I have been asked to make a film for Transition Turriefield – the nearby vegetable place where I work on a Thursday afternoon, when required.
I took my “sound guy” or my OH as he is better known. He knows what to do. His job was to stand in a ditch with a snare drum head to act as a windshield for the microphone. Whatever works.
It was a Volunteer Day so they were volunteered into being my cast.
I was the Director and vaguely had an idea of what I wanted to achieve. I see my work as an ever-evolving organic process (in my head, that makes sense), ie I have no plan.
There was lots to think about – like the light, the background, would it work…… (I will admit I took my camera’s instruction manual with me as I haven’t actually made a film like this before. I didn’t tell anyone that I didn’t know what I was doing).
Everyone walked up and down the hill endlessly, shouted, held up cards and hopefully, laughed as well. I did try to make it fun rather than arduous.
And I was not the complete slave driver. I did allow a tea break. I am considering turning up on Volunteer Day from now on, just for the biccies.
Then, once I was happy we had everything “in the can”, so to speak, the volunteers went home. My sound engineer and I continued to do more filming of Penny and Alan, the owners.
Now we were filming the narrative. There is still lots more work to do on this project but it is fun and I have plenty of out-takes that can be used for ransome vegetables.