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PRODUCTION LOG

RESEARCH For my Final Major Project I would like to write a narrative piece of drama that is grounded in realism and the 'everyday'. For my previous end of year project I really enjoyed writing and directing 'A Walk in the Woods' which allowed me to direct my actors and create an engaging story. However, the sci fi element of the film is something that I would like to move away from in order to create a more nuanced and realistic film. I feel that a story based around the area that I live would be cinematically/visually interesting as I have seen many housing estates in my area of Kilburn being demolished. This is not only a visual inspiration as it marks the arguable 'gentrification' of the area with the tenants of the estates being moved out of the area in order to build new private flats that will attract a different kind of economic group to the area but adds a social issue to the narrative of my film. I would like to capture something either directly or indirectly related to this issue. REFERENCES/INSPIRATION I watched several films that have helped to inspire my narrative including Wasp and Fishtank written and directed by Andrea Arnold as well as Fast Girls directed by Regan Hall, written by Noel Clarke. All of the films explore the repercussions of living/having a low economic home/status specifically in estates. The films also include a female protagonist which is very important for me to include in my own film as I feel that I am passionate about women’s stories and representations in films therefore I would want to create/explore an engaging/strong female lead character.


NARRATIVE My short film is based around the meeting of two characters who live on the same estate but have never spoken to each other before. The protagonist Violet is a teenage school girl who feels out of place at school and on her estate. She is a bit of a loner and a dreamer. She gets locked out of her house one day after school and is forced to hang around the estate that she normally tries to spend as little time on as possible. Whilst waiting for her mum she meet Jake, who at first appearance may seem frightening or scary to her. It transpires that Jake has been trying to talk to Violet for a long time. He likes her, he sees something special in her. They strike up an unlikely chemistry and we see the beginning of a true friendship between them. Violet's mum returns to the estate and she leaves Jake to go home, however, they promise to see each other again.


CAST

Michael Ajih – 'Jake'

Beth Dennis - 'Violet'

LOCATION South Kilburn Housing Estate, NW6. Initial tech recce pictures with angles/lens considerations for storyboard:


AUDIO Recording the dialogue well between the two characters was extremely important as the estate that we were shooting on was quite near a busy road which was also on a bus route. As well as this, there was demolition work going on on the surrounding housing estates which proved problematic on some of the dialogue scenes. We recorded plenty of wild tracks to ensure that I could compensate for the noise if any of the dialogue wasn’t clean enough. I want to include the sound of the buildings being demolished throughout some scenes in the film to represent the breaking down of the estates themselves but also the breaking down of Violet's barriers and suspicions of Jake. I want to include music that compliments the film and the mood of the film but have not yet decided. Please see mood film for idea of type of soundtrack. https://vimeo.com/86942786


EVALUATION I really enjoyed writing and directing this script. I feel that this film making process has taught me so much, mainly from making mistakes. All areas of my film making skills have improved from writing to directing dialogue to my now improved knowledge of audio recording and the editing process. Having a professional crew on board to help create the film encouraged me to make something that was of a high, professional quality which has meant that any 'corners cut' attitude was not present. I tried to create a film that I would be proud to have on my showreel which meant that I had to be more of a perfectionist and pay more attention to the details of everything. Most notably, continuity. As we had to shoot some of the sequences out of order due to actor availability and weather, I had to pay close attention to wardrobe and make up in order to ensure that the film would work in the edit. Managing a crew was also a new experience for me which taught me new leadership skills and gave me a confidence in my own ability to direct. One of the most challenging things was producing the shoot and organising the crew, location and budget. The hardest thing about that process was gaining permission to film on the housing estate. I went through the film council in the borough of Brent and compiled residents letters that we stuck up on the estate, insurance details to cover the use of the equipment we borrowed and used, risk assessments and proof of student status. However painful that process was, I feel I have learnt about a Locations Managers job in a way I would not have if I hadn’t tackled the production myself. Another new area that I explored was casting. I contacted Tree Petts Casting in order to cast my two lead actors and through the casting agency I spoke to various actors agents, had access to spotlight and learnt about the casting process, which was something I new nothing about. I also learnt the benefits of being more organised with call sheet information etc as there was a crew and cast relying on me for information. My FCP skills have improved as I allowed myself more time to edit the film as opposed to previous years projects which were badly managed with time. Overall I am pleased with my film and the visuals/performances. If I were to re shoot I would give myself more time to work on the script with the actors. I would also give myself more time to refine my own script as there were subtleties about the language that I realised on set did not work. I would like to make those discoveries/changes before reaching set in the future. I am hoping to work on the film further by recutting it/adding new music and entering it into film festivals in the future.


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CASTING REFERENCES FOR 'VIOLET'


CASTING REFERENCES FOR 'JAKE'


VIOLET - A screenplay by Charlotte Rose Waters *EXTRACT OF SCRIPT* EXT. DAY. COUNCIL ESTATE LONDON A girl (Violet) is walking home - she is tired, dishevelled from her day at school. She is dreamy, she looks up at the sky and hums to herself. She appears content by herself. She walks slowly, avoiding the cracks in the pavement. The girl walks across her housing estate to get to her block of flats. CUT TO VIGNETTES OF THE ESTATE. WASHING LINES ON BALCONIES, LITTER ON CONCRETE, KIDS PLAYING FOOTBALL. There is a group of teenage kids hanging around in the communal courtyard. She stops when she sees them, almost snapping back to reality. The boys in the group are laughing and talking loudly, shoving each other and playing music from their phones. Violet hesitates and appears afraid of them, she makes an effort to walk quickly to avoid them noticing her. She gets to her block and swings her backpack off to reach her house keys. Searching through her bag, she realises that she has left them at home. Violet frantically empties the contents of her bag on the floor in the vain hope that the keys might be there. She then buzzes her flat but she already knows that her mum is at work. She stands there biting her nail and considering what to do. She has time to kill. Violet stands in the doorway and looks at the teens. An older male resident walks past the group with his head down, trying to remain unnoticed. One of the boys sees the man and begins to make fun of him. The group taunt and harass the man. He ignores them and continues walking past them. The group laugh and joke with each other. Violet is uncomfortable watching them and walks in the opposite direction to the group of teens. CUT TO CU MOMENTS OF THE GROUP OF BOYS LEANING ON THE WALL, LAUGHING WITH EACH OTHER, SMOKING. Violet heads to a playground area with grass. She takes off her school shoes and socks and lies down in the sun. CU OF THE GIRLS EYES SQUEEZED SHUT. SHE IS SQUINTING FROM THE SUN. The girl sits up and plays with a blade of grass. She puts the blade of grass in between her hands and blows on it to make a whistling sound.


CUT TO THE GIRL WALKING AROUND THE ESTATE. She is bored and sits on a concrete bench. She takes out a school book and begins to flick through it aimlessly. The teenage boys walk around the corner, talking and laughing loudly. They don't notice her at first, the girl looks up at them. One of the boys sees her. BOY 1: Oi bookworm! The boys laugh and call out to Violet BOY 2: What ya reading? The girl looks down at her book and tries to ignore them BOY 1: Let me come round yours and you can read me a bedtime story! BOY 2: Nah man.....she's a nut job! The boys laugh and shove each other, making rude gestures to the girl and humping motions. The teenage boys keep walking except for one of the boys, who stops and looks at the girl. She looks up and they make eye contact. Violet quickly shoves her book back in her bag and runs in the other direction. CUT TO VIOLET WALKING THROUGH ANOTHER PART OF THE ESTATE. She sits down on a wall and stares out at the estate in front of her. CUT TO MORE VIGNETTES OF ESTATE LIFE The boy from the group walks to the wall and sits down next to her. Violet stills and tenses. She deliberately doesn't look at him. The boy is quietly confident, he is relaxed next to her.


WEATHER:

Mild.

SUNRISE: SUNSET:

Min: 11 Max: 19

MAIN CREW CALL: 07:30 BREAKFAST FOR 08:00 START

COORDINATOR: CHARLOTTE (07500 043 461)

06:33 19:37

EST MAIN CREW WRAP: 18:45

VIOLET Thursday 3rd April 2014 CREW/CAST CALL SHEET DOP:

STUART GRAHAM

07976 286 920

DIRECTOR:

CHARLOTTE WATERS

07500 043 461

Actor “Violet” Actor “Jake”

Beth Dennis Michael Ajih

IMPORTANT CREW NOTES NB

PLEASE BRING WATERPROOFS/WARM CLOTHES AS THERE IS A SLIGHT CHANCE OF RAIN IN THE AFTERNOON.

UNIT BASE:

PARKING:

OUR HOUSE [0207 328 6433] 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA

We can provide parking permits for the day on our road. All those taking public transport please get the Bakerloo/London Overground line to Queens Park Station. We live approx 5 minutes walk from the station. Or if you wish to skip breakfast & meet at the location, Kilburn Park is closest.

LOCATION (MAIN):

PARKING:

“LOCATION” Gloucester House South Kilburn Corner of Carlton Vale and Cambridge Rd NW6

Plenty of Pay and Display parking bays on the location. The maximum stay is only 4 hours though.

Please treat the location with utmost care & respect at all times. The residents are very sensitive to 'outsiders' & groups of people.

THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT; PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE IT LYING AROUND!

PRODUCTION OFFICE 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA Tel: 0207 328 6433

PRODUCTION COMPANY 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA Tel: 0207 328 6433

POST PRODUCTION Brownian Motion, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, SL0 0NH

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AMBULANCE / FIRE/ POLICE: 999 HOSPITIAL: The Wellington Hospital, Wellington Pl, NW8 9LE POLICE: 325 Harrow Road, Kilburn, W9 3RD


ALL CREW MUST wear fully enclosed shoes when on set. Please do not move fire extinguishers Report any hazards to Production ASAP

OH & S NOTES:

WARDROBE:

Actors own

PRODUCTION NOTES:

Time Code is Time of Day. Shooting SYNC SOUND.

CALL TIMES – CREW & PRODUCTION: CREW MEMBER

NAME

CONTACT

LOCATION

CALL TIME

EST. WRAP

UNIT BASE

07:00 for 07:30 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:00 for 07:30 07:00 for 07:30

18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45 18:45

MAIN CREW: DOP FOCUS PULLER 2ND AC GRIP GAFFER SOUND RECORDIST MAKE UP PRODUCTION ASSISTANT

STUART GRAHAM ROS NAYLER BEATA STENCEL LOUISA COURT PAUL BURNS JOSH WARD SHIRLEY HO OLIVER WATERS

07976286920 07973600804 07879054307 07789993709 07710520205 07948408426 07590409996

UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE

PHIL WALKER KIRSTI ABERNETHY

07595263069 07798525878

UNIT BASE UNIT BASE

07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00

18:45

UNIT BASE UNIT BASE

07:00 07:00

18:45 18:45

18:45

SECOND DAY: SOUND RECORDIST FOCUS PULLER CAST VIOLET JAKE

BETH DENNIS MICHAEL AJIH

07531750462 0795832440

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LOCATION 1: “UNIT BASE” – Address 11 DONALDSON ROAD, LONDON, NW6 6NA

LOCATION 2: “HOUSING ESTATE” – Address SOUTH KILBURN HOUSING ESTATE, LONDON, NW6 (CORNER OF KILBURN PARK ROAD AND RUDOLPH ROAD)

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WEATHER:

Dry with sunny spells.

SUNRISE: SUNSET:

Min: 10 Max: 14

MAIN CREW CALL: 07:30 BREAKFAST FOR 08:00 START

COORDINATOR: CHARLOTTE (07500043461)

06:30 19:38

EST MAIN CREW WRAP: 18:00

VIOLET Friday 4th April 2014 CREW/CAST CALL SHEET DOP:

STUART GRAHAM

07976286920

DIRECTOR:

CHARLOTTE WATERS

07500043461

Actor “Violet” Actor “Jake”

Beth Dennis Michael Ajih

IMPORTANT CREW NOTES NB

POLLEN COUNT WILL BE HIGH SO ANYONE WITH HAYFEVER SHOULD BRING/TAKE MEDICATION.

UNIT BASE: OUR HOUSE [0207 328 6433] 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA

PARKING:

LOCATION (MAIN):

PARKING:

“LOCATION” Gloucester House South Kilburn Corner of Carlton Vale and Cambridge Rd NW6

Plenty of Pay and Display parking bays on the location.

We can provide parking permits for the day on our road. All those taking public transport please get the Bakerloo/London Overground line to Queens Park Station. We live approx 5 minutes walk from the station.

Please treat the location with utmost care & respect at all times.

THIS IS A CONFIDENTIAL DOCUMENT; PLEASE DO NOT LEAVE LYING AROUND!

PRODUCTION OFFICE 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA Tel: 0207 328 6433

PRODUCTION COMPANY 11 Donaldson Road, NW6 6NA Tel: 0207 328 6433

POST PRODUCTION Brownian Motion, Pinewood Studios, Pinewood Road, Iver Heath, SL0 0NH

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AMBULANCE / FIRE/ POLICE: 000 HOSPITIAL: The Wellington Hospital, Wellington Pl, NW8 9LE POLICE: 325 Harrow Road, Kilburn, W9 3RD


OH & S NOTES:

ALL CREW MUST wear fully enclosed shoes when on set. Please do not move fire extinguishers Report any hazards to Production ASAP

WARDROBE:

Actors own

PRODUCTION NOTES:

Time Code is Time of Day. Shooting SYNC SOUND.

CALL TIMES – CREW & PRODUCTION: CREW MEMBER

NAME

CONTACT

LOCATION

CALL TIME

UNIT BASE

07:00 for 07:30 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:30 for 08:00 07:00 for 07:30

MAIN CREW: DOP FOCUS PULLER 2ND AC GRIP SOUND RECORDIST MAKE UP

STUART GRAHAM KIRSTI ABERNATHY BEATA STENCEL LOUISA COURT PHIL WALKER SHIRLEY HO

07976286920 07798525878 07879054307 07789993709 07595263069

UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE UNIT BASE

CAST VIOLET

BETH DENNIS

UNIT BASE

JAKE

MICHAEL AJIH

UNIT BASE

VIOLET'S MUM

ZARA BANKS

LOC

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07:00 for 07:30 07:00 for 07:30 12:30

EST. WRAP


LOCATION 1: “UNIT BASE” – Address 11 DONALDSON ROAD, LONDON, NW6 6NA

LOCATION 2: “HOUSING ESTATE” – Address SOUTH KILBURN HOUSING ESTATE, LONDON, NW6 (CORNER OF KILBURN PARK ROAD AND RUDOLPH ROAD)

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F.A.O. RESIDENTS OF SOUTH KILBURN HOUSING ESTATE

1st April 2014

Dear Residents, Re: Filming at SOUTH KILBURN HOUSING ESTATE I am writing to inform you that we will be filming A SHORT FILM CALLED 'VIOLET' at GLOUCESTER HOUSE AND EXETER COURT on THURSDAY 3RD APRIL & FRIDAY 4TH APRIL from 9AM-6PM. We will have approx 10 CREW MEMBERS on site and will only be shooting in the exterior areas of the buildings. We appreciate we are guests to the area so will endeavour to keep any disruption to an absolute minimum. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call me CHARLOTTE on 07500043461. Alternatively, you can call Louise McKenna at Brent Council’s Events and Marketing Team on 020 8937 1076 or email filming@brent.gov.uk. I would like to take this opportunity to thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Yours faithfully, CHARLOTTE WATERS FILM MAKER UNIVERSITY OF EAST LONDON

Charlotte Waters FMP Production Log  
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