The studio, where lead actress, Morgan Carberry (Danni Makovitch), will be debating with callers, is under construction. Various props have been brought in to stylize the scene which has a burgundy theme. Broadcast software has been designed and constructed for the brand new studio monitors and PC system donated by Studio Scotland.
The desks are a Danish design and have been finished in burgundy to match the walls. The local supermarket just happened to have a new line in burgundy coffee mugs which Danni will be duly sipping from.
With rail track laid down in two areas of the studio, lighting was tight. German technology, in the form of little unit Dedolights, is fantastic in a situation such as this. Cool lighting was also supplied by Coolights and Lightpanels, helping to keep everyone from overheating in a small environment.
Friday 8th and the Danni Makovitch scene went very well – make-up and hair took a little longer than expected but Danni’s “look” was still being worked out at the last moment despite the actress spending all day at the studio two days before hand working out her wardrobe.
Thursday was set for filming a car chase on the rally track section of Knockhill but the snow was still lying and was cancelled to the following day. If it’s not snowing, it’s the sun causing serious dynamic range issues and long shadows – and just when you have figured a way to shoot the scenes with the awkward lighting a whole series of dark clouds comes out of nowhere to change the plan yet again!
Despite the very difficult lighting problems the crew soldiered on to get a range of dynamic car chase shots that would end in a big mud bath on the following day.
Saturday began with a hazy drizzle and all equipment needed covering throughout the day. Due to the nature of the scenes where two 4x4 vehicles crash through deep water pools and mud and more mud, the drizzle was not an issue and the scenes from yesterday would cut without any continuity issues.
In the script the lead vehicle breaks down in a mud bath and guess what… it actually did! With plant engineer Doug Petrie on hand; he had the machine working in no time.
The parts for “Deborah” the flybridge cruiser had arrived from the USA and Doug, Stu & Jarvie spent two days on the boat. After an hour of running tests, the boat was treated to a final polish, various repairs and the hull prepped. The boat scene was actually written into the script at the beginning of writing but was removed for production cost reasons. After a production meeting it was decided to write the boat back into the script. It has to be said that it has and is proving a costly exercise. The scenes are to be shot both during the day and nightfall at various positions on the River Forth, something that will require a number of days to shoot to get the failing light to match in each scene.