With filming due to commence in a few days on our current feature film project, A SHAMROCK AT MY SIDE, preparation work intensifies. Alongside minor script re-writes, we began work on storyboarding and writing up shot lists (a list describing camera angles and movement within a scene) for the planned scenes to be filmed.

With a good idea of how we want to shoot the scenes worked out on paper, we decided to visit the locations we’ll be filming in to try the camera angles out in real life and work out lighting set-ups. This way we could foresee any potential problems and have time to work out solutions.

First on our list was Ashdown Military Camp, which will be one of the major set pieces in the film as parts of it will double up as Hornchurch airbase.

Getting the angle. Director Dominic Higgins and producers Nigel Martin Davey and John Dawson on location at Hornchurch.
Setting up lights on location

One of the scenes we will be filming during this block will take place on a 1930’s bus – as we mentioned in our previous blog, many of our shoots will take place in very small spaces! So, it was great to get back down to the Transport Museum Wythall, who have generously allowed us to film on one of their buses, and test out camera angles and lighting set-ups.

Director Ian Higgins discusses lighting set ups on a 1930’s bus with producer Nigel Martin Davey.

As mentioned in a previous blog, many of the scenes will be shot on location at Avoncroft Museum, in authentic 1930’s and 1940’s houses, again very small places to film in, making it also crucial for us to get back down there to work out lighting and camera set-ups.

Director Dominic Higgins getting the angle at Avoncroft Museum

Huge thank you to Emma James of Ashdown Military Camp,  Denis Chick of Transport Museum Wythall and Abbey Butler and Zoe Willems of Avoncroft Museum!