Phil Peel

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First day of filming "Autumn Leaves

Posted by Phil On November - 29 - 2011

Filming Autumn leaves in Bournemouth

It was a beautiful autumn day. Ollie and Jess in best retro 1980s gear.  They are playing the younger versions of two modern day adults  (if that makes sense?) in the film adaptation of Michael Sands play “Autumn Leaves”

Jess had learnt all her lines, but as I had unwisely spent a long time setting up the camera and radio mikes, she got tired and announced after the rehearsal that she didn’t want to do any more!

Luckily I had filmed the rehearsal…and after negotiations with her agent Sasha Paul (Mum) she also agreed to do some more takes.

Filming with the GH2 in Poole

Ollie and Jesse were both fantastic. I can never learn lines.  I suppose it’s in the genes!

Filming with Panasonic GH2 in Poole

The crew were mostly Pauls  (Witcombe and Francis)  and Robin who’s taking the photos.

I used the small HDMI monitor on top of the camera so Paul could see the shot to keep the boom out.

Filming with GH2 and HDMI monitor

Though the scene worked well, I realised in retrospect, it might have been more sensible to have shot with multiple cameras (which I could have done as I had other ones there). This would have greatly eased the difficulty of matching the changing eyelines between the close ups and wides.