This weekend saw the start of filming for our latest production, 'Significant Witness'. After a shaky start (last minute cast replacement) we managed to get through a whole days filming.
Thanks to Simone Clarke, Charlie Bliss (and Mum), Leah Nicholson and our victim Lindsay Townley for all their efforts.
Now our crime has been committed we can prepare all our evidence ready for filming the first week of August.
Just one more rehearsals to go before we film and still lots of planning to do…
Last Monday we held our second round of auditions and managed to cast three more roles.
The improvised audtions worked well and it was great to see some talented actors/acrtresses. We look forward to working with them shortly.
Rehearsing is coming along well, we just need to have the cast learn their lines now so we can concentrate on the delivery not the reading.
Well it has begun! Rehearsals for the new film have started with the main scenes actors having been cast. Jim and Leah have a huge number of lines to learn and already they are beginning to deliver them with the believability and emotion that we are hoping for the shoot. Leah in particular has shown her talent and ability in drawing in the viewer with some tears that have even us humble producers feeling her ‘pain’.
Next steps are to audition and cast the flashback actors and work Jim and Leah hard so they live their parts so much that the filming becomes a walk in the park!! That is until sound, light, camera and other elements of the filming process require them to do it again and again!
A public well done to all the work done so far and the usual reminder to them to keep learning lines so that they can be directed with the little inflexions and actions that will take their performances to the outstanding that we know they will be.
A highly successful evening of casting and rehearsing. We managed to fill all the roles we were looking for with the auditionees that turned up.
Throughout the process of improvisation, scripting and auditoning it has been interesting to see the characters develop and nice now to have names and faces that the fit roles.
The second half of the evening was spent rehearsing the first scene (called scene 2 much to the annoyance of the Lindsay). A brilliant performance from both Jim and Leah and look forward to seeing their roles develop further the more they learn.
More auditions in a couple of weeks time for other roles.
On Monday we had our first read through of the finished script. On the whole it went pretty well.
It's funny how we transcribed exactly what our actors said in their improvisations which sounded realistic to then hear them read back and for it to sound completely wrong.
We made very few alterations to the script as we went along and feel happy that we have got a good script. We need to alter the ending slightly as it was felt that it ends a little too abruptly and have a session next week to extend it out slightly. Its a fine line between waffling on after the conclusion of the film but letting the audience down gently so they don't feel cheated.
Every week from now on we'll be increasing the team so that when we come to film we'll have all the people we need.
The next session will audition for our complementary actors/actresses and look forward to see how they interact with our two leads.
All starting to come together now.