Director s Journal
On day one before we started filming we had minor delays due to the change of weather so we had to set the filming forward to a later time at approximately 1 hour later, otherwise it would had interfered with the concepts of our filming. Then after that we went back to the set location, and then we got out all the necessary equipments needed for our filming and followed the risk assessments in order to prevent any casualties towards the cast crew and other members of the public. Before we started then filming, As the director it was my duty to get the actress (Emma Worby) ready in the right position, and try to follow the shots used for the storyboard, although because the location was very intriguing, new ideas where developed e.g. the Bird eye view shot was used to follow the actress, which the result would give the idea that she is being watched which worked really well. Emma Worby the main character was portrayed as the protagonists I thought of a brief idea to shoot her coming from a work building where a low angle shot was used to trace her as she starts running, this was suggested because the audience could perhaps not follow it clearly in terms of where she is coming from, however I decided to not let the audience know where she s coming from and to show just the protagonists running straight into the subway, which adds to the curiosity and tension we hope to create in order to represent and convent our thriller genre. Trying to link the subway to the next scene (The Park) was very challenging but hopefully it should work well. Then we also tired different point of view shots (POV) which was in our story board, however it wasn t the same positions we had. I also told the camera person to add breathing whilst she ran with the camera down the tunnel just so we decide to add this to the sequence in the editing suite. We had many other barriers to our filming on Day 1, because we used a subway tunnel, different people was walking past which would had broken the continuity rule, so we had to keep stopping which wasted time. The weather was really harsh on this day, which made filming hard, but overall we made good use of the day. The sounds we picked up was from the subway were ambient noises such as the buses going past, the harsh wind, which in told the editor to make good use of for the overall sequence. I also showed our actress Emma Worby to work on her facial expressions as someone who looks defencelessly , which was our concept of tricking the audience, she had different runs at it , but overall it came together brilliantly. Also we did not visit the location previously, to plan ahead of how we wanted to shoot the scenes, so that also took our time. However for the next day we will visit the next location and decide what shots to use and what the actress to need to do for the entire scene.
On day two we went to the next location to film our park scene, we had a choice to use a jump cut for the overall results between the subway and the park scene linking them both together as we thought we was shooting things in the right order but when we got to Raphael s park the subway tunnel scene did not link with the park scene. Me and Laura was aware of another location at Harold wood Which was a Crooked looking bridge which would go perfectly well for our sequence, hence we decided to use it. The editor was made aware that she would need to put the bridge scene first as it linked with the subway scene. On arriving at Raphael s park the weather was cruel, as it started to rain, however we decided to shoot Exterior extreme shot and long shot angles. Also the actress was very corporative, when I would direct her in terms of the types of facial expressions to make, and also for the long shot we had to shoot it from far, so she was running for a very lengthy time, and we had to repeat the same running scene three to four times because either she was carrying the bag the wrong way round, or something else like sounds was interfering with the continuity of the filming. We filmed at the park location very quickly because the weather continuously changed. Hence we had decided to come back another day, to shoot the close ups and to implement the shots on our storyboard.
We went to our third location, which was the bridge scene. This location was how I imagined as it was very alluring. My plan for this location was different to our sequence analysis I wanted to have the protagonists (Emma Worby) running pass the bridge and as she is , an unknown actor portrayed as a stranger almost who runs her over which would create a gratifying tension, then the character would come out and ask if she was okay, and she would had shrugged him off by saying get off me , this was the scene where a diegetic dialogue was intended, however flaws arose with the actor who was unreliable and was unable to attend on this day as we was short of time, we decided to scrap the idea and just go with something simple. I had an inform consent from the people around there to film, and we made sure we stopped filming when there were passers by. There were also too many noise picked up from the sounds of cars driving pass so time was wasted yet again. My initial plan for this location is that the scene from the subway will transit to the bridge scene, and I intended to make this scene shown very briefly as a location where she passes fairly quickly to her actual destination. However we played around with different points where she could run from to Raphael s park. So we could later on pick the point was that would work well. An interesting High angle was shot which was agreed to be used for our sequence, where the protagonists would be perceived as to be very small which connotates inferiority weak etc. We also got a worm eye view of her face to show her facial expressions, because if most of our filming throughout the sequence was a long shot medium shot of
her running, it would not c aptivate the audience attention as much as we intended hence this was a good shot. The next day would be back to the park location where we would film, close up and extreme close up Exterior and Interior shots, we have already visited Raphael s park on the second day, hence I have already planned what the actress need to do for that scene which would save more time.
On day four, the weather allowed us to work effectively; hopefully it is of benefit for our overall piece of film. We set up our equipments ready for use. As the first time we visited Raphael s park, we shot extreme long shots, from distance in transition from the bridge scene to the Park. I told the actress (Emma Worby) to just start from the slope that leads to her destination; this is where we decided to make good use of extreme close up shots. I had to remind the actress her positioning the way she carried her bag to not break the continuity rule. My initial plan was to use distinctive heightened circumstances to create tension, which was her nearly getting run over and her falling down. So we decided to shoot were she falls at this location, which was even better because where she was running to was a slope, so it would preferably make sense to have her fall at that point. For this scene a stuntman would had been a better choice, however we did not have one so in order to prevent the actress injuring herself , we laid Jackets on the floor where she would land from a medium shot of her. I instructed her to run slow but act as if she hurt herself by having her legs flying out in the air, with this technique she could fall gently so the falling is not brutal causing casualties. When we went further to shoot the close up I told her to show that she is been badly hurt and has sprayed her ankle and take her time whilst she tries to get up, this lowers the heightened effect for a reason, because throughout the sequence we have seen her just running so it could be perceived as the protagonists is at peace and perhaps gotten away from what she was running from. Then also when she gets up, I instructed the actress to limp so as it links with her falling and the fact that she has probably escaped. We had slight problems at this location where the first time we visited the Raphael s park, the building we intended to use which was the park public toilet, had an entrance door we wanted to use as to show her going inside. But today the door to the female s toilet was locked and we did not find anyone who could open it for us. Hence we decided to use the Male s toilet door with permission from the public cleaners we saw at the park they were very supportive. So I had to think of a spontaneous idea, which was that the protagonists would try to open the locked door with the keys, but fails then she goes round the corner, where we spotted a caged toilet window, and she tries to enter through there but fails, then she goes round still limping, then this is now where the audience will start to change there opinions who she was imposed to be. Then when she goes to the second door, I told her to try different approaches into opening the door, whether a kick with her foot or just push it open. Then she tried both and was successful however we have to decide which one to use at the editing suite.
This was the last footage we would have of Emma Worby, the next day would be to shoot the final scene with Aaron the Antagonists where the real essence of the sequence starts to unveil.
Day 5 our last day of filming, our Actor (Aaron) informed us he was unable to attend today s shooting. However we already planned ahead of this circumstances we had a reserved actor (Robin) who is now playing our Antagonists. On our previous location, as the actor was not there on the day, we shot Emma scene as she pushes the door opened, as if there was someone in the room. To link this two together with today filming, we already decided to use a blue screen and create an artificial environment for the background. The cast crew team had different roles to play and not just one role allocated, for example I was the make up artists who made an artificial bruising on the antagonists face, and also tied the cloth to his face, and tapes to his hands. I instructed him to just look straight at camera, as if he was looking at the protagonists, in the editing suite a shot reverse shot would be used. The overall results would be brilliant, and come out just how we wanted it. Acknowledgements to the crew and the Actor and Actress they worked extremely well.