We Start Shooting The Messenger

David Blair talks to camera team

Today, Monday 21 July 2014, we started shooting our latest feature film, The Messenger.  In some ways our first day was an easy one in other ways it was more difficult.

The unit call - the time we ask our cast and crew to be on set available to work was midday - so that meant a lie in for everyone, or so you might be excused for thinking.  Unfortunately, it doesn't work that way and the production team were up and about by 8 am to make sure everything was ready.  Director, David Blair, left for an early reconnaissance trip to a location we'll be shooting at later in the schedule.  With him went key members of the shooting crew led by location manager, Nardia Hall.  After that it was on to the location we were to shoot on later that day.

A late start usually means one thing for the production crew - a late finish. And that duly materialised as anticipated.  We start the shoot later so that we can shoot some elements of the story when the sun goes down.  Also, it gives us the opportunity, if desired, to film something in the thirty or so minutes of the 'magic hour' (shouldn't that be 'magic half hour?) The magic hour (sometimes called the 'golden hour') is a period shortly after sunrise or before sunset during which daylight is redder and softer compared to when the sun is higher in the sky.

The day finished on schedule and we achieved what we had hoped for in terms of scenes captured.  We are happy that the first day is complete!