Creating an original idea and writing a feature-length script is a lengthy process. Owen has been working on She Moved Through The Fair’s concept for two years. An initial script draft was completed in the summer of 2011, and several test scenes shot, to assess the project. Much of the script has been rewritten since then. In addition, Gordon has joined the team as Creative Consultant. Not only is he knowledgeable about some of the film’s themes, but he is also a published author and novelist with a keen eye for creative detail.
She Moved Through The Fair is a logical extension of Owen’s creative writing, which he has been developing over recent years. His academic background has led towards an interest in writing and screenwriting; after obtaining 13 A*s at GCSE, 3 As at A-level and a Distinction in the English AEA, he read English Literature at Durham University, where he is currently completing his course and plans to progress to an MA.
The majority of the soundtrack for the film is being recorded in Clifton, Bristol, using several live rooms acoustically suited for the instruments. Some of the soundtrack will be created electronically using synthesisers and a combination of both Logic Pro and Pro Tools software. Once recording is complete, the audio files will be sent to Tom Williams, who will mix and master them from his own suite. The film’s main theme song is being mixed and mastered by Cherif Hashizume, courtesy of Café Music Studios in London.
We are fortunate to have both an experienced cameraman and editor in Jonny Clooney; you can see some of his work in the showreel above, including shots from the music videos that he has completed with Owen. Jonny is our expert on the technical side of the creative process.
She Moved Through The Fair was shot using multiple cameras; this meant that scenes can be recorded from various angles in a single take. For the vast majority of shooting, this set-up allowed us to operate with a versatile skeleton crew, which was particularly useful when shooting in locations with limited access. Every scene’s audio was recorded using an overhead boom mic, as well as with professional-quality mics attached to the cameras.
It should be noted that all of the crew and extras in the film worked voluntarily on the project for no money. Their collective support and hours of hard work have made this possible, and we extend our sincere gratitude to all involved.
Now that the film is in post-production, much of the work is taking place in Jonny’s editing suite, where he uses industry-standard editing software such as Premier to put the film together. The footage will also be sent for grading, to ensure that the colours are optimised and that the film is suitable for screening on television screens and other devices.
Behind the scenes, Gabrielle Wakefield and Angus Harrison were present for several days of filming in order to capture footage of the making of the film. Liam Keown joined them, taking photographs to complement their video (some of which you can view below). Gabrielle will be editing a behind-the-scenes documentary that will explain how this film was put together.
All photos courtesy of Liam Keown.