Pre-production – idea changes
While contacting all the gymnastic centres around Greenwich none of them were willing to talk to us or allow us to film to create our documentary, so this is a massive let down for us and we had to come up with two more plan b’s.
Our second idea was to film the royal maritime museum in Greenwich and make a little documentary about the day in the life of the staff who work and run the museum. Who runs it? why they work there? do they have history with the museum. What does the curator do, and why? Dominic has looked into contacting them where he went into the museum himself and asked them about it and was giving info to contact them elsewhere, we are still yet to receive a reply and this is wasting time in which we do not actually have.
Plan B x2
we decided as a group to give up on waiting around for the museum to reply, we are running out of time. We came up with the idea of filming buskers in Greenwich, this is down to Dominic found a guy near the cutty sark, who plays very interesting instruments, and plays them all at the same time, which is how he came up with this idea to do. Dominic has taken down the details of the guy and we are currently arranging days to film with him. This has changed my research on sound a little, now I may need to use boom mics and a task cam to make it fit in better with our documentary.
We are now re-planning the film, Dominic and Yashna are working together closely to discuss the new aesthetic and angle of our film and the layout we are going for. The camera operators have been given a list of shots to look into to choose the best ones that are going to tell the story we are looking to tell.
Equipment we are using:
DSLR x3 (cannon 700d) as three of us own them we decided that we would just use them to film our documentary as we know the ins and outs of the camera and know the outcome of the quality and it’s the look we are going for. We are going to do guerrilla filmmaking.
Guerrilla filmmaking refers to a form of independent filmmaking formed by low budgets, skeleton crews, and simple props using whatever is available and accessible. This does mean that 9 times out of 10 that scenes are shot quickly in real locations without any warning, and without having to obtain filming permits or licences to film in public. The cons to this does mean you can get told to leave if you are bringing attention to yourself with filming and have no license.