Hi, Liz here with a blog on a shoot that we did on Tuesday here in Brighton where our office is. We shot in two churches - one traditional and one modern. We shot a congregation of extras - watching our filmed footage on a big screen. I have included stills images taken from the filmed footage that Tim our Editor has given me. The one on the left is our first church and is the traditional one.
For the shoot Deane our DTI guy came down from Abbingdon with his red camera and smoke machine (which he loves! - it softens the light in the churches) the lighting was provided by Tamplins Stage Lighting Design and Rental and the sound by Mick Greenwood - Freelance Sound Recording and Music Production. Then as per the rest of our filming David was directing the shoot and Hannah was producing it.
The shoot went really well and although we had to get to the first church at 8.30 am to set up, the actual shooting only took about 15/20 minutes and all went really smoothly. Father Gareth Jones was our Reverend in the first church and is the Assistant Curate at the Church (St Paul's in West Street, Brighton). Our extras arrived at 10am and we completed the bit of film we needed in what seemed like only a couple of takes, we set off to get coffee and pastries in the function room of church two and relaxed for a bit while shoot one was taken down and shoot two was set up. My son was an extra as was Charlie's son and his friend - so see if you can spot the back of my son's head he's 2 and a half - once we have put the filmed footage up on our website - we sat him on 3 cushions so you could see him over the back of the pew! We had a good hour break before shoot two happened at 12.00. The second shoot was in the modern church and took slightly longer than the first as we filmed Reverend Trevor Critchlow reading from one of the gospels we have filmed while the footage was playing behind him. We still only did a few takes, some with readings and some without before we all headed up to The Open House pub for a lovely lunch. We had some really tasty food - I personally had a fantastic halloumi and roasted vegtable salad and Alexander who sat with me and my son had a really good looking steak sandwhich!
Then the shoot day was over and after a quick pop past the office for our team (the extras were allowed off at this point!) the day was done.
The picture below is a screen shot of Rev Trevor Critchlow in the modern church:
The filmed footage is going to go up on website to show how the films we are making can be used in churches. We are doing a lot of work for the website at the moment and I will write about that another time!
Thanks for reading.