It has been a long time since I have blogged, what better time than to do it now with the release of my short film.
So, lets start from the beginning, how did this film come about? I had no projects on and my brother, who was studying film and media at College, wanted to shoot something. We went out onto the streets of Didsbury, with my Canon 60D and Zeiss 50mm 1.4, and started looking for inspiration. It was a particularly wet day so we started to capture mirror reflections in the large puddles dotted around. This was the start. I know it doesn’t sound like anything but this got me onto the road of filming the short. I planned another shoot in the centre of Manchester the week after and this is what got me thinking into shooting something bigger.
I have always had an interest in homeless people, their stories, their journey and I had made a short film in University about a local community centre, which regularly opened as a soup kitchen for homeless people. I had always wanted to revisit this subject and it seemed now would be the perfect opportunity.
Leading up to the first day of shooting I had to come up with some sort of solid idea. What could I do that everyone who calls themselves a filmmaker hasn’t done or attempted before? I couldn’t. So I decided to draw up some basic questions and on the day find some homeless people and speak to them.
I put plenty of thought into what to ask and how to approach people, asking people on forums, reading up on other filmmakers experiences, it all came down to, treat them how you would treat any other human being. Simple. If I treat them with respect, I shouldn’t have any problems.
Now, as it’s like with most productions, you don’t really want to head out by yourself into a busy city centre with all your camera gear, one for security reasons and two because your setup is so much quicker if you have at least a couple of people to help. I had my brother, I needed one other.
I got a reply from my man Dean Carter (@DeanCarter), I setup a meeting time and place and I had my small crew.
What to shoot on was a no brainer, at the time I owned a Canon 60D with Zeiss 50mm. Small, light, inconspicuous, great picture, perfect. After all, I didn’t want to over awe anybody, I wanted to make them feel as comfortable as possible with me, especially as I was just approaching them on the street. Coupled this with the extremely light weight and durable Sachtler Ace, Zoom H1 digital audio recorder and clip mic and we were ready to go.
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