This is technically the last week of our pre-production before moving into Docklands and it has been as crazy as ever! One of the major challenges that has come out of it is our set bulid, with just two weeks to go before our set needs to be complete and ready to shoot in, we have lost our set builder! This is something that inevitably happens in film from time to time, and there’s not much a production team can do about it except to find a replacement and fast - no weekend off for the Producers unfortunately as they’ll be working on that particular task!
While Melbourne revs up for the Formula 1 Grand Prix, we’re revving up for relocating into our new office space at Docklands and the final Location Recces (Tech Scouts). Our first pit stop this week was the 1st of seven rehearsal days! Our Director extremely happy with the result “the rehearsals went extremely well and it was great to have some of the actors together in the one space”. Tuesday provided some much needed office time before Wednesday saw some of our production team doing a final location scout out in Newport at the Australian Railway Museum and Historical Society which offered up some amazing vistas of old trains and massive locomotives but our main focus was a 1970’s Hitachi Carriage.
Thursday and Friday followed, naturally, and it was two full days with our key department heads exploring our various locations, both interior and exterior, figuring out where we would setup up MU, Wardrobe, Gear Drop, Holding etc.
So many things to think about when looking at a location and though not all of our locations are ideal for such things, we’re pretty confident we can make it work for us on the day.
Also taken care of on these location scouts is the much needed letter drop, as task take on by our Associate Producer, Daniela Ercoli, who made sure that no letterbox in the area remained untouched as she informed and enlightened those living around the area that we would be shooting a film there on certain dates. A seemingly small but vastly overlooked courtesy which can save time, money and interruptions on the day from the police and council. Some of these areas are not entirely safe so we made sure Daniela made it back to us in one piece before heading home for the weekend! We’re excited about shooting in a little over a week, and though we’re still scrambling to get props, imagery and other bits and pieces required for the film in place, we’re loving every minute of this challenging production!!