Lights.. Camera.. Campaign! Part 2: The Day of Reckoning

On Friday we went down to the location for The Fitzroy.

The mission? To shoot the pitch video for the crowd-funding campaign.

The location? A decommissioned Russian submarine nick named the Black Widow (love that name).

It was great to visit the sub again, I shot my short film SUNK there last year. It is a stunning location. The sub sits at a lean in the middle of the Medway river in Rochester, you have to take a boat out and then climb a rickety ladder up to the deck, not easy with a tripod and camera.

Inside it is unbelievable. As you descend the stairs and the natural light disappears an eeriness surrounds you. It is like stepping into a time capsule.

The sub hasn’t really been touched since it was decommissioned, the submariners pinups up’s are still up by their bunks and old Russian newspapers are still lying around.

I do not envy the men who had to live and work on the submarine, away at sea for three months at a time. It is a tight cramped space. I’m 6ft 7in and there is only a couple of places I could stand up straight. Needless to say I cracked my head on pipes and valves a couple of times. Goodness knows how we are going to work a full cast and crew down there… but we will.

For this shoot it was just Liam and James, the producers, and crew wise we had Bruce on sound and (another) James on camera. We can’t thank the guys enough for their work, it looks and sounds brilliant, they did a great job.

I can’t quite say the same for me… turns out I’m not the new John Craven. As you might have gathered from last weeks blog I was ‘bricking it’. I am not an extrovert and selling myself doesn’t come naturally. BUT, after some initial nerves and a lot of fluffed lines I did start to get the hang of it… I think.

It took us about five hours to shoot the video and I’m so glad we shot it on the location. Not only is it incredibly cinematic but it is lovely to be able to show it to you guys as well.

We also spent an hour taking some publicity shots as well as some measurements for our production designer. Although the sub is amazing it is going to require a lot of dressing if we are to turn it into a lived in hotel!

The next stage is to crack on with the editing… in the meantime here are a few stills… and for more updates do sign up for our newsletter on our website.


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