‘The clothes make the character’ is a famous quote I’m probably misremembering by a famous actor. Well it’s true and I would include make-up in that mangled quote.
‘The clothes and the make-up… er… make the character’ – Andrew Harmer
One of the real pleasures I had when shooting The Fitzroy was watching the actors come in in the early hours of the morning, often tired, occasionally grumpy, only to emerge a little later from the make-up and costume room as laughing, smiling, characters, completely transformed. It was a joy to behold.
Make-up and Costume are so important to a film, especially when the film is a period piece. We’ve been blessed on The Fitzroy to have a great team creating the look. Spearheaded by Poppy Bell (costume) and Karen Evans (make-up), they have worked wonders on a minuscule budget.
But enough of me waffling on. I’ll let them explain it themselves in our latest behind-the-scenes video.
So how’s the shoot going?
We completed the six days of pick-ups, four in the studio and two back on our old friend, the submarine.
This section of the shoot threw up a couple of interesting challenges.
We had the worst start imaginable. The kind of start all film productions fear… we had no camera gear!
I won’t go into details (if you fancy that you can read more about the ‘day of panic’ on producer James Heath’s blog). Mercifully, by 4pm the camera arrived and we flew into shooting. Thanks to the hard-working cast and crew (the art department had to pull an all-nighter, what stars!) we managed to shoot everything and claw ourselves back to being on schedule.
The other issue again was somewhat unexpected. Due to unforeseen circumstances our wonderful 1st Robyn, had to drop out the night before the last two days of the pick-ups.
With a few scrambled phone calls and emails we managed to find another 1st. We met her on the sub, introduced the cast and crew and gave her a tour. We started to talk through the first setups and all was going fine. I went to make myself a cup of tea. When I returned I was greeted with the news that our new 1st had been feeling ill and had left!
So we were stuck in the middle of the Medway with no 1st ad. Now a 1st ad basically runs the shoot. They hurry the crew along and make sure we are sticking to the schedule – they are kind of the boss. Normally a 2nd or 3rd ad would step up, but we didn’t have those guys on this shoot (keeping the budget tight). The only solution was for one of the producers, James Heath, to step into the mix and become the 1st ad for the two sub days. Thankfully he did a good job and we managed to capture all the shots we needed.
Around 90% of the film is now shot and we are very happy with the footage. Some time in July we’ll be shooting the last few scenes, which will include a day of exteriors on the beach and a day of green screen studio shooting. Then the film will be fully wrapped.
In the meantime we are jumping into the post production and cutting what we have shot so far!