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A Christmas Wish

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A Short Sketch By Alberth MG

Synopsis: A Christmas Wish centers around a young boy called Daniel. He is Christmas shopping with his Mum when he sees a young child with a bandana who presumably has Cancer. He questions his Mum as to what Cancer is. While shopping he also see’s a fire truck that he has always wanted. He returns home and watches a TV advert for Children with Cancer. He decides to write his list to Santa to ask him for his fire truck and also to help the children with Cancer.

Directed by Alberth MG
Starring: Daniel MG, Claudette Baker-Park, Robert McGirr & Rebecca Jackson
Written By Robert Muir
Assistant Director Zoë Smart
Assistant Producer M.K Law
Storyboard By Gill Beech
Make Up By Holly Smith
Sound by Adam Robertson
Music By Mosno Al-Moseeki

Music Kindly Provided By Mosno Al-Moseeki: http://mosno.net/

Behind The Scenes By Alan Musynski
Translated By Pamela Vicencio
Graphics By Angelica McHarrell
Technical Engineering By Marshall Smart

In Support of Clic Sargent for Children With Cancer, please donate here: http://www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/donate

Thanks to our sponsors:
Ayr Converses http://www.ayrconverses.org.uk/
Graphomania, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Graphomania-creative-studio
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Making A Christmas Wish

Saturday the 1st December 2012 was a very special day for ELGATO Film Productions. For it was a full day filming shoot for our Christmas sketch A Christmas Wish. I spent all Friday night preparing for today’s shoot by organising the disclosures for the cast and crew to sign on the morning of the shoot, organising all the equipment such as our dolly track, tripod, reflector, props etc.

Saturday morning was a very early morning up at 6am which is a time that I have not seen for a long time. We met at 7am with the rest of the cast and crew. Firstly everyone except myself and our actress Claudette Baker-Park went to our first location the local toy shop ToyTown to set up all the filming equipment. I held back with Claudette while she prepared herself with her clothes and make up for filming in ToyTown.

We arrived at Toytown to find our young actress Rebecca Jackson outside at 7:50am with her Dad Gavin waiting to enter the store. The shop assistant who so kindly woke up early and opened up and let us have full rein of the shop was there to greet us.

We entered and the crew had set up the tripods and dolly track ready for filming. We only had one hour and thirty minutes maximum to film in ToyTown before it was open to the public, so we began filming almost immediately. Firstly, Claudette and actor Daniel MG went over their lines a couple of times while I made some space on one of the shelves for the amazing fire truck that would be the toy of Daniel’s dreams for this photo shoot. I made some space high up on the shelf so that Daniel could point at the toy.

We began filming 10 minutes later, our first shot was a tracking shot which was filmed on our dolly track, this is a piece of filming equipment which is designed to create smooth camera movements. The camera and tripod are mounted on the dolly which is then on a moving track which can create smooth tracking movements. Our dolly track is a D-I-Y one that was built by our technical engineer Marshall Smart in Aberdeenshire.

After filming the fire truck high on the shelf, we moved onto the next shot which was a point of view shot looking at the girl with a bandana. After we had finished filming the different shots in the toy store, we left promptly at 9:15am ready for them to open the shop to the public. This was also the time for the cast and crew to grab some food and to have a break until 1pm. We returned to our studio location and went over lines and we also watched The Polar Express which was Daniel’s choice for everyone to get into the Christmas spirit. Shortly into the film, our actor Robert McGirr who was playing Santa arrived. At 11:30, I went over to our sponsors The Basement Coffee House to collect our lunch. They had very kindly provided us with a great selection of sandwiches for our cast and crew. I returned with the sandwiches and they were thoroughly enjoyed by everyone.

We left at 12:30pm to film some panning shots for the intro. We first started filming at a shopping centre. These shots were of Daniel and his Mum shopping and Daniel looking very fed up as his Mum dragged him around the shops. While Alberth MG the Director was filming these, Alan Muszynski also filmed some of the behind the scenes. For all the panning shots, we didn’t require any sound location so this was a time that Adam Robertson our sound engineer could just enjoy watching us film.

Next we moved to outside one of our sponsors ToyTown which is where we filmed earlier in the day. Here we filmed Daniel and his Mum entering the toy store. Filming the street shots for the intro didn’t take very long and as it was December it was freezing cold so we couldn’t wait to return into the warmth.

We returned back to the studio location at 1:30pm, had some nice hot drinks and more of the sandwiches. It then dawned on us that although Daniel at the end of the sketch is given the gift of the fire truck by Santa, we didn’t actually have the toy it was still in ToyTown. Therefore, two members of our crew went to ToyTown who agreed very kindly to loan us the use of the fire truck for filming.

At 3:30pm we started to pack Claudette’s car up with all our equipment and some of our crew. I went on the first run to our house location as Claudette is based in Glasgow she doesn’t know Ayr very well so I went along to direct her to the house and also back to the studio location. We were quite impressed all we needed were two car trips in which we carried all 11 crew members and equipment including dolly track and piping, tripods, camera equipment, lights etc. Luckily the house location was only a 5 minute drive away. We only had 3 hours and 15 minutes to film at this location and we had quite a lot to fit into that time frame.

When we first arrived we set up the lounge for the tree and the dining table and the things we would need.

Next Claudette and Daniel started to rehearse and have a run through of their lines for the hallway scene. This is the scene where they come in from shopping and take off their shoes. Filming began but it took a few takes due to some direction and also due to the fact that there was a glass door and Zoë Smart realised that everyone’s Reflections could be seen in the door frame! Claudette and Daniel were very focused and the scene was perfected in only a few takes.

The next scene to be filmed was of Daniel and his Mum putting the decorations on the Christmas tree. We decided to be different and add a unique touch to our film so we decided to use a huge white beautiful tree that was in the stunning location that we chose. Here we also used a 1950’s style TV rather than a flat screen to add a touch of nostalgia to our sketch. While setting the lighting for the Christmas tree scene, I filled the TV screen with some green screen material. The idea for this was to use it in the editing programme to project an advertisement for children with Cancer. While the tree scene was being filmed outside the room Holly Smith our make-up artist was touching up the make-up for Robert McGirr who was playing Santa.

After this scene, Claudette packed up ready for the long drive back home to Glasgow as we had finished filming all her scenes. But just before she went we arranged a small surprise she had bought a small Dr Who gift for Daniel who is Dr Who’s number 1 fan. He was so happy and grateful to Claudette for his present and it was a lovely gesture. While I observed from a distance I realised that this was part of our dream but here in reality, a great cast and crew who really enjoyed the experience of working together.

After Claudette left, Robert got into his Santa suit and added the finishing touches. Once that the tree scene was complete Alberth went into the hallway to see how Santa was getting on, he could not believe the transformation that Holly had created. We were all over the moon, he looked fantastic!

Firstly we filmed in the hallway the scene of Daniel creeping down the stairs and around the corner into the living room to see someone very special sitting there! Our next scene according to our storyboard was the Santa scene. We were looking forward to this scene for two different reasons, first because it was the climax of our sketch and secondly because it was the last scene and the end of a very long shoot!

The scene between Santa and Daniel took the longest for many different reasons including Daniel sneezing hysterically and Robert having issues with the beard and moustache he was wearing as Santa! In this scene we also had a technical issue that Adam our sound engineer could hear something cracking when he was recording the sound but we could not figure out where the noise was coming from. But as we were filming in a very old house we soon realised it was one of the crew moving and the floor boards creaking.

Once the Santa and Daniel scene was filmed, all that was left was the voice over that Adam needed to record from Daniel. He had rehearsed the script so well that we were very impressed that he never needed his script to read the voice over which was the letter to Santa. He said it perfect first time, the only thing we made him repeat was the ending. Daniel had done exceptionally well and he said that this was his favourite sketch ever, he has been doing sketches since he was 2 years old!

Finally that was a wrap! It had been a very long day and it was time to clear up the mess in the house location and return it to the same state that we found it three hours earlier. This didn’t take long as everyone was organised and helped each other. But this was not the end, we all returned to the studio to transfer all the footage from all the cameras and also the sound recording equipment. This took a further hour for all the transfers to be complete before everyone returned home.

Sunday was the start of a new day. Myself and Alberth had agreed to start editing on Monday. But as we were so excited with all this fantastic footage, we couldn’t wait to start editing. Sunday we spent all day editing the sketch and we made a lot of progress on the first day. We started with going through the script and storyboard and editing from the intro, through to the ToyTown scenes and this was enough for day one of editing. This is a long process but editing is very relaxing and we love to see our projects finally coming together and learning new skills with our editing software. Sometimes we know what we want to achieve but we don’t know how to achieve the effect. When this happens we simply use our friend Google and YouTube and watch tutorials. We don’t claim to know everything about Adobe Premiere Pro but what we don’t know we educate ourselves on.

Monday is the start of a new week, for us this means a full week of editing A Christmas Wish. We edited some more of the sketch today and finally exported our 1st cut. We then watch this back to see what we want to change and we discuss what can be improved on. We uploaded the 1st cut to Facebook for our private group for our cast and crew to watch as a sneak preview! This was very well received by everyone!

As we want to release this sketch on 17th December we are under pressure to finish editing so we can send it to Adam for him to edit the post audio. By the end of Monday we had our 2nd cut of the sketch. We were now in a position that we could send it to Adam. We would work on the colour grading and final effects such as motion etc on Tuesday. For the rest of the evening we edited some photos from behind the scenes that we could upload to our Facebook page for our viewers to have a taste of what would be coming on the 17th December.

After 4 more days of editing the short sketch and also the behind the scenes video which we uploaded on Thursday, editing for us is finally complete. We have now sent A Christmas Wish to sound engineer Adam Robertson for him to perfect the post audio.

We will be sharing A Christmas Wish with the rest of the world on December 17th 2012 on our website: www.elgatofilmproductions.com

For now please check out our behind the scenes of A Christmas Wish!

Written By M.K Law

Producer of ELGATO Film Productions

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A Christmas Wish Event


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facebook-eventOur Christmas sketch A Christmas Wish will be live on our website – www.elgatofilmproductions.com on Wednesday 17th December 2012 at 6pm! We hope you are looking forward to it, we can’t wait to share it with the world!

A Christmas Wish centers around a young boy called Daniel. He is Christmas shopping with his Mum when he see’s a young child with a bandana who presumably has Cancer. He questions his Mum as to what Cancer is. While shopping he also see’s a fire truck that he has always wanted. He r

eturns home and watches a TV advert for Clic Sargent for Children with Cancer. He decides to write his list to Santa to ask him for his fire truck and also to help the children with Cancer.

Directed by Alberth MG
Starring: Daniel MG, Claudette Baker-Park, Robert McGirr & Rebecca Jackson
Written By Robert Muir
Assistant Director Zoë Smart
Assistant Producer M.K Law
Storyboard By Gill Beech
Make Up By Holly Smith
Sound by Adam Robertson
Music By Mosno Al-Moseeki

Music Kindly Provided By Mosno Al-Moseeki: mosno.net

Behind The Scenes By Alan Musynski
Translated By Pamela Vicencio
Graphics By Angelica McHarrell
Technical Engineering By Marshall Smart

In Support of Clic Sargent for Children With Cancer, please donate here: www.clicsargent.org.uk/content/donate

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