Another Life

Over the last couple of months I’ve been working on Stephen Rainer’s short film Another Life as a Camera Operator and occasional Script Supervisor/Assistant. You can see his website here, although there’s not much information on the film there yet. We’ve shot in a few really nice locations – my favourite of which was the Great Yarmouth Pleasure Beach when it was closed to the public. We got a load of extras in and had fun on the Merry-go-Round and bumper cars, barely deterred by the gloomy weather.

The film has just wrapped and is now in post production, so it will be available online shortly. Here are a couple of photos from the shoot days and tests.

Flea Circus

On set in The Birdcage, Norwich

On set in The Birdcage, Norwich

 

Flea Circus is a web TV series which follows the story of Flea as she runs away from her mothers stifling ballet school and joins a flea ridden, rundown circus. We shot the pilot episode in the autumn of 2011 and we are currently in post production. I learned a great deal from writing and directing this project and loved every minute of it. The crew and cast were both fantastic and it was a really creative, community environment. I’m looking forward to working on more episodes soon.

 

The last shoot date

On set - Dragon Hall, Norwich

 

Damage – Kris Smith

I’m currently working as a Camera Operator on Kris Smith’s short film Damage. You can see the IMDB page here. The central character of the film, Caroline Murphy, is getting married and aspires to become a model… it focusses on the relationship between her and a photographer. The film is set in the 1960s, which has been great fun for costume, make-up and set design. On the weekend we shot the wedding scene and the wedding reception and last night we shot a scene at the Murphy’s family home. Here’s a little taster photo of the wedding reception so you can get an idea of what it will look like –  photo by Adam Heritage of HB Wedding Photography – all of my photos got lost in the SD card backup/swap sessions… Hopefully I can reclaim them at some point! The bride and groom are played by Marie Wilson and Kris Dillon.

I’ve found working on this project to be really good fun. It’s a big cast and a fairly big crew with ambitious set and costume requirements (which have been fulfilled really well). It was also my first wedding which was nice!

Here are a couple of photos from last nights shoot.

Automaton

Recently I co-created this short film called Automaton set in a dystopian world of rigid structure. Worker 503-d painfully transforms from man to machine when a minor incident breaks the norm. Currently in production.

Synopsis:

During the course of an average workday at Weber Inc. an employee, driven by the monotony of his autonomous existence, begins a slow and painful transformation becoming increasingly mechanical, struggling to deal with the shock and pain whilst desperately trying to stay on top of his workload.

Automaton was a group project for my uni course, so we worked on the production together. We took on pre production roles together, sharing the story creation/character development/planning and set design responsibilities, but came into more specific roles during production and post production. On set I was co-cinematographer with Ciaran, and in post production I was editor/colour corrector with Tom.

I tweeted here, and blogged here.

And you can see the film here: 🙂

Lens Whacking

Last week I did some experimenting with lens whacking. You can read a bit about the technique here, from James Miller and Philip Bloom, but essentially, lens whacking is filming with a DSLR using a manual lens which is de attached from the body. It creates a really interesting, dreamy look with light leaks created by the gap between the lens and the camera. I thought I’d give it a go around the house to get an idea of what it looks like and also kind of to get it out of my system… I think it’s important to only use effects where they are needed/appropriate. So here’s The Humble Abode of Ramm set to White Hart’s If you Come Around in the Mornin’.

This was shot on my Canon 60D using a manual Nikon 50mm f1.4. 🙂

The Humble Abode of Ramm: an Experiment in the Art of Lens Whacking/Bashing from Anna-Marie Ramm on Vimeo.