This was my Final Major Project for University, back in 2013. You could see it as a cross between George Orwell’s ‘1984’ and the 2002 film Equilibrium, at least that’s the feedback I got which, to be fair, isn’t a bad combo.
I learned a lot writing and directing this; it was the biggest production I’d been been in charge of at the time in terms of personnel, cast & crew, so I was managing a lot more people than I was used to which was fun. It was also the longest production I’d led; pre-production started around December with principal photography happening around February/March and post-production wrapping up at the end of May.
We experienced a lot of fun times making this – mainly listening to our sound guy being creative with name-calling the producer – as well as harsh and less the ideal weather conditions…the weather in Sheffield will always confuse me. One day you find yourself filming in what can only be described as a snowstorm, on a rooftop in February, struggling to move your fingers because of the cold, but two days later when you need to shoot pick-ups for the scene the bloody Sun won’t stop shining so you have to re-shoot the whole thing and the previous scene anyway for continuity.