Thursday July 30th was our final (18th) day of the shoot. Our first full day without Liam since the start, and a strange one, as always. By now you’ve most likely seen our final Behind the Scenes video – a little less manic than the first four, but still accurately capturing the fatigue and final farewells. I’ve said for a while now that I feel that ‘MUTE’ is the start of a new phase for Quandary Productions, most notably with cast changes, improved technical quality, and a bigger crew, so it seemed fitting that the final day of the shoot was with the Quandary Old-Timers (regulars who had been there since we started with nothing at all back in 2009). We started with Tom and Shaun, getting through one of the more comic scenes, then welcomed Rob Smith in the afternoon to get one of the more serious work scenes done. And we finished ahead of schedule. It was a nice reminder of how we began, how much we could enjoy just focusing on the beats of a scene and adding even more levels of humour.
In the late afternoon, the final few hours of the shoot, at the Platform Bar, Engine Shed (which I’d booked out, having been unable to get the original location we had desired), we began filming with Charles Cromwell again. We had four hours to get through one of the bigger (most integral character-wise) scenes of the film. We didn’t have enough extras (though we are lucky enough to have a select few students and friends who have consistently been there for us, and we are forever grateful), but the scene actually benefits from it being sparse, staged and cold. Luckily Chas and the rest of the cast were all people I knew I could rely on, and the majority of the content we got was on the first take. We finished an hour early (a little annoying as we paid for four hours, but at least we could begin to celebrate earlier). All hugs, and packing up – then came the long, emotionally-cold walk home. Where the world continues, without any idea at all of what has just happened. I’ve compared making a film to running a marathon where no-one is watching before, and that was the moment we crossed the finish line. Nothing had changed.