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The Making of I Confess

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I Confess is now live on our ELGATOFilmPro channel on YouTube ready for Halloween. Every year we try to create a sketch for Halloween, last year we created The Girl Who is Sitting Next To Me. This year we have been very busy with the production of our second short film Skeletons in The Closet, but we came up with a crazy idea while in post production to try to create a Halloween sketch. We knew we were limited for time but this is something that we really wanted to do and our passionate team were raring to go!

The adaptation for I Confess comes from a story written by our Director Alberth MG many years ago in London when he first came to the UK. He wrote the story in his native language of Spanish which was ‘Lo Confieso’ meaning I Confess. This is something that Alberth wrote in a toilet cubicle while working in London, this was his place to escape from reality and a place to gather his thoughts. This is where the idea for I Confess came from but we obviously adapted it to make it far worse than the original story and to add a twist to it.

We approached our Script Writer Nicola Smith and discussed with her the ideas for I Confess and we asked her to adapt the story with some more ideas that we had. I Confess the way you see it now on screen was born. When we received the script from Nicola we really liked it and we knew we could pull it off. The next step was to decide who we wanted to play in this. We knew that as we were limited to time, we could not hold auditions. But in all honesty we don’t tend to hold auditions for sketches we just go with who we think will fit the roles. As our actor Daniel MG had not appeared in anything since our last sketch A Christmas Wish we wanted him to be part of this. Daniel is a great young actor and was thrilled to be involved.

Our young actress Olivia Seaton-Hill from Skeletons in The Closet expressed an interest in I Confess and we really enjoyed working with her so we were excited to work with her once again! For the role of the main character we had to have someone who we felt could pull of the character and they had to be very feisty and a strong character. For this our Colourist Simon Lyell who is also a film maker had used his best friend Ian Kennedy for his own films. Ian is not a professional actor but he is very passionate and enthusiastic, we are always wanting to give people chances that they wouldn’t get elsewhere so we met Ian and realised that with the right direction he would fit the part well.

Next we set up rehearsals, mainly for Ian so that we could explain to him what we wanted from his character. Director Alberth MG showed him by improvising with him and explaining to him the intensity of the character.

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After one quick rehearsal two days later we were filming. We filmed the sketch in two locations over one day. This was a very long day but it all went very smoothly and everyone was in great spirits. We were very lucky on this project to have a sponsor for food for our cast and crew from Jasmine Chinese Takeaway. They went above and beyond the call of duty sending us a huge amount of lovely Chinese food! We always seem to fall lucky with our sponsors.

After filming we went straight into editing and cutting the film. Our music was royalty free and coincidentally the track that we chose was Confession, which we felt was fate as it fitted perfectly. Editing came with its issues but these things always happen and that is how we improve in the future. From I Confess we have learnt that more rehearsal time is very important to achieve the results that we want.

Once editing was complete, we sent the footage to our Sound Engineer Adam Robertson for him to work on the post audio. We received this a few days later and we were completely blown away by how good the audio sounded. This always happens as Adam is great at his job and he adds so many acute sounds but it makes our work look great!

Before we could upload the completed sketch to YouTube we needed our video thumbnail, banner and poster to be created. This is a long process that was completed by our Graphics Designer Angelica McHarrell. She works very hard on our graphics and the end result was fantastic! We released the sketch and poster on Friday 18th October 2013 in time for Halloween. We were incredibly lucky to receive such a positive response on our YouTube channel, Facebook and Twitter!

We hope that you enjoyed this year’s Halloween sketch and we look forward to creating many more sketches and short films in the future! Please feel free to share our sketch with your friends and family, we really appreciate the support!

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The Making of Skeletons in The Closet

For the past 18 months we have been working on our second short film Skeletons in The Closet. As it is a low budget project it took a long time for everything to come together including two rounds of auditions as we wanted to find the perfect actors/actresses for our project. We also wanted to involve the whole community so we took our time to find sponsors who could provide us with the necessities for our film. For this we were lucky to have sponsorship from some fantastic local companies. The Gaiety Theatre which is our local theatre provided us with a space for rehearsals and photo shoots. The Basement Coffee House provided us with food for our four days of filming for all our cast and crew. Minuteman Press produced our name badges, props and posters. Ayrshire Cancer Support which is a local charity shop provided us with an array of props for our film including clothing, crockery, photo frames and more. The Riverside Community Workshop provided us with a space to film our bedroom scenes including the use of an antique wardrobe that would be the main prop for our film. Popplewells is a fantastic fancy dress shop and they have been sponsoring us for the past 2 years, they provided us with make-up, clothes, wigs, glasses etc. Crumbs & Cocktails provided us with soft drinks for our four days of filming. Vennal Cameras is our newest sponsor and they provided us with photo printing and frames for our film. We cannot stress that without our sponsors the making of Skeletons in The Closet would not have been possible, we are very grateful for all our sponsors from the community for all the help they have given to us.

We filmed Skeletons in The Closet over four days from 16th – 19th September 2013. These were four long days filming every day from 10am – 7pm. On day one we were lucky enough to film in a beautiful house that a sponsor had given to us to use for the full day. We felt very blessed that someone had given us the whole run of their house for a full 9 hours, this just goes to show there are still some wonderful people in this world and it isn’t all about money! This was our busiest day as the majority of the scenes were filmed in this house, a full 13 scenes in fact! It was a long day but the atmosphere was great and that is down to the amazing team that we have working with us, our cast were also great. We got all of our scenes filmed and we finished late at around 7:30pm, we can only estimate how long it will take us as so many factors go into how long filming can take. Again we were lucky as even though we finished filming late the owners were very understanding.

On day two we filmed some more scenes in two different locations, the second location we filmed some of the intro scenes that you will see in the film when it is released. This day was a little more relaxed as we knew that we had less scenes to fit into our schedule so we could take the time to get them perfect. This day we were all wrapped up for around 4pm meaning we could all go home and refresh for another long day of filming for day three.

Day three arrived and we knew this would be a more intense day as once again we had a lot of scenes to film with different camera angles, as we only use one camera this proved to be difficult as it took us a long time to get the shots that we wanted and that we were happy with. This was an intense day as we were filming in a very small location but with a fairly large crew, but we managed it and we made it work for our purposes.

On the final day of filming we were all exhausted, but we could see the light at the end of the tunnel. Our fourth day we had the privilege of filming in The Riverside Community Workshop as they gave us a huge space to film our final scenes in. This day was tiring but everyone just kept each other going including our actresses teaching the cast and crew songs from Camp America which was great fun. When you work on a project like this it is important to feed off each other’s energy.

This was definitely our most successful project yet, it was a calm but intense four days and we filmed and got all the shots that we were looking for. Now we are in post-production and we are working really hard day after day in editing the film, currently we are working on the colour grading which for us is the hardest part to get the right colours for the film. But this is what it is all about!

Every project we learn something new. For this project we have learnt that continuity is extremely important and sometimes on set it is over looked as we are so busy with other tasks. As we are a basic crew we don’t have one person in particular to oversee the continuity of the film. Also on this project we have learnt how we can work with other new members of the crew and the skills that they can bring to us. For example, this project was the first time that we worked with Simon Lyell who is also a local Director and Film maker. Simon has a lot of knowledge when it comes to the technical side of filming. This was very beneficial to us as it was a second pair of eyes and a second opinion which is never a bad thing. We definitely learnt a lot from working with Simon.

We will update you once again very soon in the journey of post-production of Skeletons in The Closet, in the mean time here is our poster for the film we hope you like it!   

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