HUMDRUM

Comparison

My First film to be shot was On The Door Step. In this film I felt like I was allowed as much creative input as I wanted. I was able to make a lot of the decisions, making most of the pre production more organised. I was calm throughout the whole process for this group and had so much fun taking part in it. I didn’t feel nervous, stressed or constricted because the Director trusted my work strongly. She let me have input in most things and even asked for my opinion on things that weren’t in my department. I didn’t have a section which I enjoyed the most because I enjoyed the whole journey of pre production and film day.

The pre production for me, was the hardest bit of the project for this group. This was because, the Director I was working with was very specific and precise about what it was she wanted. She was challenging to work for as she kept changing her mind continuously throughout and more towards the day of the shoot. She even made some last minute decisions on the day of the shoot. However, the shooting went by so smoothly as it was extremely organised and everyone was prepared for it. We managed to finish half an hour earlier than the actual wrap time.

The difference between the two was that one was that my first film was more laid back, prepared but less strict with specific rules whereas my second film was not. This made me feel very unprepared and startled as I was not used to the working level of my second film HUMDRUM. Everything was more strict and every decision had to be put by the Director first. My first film was ok with times and didn’t ask for us to come in until 9.30 whereas my second film I had to be there for 8am which was extremely early. I arrived 10 minutes late and I got into serious talks with the Director as I couldn’t get the make up all ready in time for the time she requested. This changed everything and I felt like I lost all opportunity of impressing my Director. If  I knew that all Directors worked differently and you need to be able to adapt to every type, I would have rushed when making my way in the morning.

If I had to choose one which I preferred, I would pick On The Door Step. I felt like it could be both professional as well as fun. It should always be about the experience and learning new things which you were enjoying. The first production On The Door Step gave me that opportunity. I was not afraid of asking questions and I was able to be as creative as I wanted to be. Although the other production was very organised, I felt like the Director was doing all the work and I was more of a runner. I didn’t get to experience my role as  much as I did on my other production.

If I could change one thing about these two, it would be the preparation of the both. I spent more time in meetings with HUMDRUM because there was a mix up in all the groups and I didn’t realise I was assigned to three groups. Also, I didn’t meet with the ‘On The Door Step’ group until the week of filming which meant I had to work very quick but I didn’t mind. I would have just wanted more meetings and prep with them as they seemed very active and fun to work around.

Overall, I really enjoyed both productions. I have learnt many different things from both of the productions and how different people work when organised and laid back. This has given me a different experience in group work too. Sometimes you will have to work with people you do not get on with but somehow it is ok. It all works out better because you want to prove your place on a production and show how good you can work and when you both are able to do this, it makes the team stronger and work well together. You are a good example to the rest of the team.

Research

Reanne and I (Costume Designer), spent various different days meeting up to go and visit charity shops and meeting up with friends or family to see if they were able to help with wardrobe and costume when going out to look for items. Our main priority was finding shoes for our Actor Lemon and a shirt which our Director specifically requested as a blouse/shirt/top with an African designed pattern or an African feel.

We started off in Clapham, where we visited various places including The British Heart Foundation, Traid and ACE. These were all charity shops with loads of options to choose from. The only problem is, that we still do not know what our actors look like or what sizes we are working with, making it completely impossible to purchase items, have a dress rehearsal and see how it fits well with the actor/ess. What we did instead, was take pictures of many different items and send them through our phones to both our Director and Producer to hear an opinion and our Producer was then able to tell us whether we could spend as much as we needed for our department.

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As we were shopping for this, we could not find anything like what was requested from our Director. I then had an idea of looking at the different materials they had on sale. I called the director and she was happy with my idea.. I just needed to know when we will be able to measure the actors and we were told by Directors the next day, but this was not the case and we had to wait an extra week before we could measure and meet our Actors. My idea was to buy African printed materials and use my skills as a clothes designer to make a blouse for the actress to wear. We found two favourites. One white (on the left) for £3 and one deep red and peach pattern (on the right) for £5. This would be perfect as I would be able to show my different skills and also, we would save a bundle of money. However, we were not allowed to purchase anything until we had measurements which didn’t take place until last minute.

 

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We later took a trip to Brixton, this time in an average store yet one where the prices were knocked down and everything in the shop cost £5. We came across two black options as the Director wanted black to be the dominant colour as our character works a lot with funerals. These were long sleeved and had beautiful detailed patterns down the v slit and the shoulders. We found two different styles but the same sort of theme. Our Director had told us the day before we visited, that she would have her phone on her to answer any messages or calls. When we sent her pictures of these to hear an opinion to see whether we could buy them or keep them in our Diary’s to buy when we have our actors measurements, there was no answer or reply for up to two hours. This was a shame as all Reanne and I wanted to do, was find a solution before we kept looking. When our director finally got back to us, she said she didn’t like the look at all and changed her mind once again about what she wanted. This time she asked for bright colours, A full blouse with floral prints. This was frustrating as we always provided what she asked for and once she saw it, she would change her mind meaning we had to go out and look for more.

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One last thing we came across were these beautiful shoes which were perfect for what we were asked to bring from the brief of our Director. They were going in one of the Charity shops we walked into, for £15. Our producer was very happy with them, along with our Director. Again the only problem we had, was not being able to buy them right away. These were a UK Size 9 MENS. Once we got to meet our actor, he told us he was a size 9. When my partner returned to buy them, we found out that the shop had closed down and the week we went to view them, everything was being sold for £2 including the shoes. This was unfortunate as this was our favourite find.

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Measurements

These were all my measurements for my Actors.

Measurements: (cm)                                                                                                                                                               Menzah (Lemon)   – 07710171816                                                                                                                                         Period: 1980s-1990s

Height 162                                                                                                                                                                               Shoe UK 9                                                                                                                                                                               Bust/Chest 49                                                                                                                                                                       Waist 99                                                                                                                                                                                   Hips 104                                                                                                                                                                                 Bottom 112                                                                                                                                                                               Head Circ 59                                                                                                                                                                             Neck 17                                                                                                                                                                                     Nape to Waist 42                                                                                                                                                                     Cross Back 42                                                                                                                                                                           Shoulder to Shoulder 50                                                                                                                                                         Across Chest 62                                                                                                                                                                     Arm Length Outside 66                                                                                                                                                           Arm Length Inside 56                                                                                                                                                           Wrist Circ 20                                                                                                                                                                           Inside Leg 72.5                                                                                                                                                                       Outside leg 110                                                                                                                                                                       Calf 37

Measurements: (cm)                                                                                                                                                               Wuese (Jynx)  – 07809667811                                                                                                                                               Period: 1980s-1990s

Height 165                                                                                                                                                                               Shoe UK 5                                                                                                                                                                                 Bust/Chest 86                                                                                                                                                                           Waist 75                                                                                                                                                                                   Hips 88                                                                                                                                                                                     Bottom 98                                                                                                                                                                               Nape to Waist 39                                                                                                                                                                   Cross Back 33                                                                                                                                                                           Shoulder to Shoulder 44                                                                                                                                                         Across Chest 37                                                                                                                                                                     Arm Length Outside 60                                                                                                                                                         Arm Length Inside 48                                                                                                                                                             Inside Leg 77                                                                                                                                                                         Outside leg 92

Final Script by Andrea Milla Perez

 

 

 

HUMDRUM

 

 

Written by

 

Andrea Milla Perez

 

 

 

PLEASE DELETE ALL PREVIOUS DRAFTS OF THIS SCREENPLAY

 

 

 

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BLACK SCREEN:

 

 

We listen to a young woman’s low toned voice.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)

 

My life was entirely for myself and I was free to do anything I wanted; yet I wasn’t able to feel anything at all.

 

 

FADE IN:

 

 

INT. KITCHEN – NIGHT

 

 

Jinx is a 31-year-old pretty woman with an exhausted look yet delicately made up and wearing very nice clothes. She is sitting in front of a table in a very light late 70’s style kitchen with 90’s elements, playing anxiously with a deteriorated female comb.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)

 

The first time I went for a run I was running away precisely from that feeling of emptiness. The wind penetrated each pore of my skin as I rushed through the trees in the slight morning sunlight. However, I felt numb against its coldness.

 

 

Lemon slices the onion; the movement simulating a heart beat.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)(CONT’D)

 

My heart was beating faster each step I took. However, I could not distinguish whether it was pumping thick blood or heavy air.

 

 

Lemon rinses the knife and the tap stays dripping.

 

 

 

JINX (V.O.)(CONT’D)

 

Tiny liquid drops slipped down my face. However, I could not tell whether they were actually sweat or salty water.

 

 

The water in the pot boils vigorously.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)(CONT’D)

 

Fatigued with reality, as I crossed the path of high grass I looked up and wondered whether it would be physically possible for human beings to explode. Whether they could explode just like the big bang did millions of years ago. Whether it was possible to create constellations out of pain.

 

 

Lemon pours the spices into the hob, finishing his delicately arranged Caribbean soup.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)(CONT’D)

 

There are things I no longer believe in. God is one of them; a pretty straightforward process of elimination clarified that issue after she died.

 

 

Lemon has a cigarette hanging from his mouth, dressed like an old fashioned gentleman with a handsome yet profoundly aged look.

 

 

JINX (V.O.)(CONT’D)

 

Nonetheless, right then, I suddenly discovered I was able to feel the pressure in my lungs, the pain in my legs, my skin perspiring, the pounding of my heart. I found myself feeling too much at once to be able to process any of it, and the only thing I could do was run, like an addiction or maybe a sort of medication.

 

 

Lemon puts the two bowls of soup on the table. Jinx looks at him, exiting her inner cathartic state as she puts the comb aside and tastes a spoonful.

LEMON

 

Is good?

 

JINX

 

(Nods)

 

Bloody good

 

 

LEMON

 

You look like you could do with little meat on them bones

 

 

JINX

 

Are you trying to fatten me up?

 

 

LEMON

 

I’m just saying you don’t need to be on no diet

 

 

JINX

 

I have to admit. This is delicious, Lemon

 

 

LEMON

 

You glad I’m back now, huh?

 

 

BEAT

 

 

LEMON

 

You look so much like her

 

 

JINX

 

Don’t spoil this for me

 

 

Silence. Jinx continues eating her soup looking straight at her bowl. Lemon observes her, standing up to clear the bowls. He plays a tape in the cassette as he hums the slow reggae song playing and begins to dance. Jinx observes him fascinated and smiles. He pulls her to stand up and they both start dancing closely, gently touching. For one moment, she looks happy.

 

 

They both sit down on the table and give each other a seductive look. Lemon glances at the comb on the table and Jinx notices it. He stands up for some olive oil.

 

 

LEMON

 

(Pointing to his legs)

 

Come here

 

 

Jinx sits down between his legs as he starts combing her. Lemon is in a state of trance, brushing each and every hair as if handling a treasure.

 

 

JINX

 

You did her hair as well, didn’t you?

 

 

He nods. There is silence.

 

 

LEMON

 

You see, most things, all they need is a little gentle handling

 

 

Lemon continuous the action comfortably whilst Jinx submits herself into the care, looking straight, hesitant.

 

 

FADE OUT.

 

 

THE END

Film Day – Evaluation

Today, our call time was at 8.00am. We met in the café for a brief meeting as to how the day was going to go through and a little inspirational words from our Producer Simone. An hour later, we made our way to the studio to set up and prepare for our filming. The actors were later brought into the room, fully dressed in their costumes and ready for hair and make up. Our Actress was very difficult to work with as she was not happy with her hair and wouldn’t let anybody touch it. Therefore meaning my partner Reanne, could not do her hair. In the industry, this would not happen. Hairstylists would kindly be asked to change the style if possible. Unless it was a very important reason, whatever the hairdresser delivers, the actor or actress must accept.

When she was done with her hair, I added dark make up under her eyes to make her look tired but added a bright orange colour to match her clothes and make it look like she has still tried to make an effort. As time was running out for Make Up, as I was doing my actress’ make up a BAF student took over and done Lemon’s make up for me. The extra help was exactly what I needed and we were thankfully able to be ready in time.

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We were finally sorted and Simone our producer was briefing them on what they will be doing throughout the day, going over any allergies to foods they may have. The rest of the BAF students were setting up the kitchen and asked us to wait in the gallery out of the way. When everything was ready and they were about to start shooting, Tuesdy (Props Master) and myself stood in with them to take a couple of pictures and just watch how they were working but as soon as we did, the floor manager told us to empty out the studio as they only wanted the people whom were doing something, inside. We waited in the gallery for them to get themselves together and and returned after an hour, However we received the same response until we had a talk with the BAF student’s c0urse leader.

When finally allowed on set, they were extremely quite and focused and I could completely understand why they did not want anyone on set. This film group paid a humongous attention to detail. There was a lot more action from this director but even more from our producer. When doing a take, they counted every second and were always on time and able to tell whether they were loosing time or had lots to work with. They gave enough time in the call sheet to add shots that needed re-doing. They worked very quickly when working on setting up the cameras again. When there was play back, there was atleast 7 different people making sure it looked good whereas in my other film, there was only one person sat behind the screen controlling the exposure etc. It was very interesting watching this group work completely the opposite to how my last group worked.

When we had wrapped, our producer made sure everyone was still there. We helped take out the set, remove the Vinyl off of the cupboards and changed over the floors. We carried out everything and liaised with the new art director to see how we could help. We helped the new group set up the whole kitchen. This was including props, dressing, decorating etc. We helped this group with everything the group before us didn’t help us with because we knew exactly how frustrating it could get when you didn’t get the help you need.

In terms of people and their roles, I think our director was incredibly precise with detail and knew exactly what she wanted from the very start. Unfortunately, this was only the aesthetic sides of things in the kitchen and cinematography. With Costume and Wardrobe I don’t feel like I was able to express myself creatively at all. She changed her mind at every moment about what she wanted and I could tell that the research she had done was quite poor as she thought African and Caribbean culture was the same. I did out speak my opinion on this but she disregarded this and continued to disuse any of my work or items I picked out for the cast to actually wear. I found out really difficult working with my director Andrea, however I have a great level of respect for her as she knows what she wants and will not let anyone else change her mind about what it is she wants.

Other people on set such as my producer Simone, was very friendly. She was easy to talk to and very understanding to many different situations. She kept us hard working, motivated and happy to be a part of the team. She was a very good team player and acted very professional. I really enjoyed her company on this film and creativity. As for everyone else, the film felt very much like a professional environment. Everyone was focused and worked extremely well with each other. I was happy to be a part of this.

Something I really enjoyed about today was the team work. For once, I actually felt like I was a part of a team. Everyone was comforting and worked really hard. There was nothing but firm clear instructions throughout, alerting us on time and when to be ready. The great attention to detail had me very impressed, making the film look very nice. One more thing I was extremely proud of was that we had finished half an hour earlier than our wrap time. Meaning, the more prepared and organised you are the more likely things are going to run smoothly and work out your way in the end.

Things that went wrong or I disliked about today was the very beginning when nobody could get ready on time and werent in the positions they were suppose to be even after yelling clear instructions. This got to a lot of people and I began to see the frustration between everyone. Another let down about today was that they had to keep doing takes as all the extra sound was being picked up. One last thing would have to be not being allowed onto the set to take pictures of everything or even watch the BAF students as they worked. But I completely understand as it was getting very tense in the studio.

I have learnt that you always need to keep your cool no matter what kind of stress you are under, especially on production. You are surrounded by a lot of people that are able to help you out whenever things go wrong. It is ok to make mistakes as long as it is a learning curve. I know it is important to make sure you stay in reach of every responsibility given to you. If you are directed to meet an instruction, you must accomplish this as best as you can. Not everyone will agree with your choices but sometimes you have to work to what a director wants and desires and you just have to respect that they know what they are doing. I have proved this as I trusted in my director and when we had finished, everything looked absolutely beautiful.

Log Sheet HUMDRUM

HUMDRUM.

Date:
Wednesday 19th February 2014

Time:
13.00

Roles:
Andrea – Director / Screen Writer
Simone – Creative Producer
Katie – Assistant Producer
Yasmin – Production Manager
Carla – Cinematographer
Norman – Focus Puller
Daniyel – Clapper Loader
Freddy – Key Grip
Florence – Electrician 1
Alex – Electrician 2
Beatrice – First Assistant Director
Julie – Editor
Thomas – Sound Recordist
Alex S – Composer/ Sound Designer
Zou Zou – Boom Operator
Ken – Set Builder
Meg – Set Dressing
Nicola – Set Dressing
Aleksandra – Set Decorator
Tuesdy – Props Master
Aida – Props Maker
Reanne – Costume Designer
Nada – Wardrobe Supervisor
Annette – Gaffer

Place of meeting:
Lower Cafè

Attendees:
Andrea, Nada, Nicola, Tuesdy, Reanne, Meg

Person(s) Missing:
Simone, Katie, Yasmin, Carla, Norman, Daniyel, Freddy, Annette,Florence, Beatrice, Nicole, Julie, Thomas, Zou Zou, Alex S, Tuesdy, Aleksandra and Ken.

Conclusion:                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   In today’s meeting, we discussed as a group what we could do about the small brown table ready for filming on Monday. We still had not found a solution for this. We also realized that we couldn’t use most of the props we wanted to use as they had some sort of dairy in them and one of our actors is allergic so they were not allowed to be near any.

Another thing we discussed was the Wardrobe. This got me extremely frustrated as the Director has changed her mind once again and this being a few days before shooting. She decided she no longer wanted the actress dressed in a top with African prints on it but in all black as the character initially works in undertaking. So she wants it to be an option that our Actress is dressed in all black. Another suggestion she made, was having her wear a floral dress instead and wearing pointy men’s shoes. I told her that I didn’t think it was a good idea at all as it wasn’t 80’s but she insisted this is what she wanted so I agreed to give her options along with my Costume designer Reanne.

We briefly went through everything and went through our check list of props and costume we were going to bring in, ready to shoot for Monday. Considering we didn’t have much option with budget as our Director had mentioned that we have no money for costume, I had explained we could not provide shoes unless it came from the Actress. I called up my actress and gave a description of the shoes we’d wanted. She didn’t have any of her own so I had to bring in my own shoes as we had no budget and no choices.

My Thoughts on today:                                                                                                                                                                                                                         All in all, I feel like my director knew exactly what she wanted everything to look like. However, her research was very poor. She was asking for particular items without any background knowledge as to where anything comes from. An example of this was at the beginning of this project when she asked for an African printed top that was all in silk material. The first thing that came to my mind was there was noway we would find silk for cheap, especially when we had no budget. The second thing was that Africans didn’t own silk factories. Silk was from India and Cotton came from Africa. So it was difficult for me to understand how this would be accomplished.

My Director is extemely picky with every detail and always asks for more than what we can provide especially with an extremely low budget. The fact that she changes her mind last minute at every meeting, actually makes me happy. Directors will always change things and there are loads of different kinds. Some will want it their way only and others leave it up to you to do your job. The reason the way she is makes me happy, is because I am able to challenge myself to work and provide in such short notice. It’s really good practice for the industry and I am now able to test my abilities to see how quick I can work.

This has been our last meeting until we actually start filming so we prepared, organised and now all know exactly what we should be doing and the times we are called in for. We are now all ready for shooting.