Week Three was an odd one. There was less to shoot in terms of full days but some of the scenes were bigger in terms of importance than previous weeks. Monday saw us back in the TV studio with a few filler moments, in the build-up to a big moment in the film. Lots of good fun between cast members and the students coming along to support us – Morgan Mellor and Declan Godfrey, who have been helpful from day one. In the late afternoon it was a few filler moments to get through and then we were done around 6pm. Considering how manic the first two weeks were this felt strange. I was ominous about how well things were going. We had reached the half-way point and that was something to fear. It’s easy to plateau at the mid-way point. Either you’re doing great and take it for granted, are doing poorly and lose hope, or things are just getting done as you’d like but you have to remind yourself to keep going, and keep pushing for better. When the pace shifts, and you’re working with different groups of actors it can screw you up a little. It can feel like you’re making several different mini-films. So instead of the physical and mental exhaustion of previous weeks, this week was one of having to remind ourselves of how good the content of previous weeks had been, what an achievement it had been, and how these mini in-between scenes were necessary, and we couldn’t let them be mediocre by breezing through them.
Tuesday we shot all over the place. First in the local arboretum, then the home of the lead character (kindly lent out to us by Shaun Woodgates and Stacey Cross), then later at some nearby warehouses. The scenes couldn’t have been any more different. All good fun though, and it was one of those days where time constraints didn’t interfere and we were able to enjoy the day for what it was – spending hours creating something, surrounded by people you enjoy being with (the BTS video clearly shows that). I can’t say too much about what happened on the day because I don’t want to reveal any (big) spoilers.