locationscouting

6th Week of PrePro

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.

 1970's Hitachi Carriage. Photo credit Lucinda Bruce

1970's Hitachi Carriage. Photo credit Lucinda Bruce

 Recce at Medical Clinic . Photo credit Daniela Ercoli 

Recce at Medical Clinic . Photo credit Daniela Ercoli 

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.

 Flemington Letter Drop. Photo credit Daniela Ercoli

Flemington Letter Drop. Photo credit Daniela Ercoli

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!!

3rd week of PrePro

Week 3 With week 3 done and dusted, we got to see a few different faces of Melbourne yet again as we explored more locations for our film.

 Gatwick Hotel 

Gatwick Hotel 

The Gatwick Hotel is an iconic part of St Kilda and infamous for its run down, forgotten look and its seedy inhabitants, but getting to see the inside of those walls and the characters that are portrayed so negatively was an eye opening experience for not only myself but I think the whole team. We were introduced to a world that few get to see, by a women who has owned the place with her twin sister for longer than any of our crew have been alive. Her mother owned the hotel before that and her grandmother before that - the history of the Gatwick alone is an amazing story but unfortunately the negativity surrounding this location doesn’t really pay homage to what those sisters are trying to do for the weak, the weary, addicted and down trodden in this world. As the crew huddled in alarm at the behaviour of the inhabitants, the owner embraced it with care and acceptance and stern guidance. In the end, we realised the location would not be ideal for our purposes and gladly left that world behind exchanging one claustrophobic environment for another…

 Pentridge Prison 

Pentridge Prison 

...Pentridge Prison has been around since the 1800’s, another iconic and infamous spot in Melbourne’s history, what little remains of the prison, remains intact and unchanged from the days when prisoners walked down it’s long sections and huddled in its wet cells. This was the go to prison when it was operational, there was even a women’s and children’s division back in the day. Aside from some cute little feral kittens wandering about the premises, the place is a haunting reminder of an old system that took in everyone from petty thieves to the worst criminals Australia has ever seen, arguably the most infamous of which, Ned Kelly, still calls it home, albeit, six feet under. We tried a few cells on for size but the creepiness took over and we hightailed it out of there.

 Oslo Hotel   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

Oslo Hotel 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

Returning to more familiar territory, we found ourselves back in St Kilda and checking out two more locations, the Oslo Hotel and Day of the Dead bar. The Oslo was very popular back in the 90s but has since become a little worse for wear and now spends its days as a retreat for backpackers from all over the world. With its narrow corridors, wobbly stairs and a nice view of St Kilda, it certainly has a lot of character!

 Day Of The Dead   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

Day Of The Dead 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

The Day of the Dead Bar gives you a true Mexican vibe as you walk into it and we soon agreed that we wanted to use this location for one of our scenes, tempted to stay and order a few rounds of tequilas for the crew, we thought better of it and settled on staring out the massive front window that looks out onto Fitzroy Street and across to one of the two apartments we checked our for another scene in our film.

Just a few blocks away was our next location, STK Apartments - sitting high in the sky with an amazing view, our potential apartment location took our breath away and though it requires a lot of work by our Art Department, it was too good a location to pass up.

 STK Apartments - St Kilda  Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

STK Apartments - St Kilda

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield

One of our last scouts for the week was back at the Docklands Studios - Rosie and Rod made us feel very welcome and their support of Indie film is second to none. We are very fortunate to be able to call Docklands home for a month during our shoot and the various locations it provides will be a tremendous help in getting our film made. The Studios are beautiful, well equipped, spacious with offices, makeup rooms, green rooms and everything you could ever need on a film set, we're very excited to be filming there!

 Studio 4 - Docklands Studios   Photo Credit Mark Kenfield 

Studio 4 - Docklands Studios 

Photo Credit Mark Kenfield