At the height of The Great War, a young man signs up to fight for Britain, igniting a feud between his half-German, half-British family
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Despite the almost total flawlessness of our shooting locations, one of the greatest battles we will face will be the unpredictability of the weather, and it’s roll on effects. We have two key scenes taking place in exteriors, so continuity will be a significant hurdle. We have structured a flexible shoot schedule but some things naturally cannot be anticipated. Thankfully we aren’t looking for sunny weather! Furthermore the complexity of the logistical operation means that on our tight timetable everything needs to be organized and working concurrently, the onset of inclement weather could hinder this with conditions varying from gale force storms to snow drifts, which could close roads and train lines.
We have a lot of crew and cast to move over 500 miles north to Caithness, and a separate convoy with extra equipment hired from Panavision and Provision. From a practical point of view the venture is a vast undertaking and will by no means be painless, but with structured preparation and contingency options hopefully any major problems will be avoidable. We have secured our base equipment and locations for only 10 days so any major tribulations resulting in delays will have repercussions on the shooting schedule over the remainder of the production. The ambition and scale of our project requires maximizing time usage and tactical forecasting with the limited daylight hours in February in northern Scotland.
Furthermore, to subdue reality for the audience a huge amount of historical accuracy needs to be implemented. We already have taken a historian onboard, however the attention to detail with props and wardrobe is vital, so securing an authentic look is critical and by no means a simple job; any slip-ups could ruin the sense of realism we so desire for the audience. A period Drama is plagued with challenges such as this, so a huge amount of research is going into place to make sure everything from the cutlery to the curtains is selected to fit within the era of our story, and compliment rather than detract from the objectivity of our story.
Nevertheless, these obstacles are not deterring our project in any way. Rather, the crew are motivated by the innovation that comes with a project as ambitious as this, and working hard to overcome and prepare for any major problems we may anticipate.
The hiring of lights takes out a large chunk of the budget. Natural daylight is somewhat short and unreliable in the North of Scotland! Luckily we have received favours and student discounts to make these costs manageable.
Transport is another high cost. Not only do we need to drive a large crew and cast around but we also need to transport a large amount of equipment up and down the country. Unfortunately a RED camera won't fit in through the post box!
We are aiming for 20 minutes. A script will be sent out to our backers shortly so you can get a better idea yourself.
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