The Forest Scene
While filming was due to start in March of 2013, a change in schedule was required as the forest that would set the scene for a dramatic chase sequence was earmarked for clearing around that time. After much quick thinking, a mad rush ensued to gather the necessary props, actors and production equipment that would be required to begin shooting at the start of November 2012.
Stage one required several visits to the woodland complete with swamp and marsh to ascertain where dolly tracks and cable cam rigs would be needed to capture fast action scenes. Andy Graham, Chief Grip, David and Peter Graham of Burrell Design Studios began the week long task of constructing a number of foundational supports that would hold a two man dolly rig and a fully kitted RED One MX camera system.
Stage two saw the delivery of all the aluminium track and the need to run several camera tests helping to iron out anomalies. The swamp section required further underpinning as the weight on the dolly began to sink into the marshy ground. The problem was compounded by heavy rainfall all through that week.
Although the production mechanics for the forest scenes were now complete, many of the props required to complete the military police uniforms were held up in customs. Every day that passed saw the weather changing, getting colder and colder which was speeding the demise of the flora and fauna in the forest. While Director Stu Menelaws had visualised a somewhat winterised scene, a completely lifeless forest was not wanted, an added issue was that, houses could be seen on the horizon where foliage was dying away – this was beginning to limit filming angles.
With the filming moved forward another issue that was causing concern was the requirement for a set of IRND filters which are imperative for Hi-End digital cinema cameras. Studio Scotland had an order in place with Schneider Optics, however they could not deliver these specialist filters quickly enough and, after much thought, it was decided to purchase a set of PANCRO Mirror IRND’s from the US.
November 2nd, and the crew and actors gathered just outside Lanark in Scotland to begin filming on a cold winter morning. The first scene was the swamp shoot and while one of the soldiers spent most of the time under the water instead of running through it, the shots look great! As the day wore on the set began to resemble something out of a WW1 trench scene, with mud up to the knees in places and the swamp becoming unmanageable.