• Create 50 - The Impact

    It was really difficult choosing a script from the finalists of the Create 50 – the Impact. After much deliberation I chose UP UP AND AWAY. These scripts are short, 2 to 3 pages, but just because they are short doesn’t mean they are easy to film. This one posed many technical challenges.

    We planned to have a technical rehearsal for Up Up and Away on Saturday 17th March with the actual shoot date on 18th - weather permitting. Well, weather did not permit. With snow expected and freezing temperatures we decided to postpone the shoot date until the following Sunday, 25th March but went ahead with the technical rehearsal on 17th.

    A number of challenges faced us, mainly involving the chair lifting into the air with actor (Brian O’Connell) on board. It was time for the game to commence in trial terms so we trooped out to inspect the pitch. The snow was falling fast and those words in the script came to mind:


    An azure sky filled with puffy clouds.

    Rita discusses the chair lift with Geoff Bentley, tree surgeon, who knows all about pulleys and knots.

    She also wanted to try out lifting the chair on poles.

    Sharing a giggle.

    It was at that point we decided to return the sheep to the field and for us to go indoors.

    We then had some fun trying out the green screen.

    And Brian practised falling from the chair.

    We did manage to film on Sunday 25th March despite a strong, and very cold, wind.

    More on that later.

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