My initial thoughts were to shoot some of the outdoor scenes around Chester, however with lockdown I would be unable to do this. The other issue is that the Studios at the University were also off limit to anyone who did not attend the University, rendering them useless. However at that time I was invited by Sarah Sadler to join her as a tenant at the studio she rents near Hatton Heath. As our styles do not conflict with each other and we have no competition for work I readily agreed.
This gave me a base to be able to shoot from. The studio is set within a farm complex as well as a caravan site, so has a host of great locations for shoots. I worked out that I could actually do most of the shoot within the grounds. The other shots I needed could be done in front of a green screen in the studio itself.
One of the issues was that of the acolytes of Chelsea. Because of the pandemic and social distancing, the people would need to be known to each other. I spoke to my son, who is 15 however he is 6 foot tall. His classmates are all the same size, they are classed as being in a bubble, so I asked him to have a chat with his mates to see if they fancied helping out. Although no timescale could be given due to the lockdown.
I had spoken to a makeup artist who was happy to help out. the main issue would of course be social distancing and when close contact services would be able to return. Whilst all parties were aware of the script, the biggest issue fell around the pandemic. As we moved towards christmas it became quite clear that it would be the new year before tthere was any chance of a shoot.
To be fair to the two main actresses they were both happy to wait until we could arrange a shoot.
The other issue was that of my lack of photoshop skills and the need to make heavy use of photoshop. I decided that I would contract that part of the production out to an expert. There is little point in me wasting hours on something when an expert could have the whole job done in the time it takes me to edit ten pictures. The main complaint I have of this university course is it lacks proper taught photoshop sessions. It is inconceivable that three years after enrolling I am no wiser with photoshop. Photoshop is a basic tool these days and it needs to be taught properly.
I spoke to a couple of photoshop experts and for what they were charging and my requirements, they were the better option.
The main issue was however lockdown. We went through Christmas and the lockdown kept being extended. I couldn't shoot, and to be honest nobody wanted to shoot either. It became increasingly difficult to do anything other than plan, but there is a limit. I had numerous coonversations with Lynne, howevr nothing could be moved forward as people didn't want to come out.