In February I had a meeting with Nat - Project 7 collaborator. We decided to make a film and took inspiration from the competitions that set a 24 hour period to do so. We thought with this model it would be manageable within our busy schedules and the film would be completed.
We set aside two 24 hour periods - the first being 12 noon on Friday 22nd June until 12 noon Saturday 23rd June and 12 noon Thursday 5 July to Friday 6 July (the second in case of adverse weather conditions/contingency).
We didn’t strictly follow the 24 hour model. Although I have never taken part in a 24 hour film competition before I did take advice from those who had. We had a few face to face meetings leading up to the the date and a couple of skype meetings and early morning calls. We used google docs to share tasks and see progress of scheduling and potential interviewees.
At the first meeting we decided upon our brief - a tour guide to London with a slant towards the East, to include a lesbian ‘voice’ and perspective and to be for an audience who might be coming to London during and for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
In the weeks leading up to the date we had lined up some interviews through recommendations and our own connections. We facebooked people that we were interested in being a part of our film, contacted Simone, Debs and Sue who we wanted to feature in our film and be a part of the process. Simone who was travelling through Asia at the time and would be back on 20 June was nursing a bad ankle but was up for being a part of the film, we signed her and her bicycle up to be our ‘guide’ through London. Debs and Sue to be part of our vox pop team. We had seen a couple of short films they had made and wanted to include their natural on camera charm to be a part of our film.
We had been strict with ourselves in regards to the 24 hour period even though it has meant that future London 2012 Sitting Volleyball Paralympian - Claire Harvey though enthusiastic to be involved in the film could not be filmed as she would be in Germany for a competition the same weekend, that events that we may have liked to have featured ‘in action’ would not be happening that weekend and therefore would only be referred to. However the support and interest we got from those we contacted spurred us on and our determination to do the film in a SMART fashion.
Scheduling the interviews in the tight 24 hour period was challenging. When doing a 24 hour film project they are normally drama based and you have your acting team as part of the company - they are signed up for the 24 hour period. The documentary approach we were taking and because we wanted to interview people on location at their cafe, school, bar we had to work around the schedules that would be most conducive for filming and interviewing and most importantly their availability.
In the 10 days leading up to 22nd June I would also check Yahoo weather and their 10 day forecast. At one point it was looking hopeful for sunshine on the Friday at least. Then, in the few days leading up as we were getting severe downpours of rain the Friday was forecast with both a rain drop and sun.
With availability of contributors, interviewers and the weather in mind. We decided that no matter what the weather we would make it work. The schedule was fixed on the evening of Thursday 21 June! Nat and Hannah would meet at Stoke Newington School at 12 noon Friday 22nd June.
One notable difference between a 24 hour film competition and our 24 film project was that following some advice from Bonnie Rae Rickman among other well established editors we decided not to edit in the same 24 hour period. We plan to edit and upload the film before the 27 July. Watch this blog for updates. Upcoming blogs will give you a feel for how they day panned out and the various thanks and links to the people, businesses and events that contributed to the making of the film.