The Flock: Update

Francesca L White as Isabel

Francesca L White as Isabel

It might not seem like it, but we’re progressing nicely with the crowdfunding teaser film for The Flock. Dubbed ‘Leaving Grateful’, the teaser is a very short prequel to the main film, showing events set about 8 years prior. It also introduces three of the main characters- Isabel, Abel and Vera.

The shoot was broken down into the constituent scenes and shot, as a lot of indie shorts are, over a number of weekends. Luckily, none of the scenes are interrelated; they’re connected by Isabel’s Final Broadcast, used as the linking scene and voiceover to the remaining scenes, all of which show a separate event in the film.

Filming the Final Broadcast scene itself was an experience. A small radio studio, generously offered by Corby Radio, was the location. It was August and, as anyone who was in Britain over summer 2018 would tell you, it was HOT!

Cinematographer Alex Powell

Cinematographer Alex Powell

This one 90 second scene took us a day to shoot. It has about 20 set ups and technical requirements that made it a more difficult shoot than we originally expected. Luckily, on the technical side, we had Wayne Reay with us. Wayne is an audio recordist and sound designer by trade but he’s also a hero in disguise! Thinking laterally, he saved the day more than once and we will always be indebted.

Wayne Reay, superhero in disguise.

Wayne Reay, superhero in disguise.

The image at the top of this post is a still from the shoot. Francesca L White played Isabel with an understated gravitas which was a pleasure to watch, especially as she’s a live wire off camera!

Great fun, hard work and now can’t wait to get into the editing suite. More updates soon.