I had an incredible day yesterday at the Sunny shoot. Although it was a small and lean film shoot in regular terms, there's still a vast amount of hard work entailed to making these happen and it's a massive collaborative process. Having a great bunch of people on the team makes the shoot so much more enjoyable and smoother running, yesterday was no exception.
Here's a run down of the 16 team members involved:
Myself as Stylist and my DoP hubby Den, James the Director, Hair & Makeup artist Sally, Production Manager Sarah, Lighting supplier Ben, DIT and Location Contact Matt, James on Behind The Scenes and 6 of our film making students and of course Artist Kelly Waters and her husband.
An early start and a car packed full of props and camera equipment, to get to the location - a palatial Victorian property similar to this one. I can tell you I was bog eyed as we pulled up. If I could I would have moved in there and then. Huge doorways, sweeping staircase, tall ceilings and a kitchen big enough to fit extras such as a tall period dresser, an 8 seater dining table and a couple of large armchairs. The biggest reward of this job is of course getting to spy other peoples homes.
The schedule for the day is read before getting down swiftly to business with placing the props and dressing each of the rooms where the scenes are to be shot, while the artist Kelly is in Makeup. 'Sunny' is a happy, catchy tune about Love and has been relentlessly replaying in my mind since we left the shoot last night. Hear and read the lyrics here.
And here's a few shots of the day (apologies to my Instagram followers).
Kitchen scene set up for singing while cupcake making.
Production Manager Sarah, as 'stand in' for shot set up, with James filming the behind the scenes.
The students getting the low down in that kitchen I was telling you about - an ipad with the help of Movieslate app makes a time saving and cool clapperboard.
Bagpuss was the real celebrity star of the shoot but the nodding dogs got some coverage too. As well as styling, I was signed up as Dog Wrangler for the day. This involved tieing some long transparent thread to their ears, sitting down behind the counter out of shot and pulling the threads to nod the bulldogs head to the tune of the music. I had to do the same with a pink and white poodle in the bedroom. The glamour! And a note to self - buy transparent thread for my styling box. There's always something you'll need that you don't have with you and thankfully Matt's mum had some for us to use.
Can you see the thread?
Kelly's makeup getting a touch up from Sally
Bedroom scene and more touching up of makeup taking place
The penultimate scene of the day, scrabble with the song lyrics for words on the board.
And the last scene with Kelly playing her guitar.
The garden scene was ditched due to the low light. Naturally the Director wanted only Sunny conditions and at 8pm last night, was in scant quantity.
Today Den, James and the team, with the help of the students are cutting and editing the video in a suite in Soho. I cannot wait to see it but when it's finished, I'll of course post it up.