When it came to looking over the 11GB of footage gathered over the last 2 days we came across a few issues and concerns.
Firstly we realised we hadn’t recorded outside background noise for the film to have a constant noise between the mix match of shots. But we thought “we’ll do that later on down the line”.
Then we came across the realisation that the shots of MR SUTTON leaving the building and of him running down the streets are all reeally dark. It is almost dusk and for continuity reasons we had an issue.. This is because we got to around 4 o’clock yesterday and quickly did these shots just in case we needed them- watching the footage back we realised we do, but they just seemed odd. But we thought “we can lighten that up in editing”.
Then the biggy..
We watched back the shots we had of the ending- MR SUTTON pulling out a dirty magazine- and it turns out that this too was almost black! We were worried about this when filming, we had no plugs in the Public Toilet to plug the lights in but it looked okay on cameras LSD screen. This was just unavoidable, unlike the issues before (we had cheap solutions) we couldn’t escape the reality that this was a failure! If we didn’t go back and re shoot the final scene the story would be leading to an unclear punchline and the audience will be left wondering what exactly happened.
“It’s a wrap” .. or not. We went to Gavin and extended the loan on our cameras, which we hadn’t handed back yet and agreed to meet the Wednesday of Reading Week to re film the last scene (along with MR SUTTON leaving the building and a few more “running in the street” shots for the purpose of carrying the story)
Not all bad though, because we are re filming it gives us the chance to do things we wouldn’t have had time to do. For example, I am re-doing the dirty magazine so that it is more obvious (an issue Danny raised). We will also have a lot more time to make sure the camera-work and acting are spot on in this last scene to deliver that perfect punch.
Driving home I realised that Wednesday could be risky, concerning the shooting of outside shots- the snow was a really good addition to setting but it could be melted by then.. so Me and Will agreed we would come in to do it tomorrow (Sat 11th Feb)