Over the last weekend, from the 3rd to 7th of April, the production crew gathered from Gloucestershire, London and Edinburgh and headed up to the north of Scotland to shoot SICK TO MY BONES! With three days to shoot the short 10-minute film, we experienced long shooting days under extreme pressure and weather! Battling, wind, rain, mist, cold temperatures and injuries, we overcame these forces and shot some of the most beautiful scenes we've ever seen!
DAY 1 saw the 13 of us hike up a mountain for hours with heavy equipment and tools to capture the characters among rocky landscapes, drifting mist and overlooking miles of valleys and mountains. Despite being in the perfect landscape, our co-director suffered a horrible twisted foot and had to leave the shoot three quarters in, hiking slowly back down the mountain as the rest of the team carried on without him. This was going to be the most difficult day for us all. But our spirits were high. We knew we were capturing something amazing.
DAY 2 and our co-director was pretty much healed and ready to go. However our other co-director woke up with the chills. But he was set straight with a quick shot of whiskey! All was right. We went to our second location, up in another mountain range shooting the opening scene of the film. The weather seemed to be on our side until the afternoon approached with powerful winds, mist and rain. Yet we still managed to capture most of what we needed. An essential shot had to be dropped and a new plan formulated.
DAY 3 was going to be a full day of running from location to location to location. We started off heading back to our location from DAY 2 to capture the essential scene and then rush off to our two other locations. The weather seemed to be on our side. It wasn't until after lunch did we see that our last location for our last scene seemed to be unusable. The winds and rain were far too strong for the 9ft tall puppet to operate in as well as working the camera. We decided to hit up two back-up locations where the weather wouldn't be as bad. But after viewing them we thought best to go back to the hotel, rest, and come up with a better plan.
Checking the weather forecast, we saw the rain would cease at 4pm and thought we should go back to our original location for the last scene and see if the winds had died down too. They had, but just by a tiny bit. Yet it was doable. With the shooting time basically cut in half we had to work fast on our feet with the strong winds hitting us from the sea. Egging each other on, pushing ourselves to the limit, we managed to capture some absolutely amazing, beautiful shots. Our actress suffered some extreme conditions and she pulled through it for the sake of this piece of art. Our puppeteers and our production crew as well braved through what could've been a horrible experience but was ultimately one of the most enjoyable and gratifying experiences we ever had. Everyone was awesome at what they did and we still enjoyed our evenings together in our hotel, under the perfect hospitality of Kev - one of the kindest men we know. Thank you, Kev.
It was a successful shoot which can only happen if you've got great people to work with and believe in the vision. For this week we were: Kristina, Symon, Kim, Matthew, Guy, Stil, Matt, James, Gary, Elliot, Brooke, Eddie, Phil and Kev. Now we're about to embark our way into post-production! We're still raising money so if you believe in this project like we do, please go to our DONATIONS PAGE and make a contribution to what will be such a beautiful film. Thank you!
Matthew Leonhart - co-writer/director