getting all of the footage that we wanted, in the limited time frame that we had. We filmed the two scenes: ‘keeping me safe’ and ‘getting money to buy me food’.