Back on set
Finally it's been time to do the pick up shots, and it's been great to back on set and actually shooting something. Some of the old crew were free to return, and it was great to see them, and the new crew were all excellent as well. Ian was on set for the first day for a quick shot of him reading a magazine at a bus stop. This meant that we had to keep stopping as the bus turned up and bemused passengers got off, but I'm happy to report that the people of Hackney are still stupidly polite when you're filming. Not one complaint, lots of nice comments, and generally very friendly and helpful people. It's not like this in south London.
Everything was going Ok until we had to do the balcony cut aways at dusk, when it decided to piss down. Obviously shooting in August you should be prepared for bad weather, but luckily it blew over so )I hope) we managed to get everything. The plus side was that when we went to shoot the pub exterior (the Bricklayers in Hoxton for Richards bar) it looked as if we'd paid for a wet down, all gleaming neon reflected in the roads. Day two was more of the same, and by five o'clock we were all done. It's a terrible feeling because you don't want to pack everything up and then think of a shot you're missing, but after much wracking of brains we decided we had enough.
This was followed by the good news that we're now working with Lip Sync, a post production house in soho, to get everything ready up to the HD master. We still need to find a little more money, but not nearly as much as we did before. So Friday we're back in the edit suite to drop the cutaway shots in, try adding some of the excellent incidental music Remy the composer has been writing, make maybe one or two final tweaks before officially locking the cut down so we can start scanning the film ready for the final print. Maybe then I can go and get some more work and stop living off dried bread. Until we realise we need to go and get some more pick up shots.