Detention Centre Scene
After the weekend of mud, rain and a hectic filming schedule in an industrial yard it was time to get ready for an interior industrial scene that would require approximately 60 extras that would need to face a very cold environment for about 5 hours.
Preliminary planning was once again turned into photographic illustrations and plans were submitted to boards and approved. However, three days before shooting the crew were informed that the generator would now need to be kept outside and the suitable power cable would need to be run into the factory. With virtually every piece of hire equipment out for the Christmas season it was proving difficult to get the necessary items. Studio Scotland has a long filming reputation for client, Knockhill Racing Circuit and they came to the rescue with not only a 40k generator and a wide range of distribution boards, cables and connectors, they also towed the machinery there and after use, back to Knockhill. The latter was necessary as our towing 4x4 broke down and the wrong part was sent to the garage that was meant to have it repaired in time.
6.00am saw the crew enter the factory and preparations began for the first shoot that morning at 10.00am. While the factory management had JCB’s working through the night clearing out the silo containers that would be turned into holding cages there was a great deal to do. Prolific safety signage was removed, cages were erected by a local fencing company and generator cables were laid to supply a wide range of Arri lighting heads. Dolly track and crane systems were quickly constructed and tested.
At 10.30am after coffee and biscuits at one of the offices donated by the company for production staff use, the prisoners were marched into the detention complex. After a further briefing from the Director the first shot was under way, and after a few teething problems the shot was in the can. After lunch the prisoners returned, now adorned in red jump suits to another section of the factory where the crew were completing the finishing touches for the incarceration scenes.
The temperature was dropping and breath, with the prisoner’s backlit, added to the unfriendly and cold environment. The scenes being shot would be used for various sequences throughout the film and required the use of not only the main camera system the Red One MX with RPP lenses but also the use of a Sony PDW-700 that would emulate mobile phone footage.
With filming completed by 5.00pm the crew returned on Sunday to put the factory back to the way they had found it. Sunday was also used to re-do a couple of scenes from the previous weekends filming where director Stu Menelaws was unhappy with changes in the ambient light level, despite trying to match levels with a range of film lights and large diffusion screens.