Saturday 6th June 1998
by Henry Burrows
The Chase Is On
Location: Near Alton, Hampshire
Bodies present: Ian Lindsay,
Sue Element, David
Randell, Henry Burrows, Mark
Stalker, Mike Varty
For various technical and logistical reasons we were unable to proceed
with the battle scenes we had previously planned for today. Instead we
decided to make a start on the chase scenes, where Foil
Man pursues Laura and Jimmy
into the woods as they hunt for the only thing that can save them from
the alien threat... The weather forecast for today was not good, apparently
there would be thundery showers throughout the day, some of them heavy.
Would this cause problems, with us a good twenty minute walk from the cars?
We made the decision to go ahead anyway.
Foil Man runs through the woods
The first shots were of Jimmy and Laura running through the trees, heading
for Hangman's Ridge. An old plastic bag came in handy for the ground level
shots - with the camera inside and a hole in it for the lens to poke out
of, it's possible to get relatively smooth moving shots by just running
alongside the actors, carrying the bag. This same technique was used back
on Saturday Night Zombies. We got as many shots
as we could that featured just the two students, then Dave
got suited up for the shots that included Foil Man.
Foil Man in hot pursuit
The problem, as usual, with the Foil Man costume, was that Dave couldn't
see much once his glowing red eyes were activated. And the ground was covered
in dead branches and old tree stumps - a challenging obstacle course for
running normally, let alone with limited vision. The number of times Dave
collided with trees or tripped and fell meant that he was covered in bruises
by the end of the day, yet still somehow cheerful. We got a couple of his
falls on tape so one may end up in the final cut.
Foil Man charges at the unsuspecting Jimmy
Behind the scenes, Mark was on sound
duties and later in the day, when he turned up, Mike
was on clapperboard. When he wasn't needed for Foil Man, Dave was either
on clapperboard or running around like a madman, throwing dead branches
We had a good mixture of action and dialogue today, both of which have
their separate challenges. The action takes time to plan out and the dialogue
takes time to rehearse, so we didn't race through the scenes, but we made
decent progress and achieved more than we had set out to do. My favourite
shot was one of Jimmy smashing Foil Man over the head with a sturdy branch;
Ian timed it perfectly so it looked like
it genuinely was bouncing off the head, whereas in reality it was about
a foot behind. When we packed up and left at 6:30pm we had been out for
eight hours, with just a break for lunch. We were exhausted - but the chase
scenes were almost complete.
Jimmy once again finds himself captured
Oh, and the weather forecast was wrong. It didn't rain. We had sunshine!