On the 6th and 7th August we held rehearsals for our new short film Skeletons in The Closet. The space was kindly provided to us by Ayr Gaiety who are one of our sponsors for this project.
On the first day, we were joined by two of our cast members, unfortunately one of our cast members was on holiday and wasn’t able to make it for the first day of rehearsals. We were also joined by members from our team including Simon Lyell, Jenna Laird, and Mandi Anderson.
Firstly, we had a table talk to introduce the cast and crew to each other. We also discussed two more rehearsal days before we begin to film in September. Afterwards, we did a first full read through of the script while telling the rest of our cast and crew scenes that we had deleted or changed. This has been a long process of myself and our Director Alberth MG constantly reading over the script and figuring out what we can and cannot film, due to our budget. One of the main points is that we wanted this script and film to look and feel natural and realistic. Therefore, anything in the script that was fake and unnatural was immediately taken out.Before rehearsals we had also sat down and gone through the list of shots for each scene so that we can compile the storyboard.
After a table reading, we also went through the script with the actors beginning to act out the parts , with Alberth explaining to them what he wanted to see. While all of this was going on we also played some settled violin music in the background this was to get the actors into character.
Today our new make up artist Mandi Anderson also trialled some make up on our younger actress for the dramatic scenes.
On day two of rehearsals, all our cast were present along with the majority of our crew apart from our sound engineer. Once again we had a table talk and updated everyone on the new changes, we also did a full read through of the script again. We also handed out the call sheets for day 1 of filming.
We also did some exercises similar to the work from Stanislavski. Alberth asked us all to lie on the floor and he put the violin music up to a high volume while he walked around us telling us to imagine a scenario that he was explaining to us. This was to help us to relax and to take our minds to another place to use our imagination in a different way.
Afterwards we did rehearsals with the cast of all the dialogue from the script so that we can see how it is going to look when we come to film in September. From here Alberth directed the actors to show them exactly what his vision was. The actors also brought some of their own ideas to the table which we fully support.
After two exhausting days of rehearsals, we were all exhausted but a lot more clear about the script and filming etc. We will be meeting again in a few weeks for some more rehearsals. We will be updating more about our journey of making our second short film in the very near future!
Written by M.K Law
Producer of ELGATO Film Productions