Finished Filming!!

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“Slate 95… and CUT!”

And that’s a wrap! A mixture of happiness and celebration as we’d come to the end of our 5 day shoot. I don’t think anyone could believe we had actually finished filming as we’d been on the go, solidly, for 5 days. One of the most rewarding things about film-making is the relationships you build with everyone – the whole crew had become a family of dedicated and committed team members, working with complete professionalism and harmony. I had my last radio conversation with Nick – something that was very emotional as we relied so much on the radios for the shoot!


Filming has ended, but in the grand scale of things, this is only the start…



The Bunker Scene

Final day of filming!!

Everyone was looking forward to the Bunker Scene because a) it was closer to base camp than the radar site so less distance to carry filming equipment! and b) smoke, darkness, fire and sparks are always fun!

The number of crew members allowed inside during filming was limited because the room itself was not that big and too many people would increase the risk of people tripping over wires – not to mention the heat! With the smoke machine running almost constantly, it got very warm.




The Night Shoot

Saturday was an ambitious day for filming as not only did we film a lot of scenes at the radar site, but we filmed the Night Scene which was wrapped at 12pm! Setting up lighting took a lot of time because it was pitch black so we were using exterior lights and also rigged interior lights inside the truck.


Nick setting up the framing of the shot:

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Late night, but still smiling!


TEASER photo! What’s upset Sarah? …


Filming – The Valley Scene

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Dressing the truck

As the army truck drove on site, a moment of silence happened as everyone was thinking the same thing “Wow.”


Once the initial awe had passed (although it never truly did!) it was time to start making it look like a home. The truck is Sarah, David and Ben’s only hope – without it means immobility; vulnerability. Having been on the run from the Ministry for a while, the truck needed to look battered and lived-in. So the crew got to work!

Tents were added to the roof and sandbags were ripped up and positioned on the front of the truck along with three large spot lights.



Poles were fixed to the side and held down with thick rope and then a combination of mud, water and sand helped to achieve a ‘worn’ look.



The Evening Shoot

As we were ahead of schedule and the truck was prepped, we decided to film the Valley Scene tonight as opposed to Saturday which meant…… the drone was making an appearance!!!


cool shot!!

I’ve looked at the play back footage of the drone shots and the high angle shots of the drone gliding above the truck are spectacular! We also got some other interesting angles, including filming from out the back of a truck.


And evening soon turned into night…


We eventually wrapped at 10pm with some very cool shots and a happy director!