Tuesday, 30 June 2015

June 30th, 2015

Another filming day - on the hottest day of the year so far!

(I went home from filming last night, and several hours later my face was a bright red; burnt in the sun that day)


I met up with Phil Wooller again, and we dedicated all of today's time to filming in Manchester.

Ultimately it broke down to two sections:

Act 2 Part 1

We shot lots of bits and pieces for the montage sequence...

Urinating against the wall - This was actually filmed twice, due to a continuity error (me wearing the wrong piece of costume). We looked around for a good while to find the best possible wall to piss against, because there's an art in that apparently. Of course, I didn't really pee - I bought a 4 pack of Lucozade Sport, coloured a convenient yellow, and squirted that out.

Smoking - The worst bit, as I've never smoked a cigarette in my life, and I didn't want to end that personal record today. I lit the cig, and then pretended to smoke. At that moment in the video we cut - so you don't see I didn't really take a puff in!

Chewing bubblegum - Harder than it looks, actually!

Eating McDonald's - Sounds fun, yeah? Wrong! As the sequence has a finite running time, I had to eat it quick. Super quick. As I always do when I rush, I got hiccups - and if you look carefully you can see it in the end video! (The footage has been speeded up 8x)

Act 2 Part 2

Lots of shots around Manchester landmarks:

Outside of Manchester Central

By the canal

Near a building site, on St. Peter's Square

At the former Cornerhouse site

A Castlefield backstreet

Market Street

Near to the Birdcage nightclub

Walking towards the old C.I.S. building

The footage outside the Cornerhouse is interesting, as back in the very earliest days of this project (when it was still known as Self 2.0 or The Fool) I wrote in the idea of a closed cinema. This is a nice hark back to a long since abandoned idea!


After me and Phil parted ways and I returned home, I continued filming. I created a few more sequences for Act 2.1's montage:

Horatio taking a bubble bath

Horatio using a straw in his drink

Making/eating beans on toast

Spraying Linx onto himself


Once all those bits were done, I then started to edit again. It's tough, trying to maintain the tone of the sequence, and the energy throughout. I've got about 50% of it left to film; and I may potentially re-film bits already shot, due to poor lighting, or their tone not fitting in with the rest. We'll see.

Minimal filming tomorrow, I think.

Monday, 29 June 2015

June 29th, 2015

A whopper of a filming day!


I met Phil Wooller, my camera man for the day, in Bury. It's where the two of us went to college together, and where a good chunk of Self was filmed back in 2007. We filmed a number of short shots for Act 2 Part 1's music montage in the park next to Holy Cross Sixth Form College, and then jumped on the next bus to Manchester City Centre.

There we filmed a pivotal conversation between Horatio and his friend Graham, from Act 2 Part 2. It's the first scene from that episode to be recorded, and should look OK when edited. If I'm honest though, I'd have preferred Phil (who I was also acting opposite in this bit) to have worn a shirt and tie for the bit... but his acting was fine, so I can't really complain too much.

We also continued to shoot bits for the montage section of Part 1.

Phil shot off to work, and I bussed back home. There, I shot another short bit for Part 2, before I started to edit everything shot on my laptop. The montage sequence, which I haven't really had a feel of before, looks good when set to the intended music (Mika's 'Love Today') but it's clear I've only recorded enough for the first third. I have at least 2 minutes left to go!

Finally, I filmed this - another throwback to Self, part of Part 1's music montage, and seen here compared to the original Self scene:

More filming with Phil in Manchester tomorrow.

Sunday, 28 June 2015

June 28th, 2015

No filming at all done today. Instead, I spent the first half of the day mostly in and out of sleep, as I think I'm coming down with a very mild cold. Ironic when it's getting this hot! The rest of my time was spent at a family BBQ organised by Dad, and then back home:


I've been a good boy, and actually done some writing! I think the pressure of tomorrow's filming helped. After all, I've gone out and organised a camera man... and yet, had nothing I needed him to film! In panic mode, my brain finally committed some ideas down to paper. In effect, the first half of Act 2 Part 2 is now done and dusted, and I like it.

I still can't get my head around the second half of that video, but it's OK. I have enough stuff to film tomorrow. Actually, by the end of the day I could potentially have filmed a good 3-4 minutes of material. Fancy that, hey? It means I will only have a few shots left to go for Act 2.1, and will have started on 2.2 (although there's lots I can't film until my Mum returns off her holiday, as she's needed to act in more than a few scenes)

Wish me luck tomorrow! Will keep this blog updated of course.

June 27th, 2015

A (very tiring) filming day!


Today's filming was perhaps the most nostalgic so far, as I revisited the park where I shot the opening to Self, to recreate that first scene but now 8 years on. To do it, I had to match the original camera angle precisely, as well as the surroundings of the park. Difficult when the wildlife has grown so much since 2007!

Here's what I came up with - left being the footage from Self, and right is the newly recorded scene from Fellow. The split screen is how is plays in Fellow:

I also reshot this short scene, completely:

And here's the 2015 update:

Oh, and it's difficult to fully explain what I mean, but I'll give it a go... I created a brand new shot, set within the time frame of Self. By that, I mean I recorded a 5 second bit featuring young Horatio again. Luckily for me, I didn't have to feature my face (which has visibly aged) or my belly (visibly fatter) - just my fingers. I think they can still convincingly play a teenage version of themselves!

(By the way, this involved a number of commutes to and from home, so I could have the relevant costumes and technical equipments handy)

Afterwards I edited, then met Phil Wooller in Manchester City Centre. Phil was the camera man on Self, and the two of us had a good catch up about the good old days - and then discussed filming on Monday.

I should hurry up and write the damn script!

Friday, 26 June 2015

June 26th, 2015

A filming day! (Well, just...)


I made the commute back to Manchester today - but got in quite late, meaning I was limited in my filming possibilities. I wanted to do something today, just because it's been a few days since any update. So I filmed two short segments, that were left over from last week's shoot.

These were the end of the montage section in Act 2 Part 1, where Horatio bins his old stuff and roots around his loft for his old possessions. Today's filming saw him tear open his bag of old clothes; bridging the montage with the following scene, where Horatio is now dressed as his old self again.

Afterwards, I conducted a test on my old Sony DV camera. I need to film a very, very short shot in the same style as Self. Obviously, I made Self a long time ago now - during college, when I was still using DV tapes. In fact, today's test was shot at the end of the actual DV tape used for the Self production! I'm hoping it matches with another bit filmed in 2007. I'll go back to the original filming location used back then tomorrow and capture the footage. I'll then mix it in with the existing film, and we'll see.

No update on the script. It's swirling around in my head; my subconscious readying it. I would attempt to capture in script form tonight, but I'm shattered. It's almost bedtime, and I think I'd rather wait until tomorrow morning before attempting the writing.