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
taken from the finest drama schools in the land
Ever willing to help, Ally comes from Brighton and was a member of the rival "newbie" group
Hyperactive 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.
Two girls talking about boyfriends
Two guys talking about girlfriends
Girl call guy to dump him
Guy recieves call from girl
Girl sets off to meet boyfriend
Guy buys flowers for his girlfriend
Girl looks in shop window on the way
Guy walks on his way
Girl comes down the escalators
Guy walks up escalators
They pass each other
The 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!