October 2006. I signed on for a course in Video Production & film studies in Ealing and come 11th November was out with my team making our first film in the Victoria area of London.

We filmed in this pub, thanks to Andris who used to work there

The Actors...

taken from the finest drama schools in the land

ALLY

GRANT

MARINA

ELINA

Ever willing to help, Ally comes from Brighton and was a member of the rival "newbie" groupHyperactive Australian whizz kid poached from "newbie" Cute girl from Latvia, but acting skills were not up to scratch so I sacked her from the main part!Another Latvian girl, Marina's friend

If anyone had told me a year before I would be studying film at university I would have "laffed my ass off". But at the temple of learning that is TVU, student number: 20250380 signed on for a three year BA. It was naturally strange at first, not least because I was far and away the oldest there. Older than the lecturers in fact! The course has been fun though the first semester was a little slow from my perspective but the "Empty Bottle" team worked very well together.

THE STORYBOARD

Two girls talking about boyfriendsTwo guys talking about girlfriendsGirl call guy to dump himGuy recieves call from girl
Girl sets off to meet boyfriendGuy buys flowers for his girlfriendGirl looks in shop window on the wayGuy walks on his way
Girl comes down the escalatorsGuy walks up escalatorsThey pass each otherThe unhappy couple meet

The happy couple embrace

Do you get it??


THE EXCHANGE: AN EMPTY BOTTLE PRODUCTION

It was a tiring day. We started off taking ages over shots and doing them again and again to get them just right. As time started to creep on we had to quickly find locations and just shoot them in one take. The added hassle of security guards at Victoria station and shopping mall didn't help matters. For the final scene I had to physically restrain the security guard from walking into the scene. Luckily he was cool about it!

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