On Thursday we popped into familiar old haunt, the Blue Elephant Theatre, to film a trailer for a theatre company with the delightful name of Tattooed Potato for their show, The Nightmare Dreamer, which is open now.
The company were very disciplined and everyone involved worked very hard for the four hours we were there to help us get all the footage we need to build our trailer for them.
It was very exciting to step into the strange and atmospheric world they have created which felt like half horror film and half art gallery in its dark but beautifully precise imagery.
I certainly can’t wait to get along and see this production properly but until then you at least have the trailer…
With my background in theatre, I am always interested in helping talented young companies so last Sunday I went along to Greenwich Theatre, which, shockingly, I had never been to before. It has a beautiful auditorium and seats enough people to feel like you are at a big event whilst still feeling intimate.
I was there for four hours to film not one but two trailers for two different shows, neither of which I had seen- and still haven’t, yet. The City and Iris and No Man’s Land are both devised and produced by Glass-Eye Theatre. In order to keep costs down we agreed with Cath, the Artistic Director, that she would produce a shot list and I would go in and film whatever they had prepared with only two hours filming time per show. We worked relentlessly for nearly five hours – we cheated and ran over a little. There was barely enough time to introduce me properly to both companies but everyone worked remarkably hard and gave me everything I needed, including plenty of patience and a cup tea after being caught in the rain.
Chris and I then spent two packed days editing together the footage from the feeling I got of the shows and also the narrative outline supplied to us by Cath. I think they have both come out beautifully which is a testament to planning, hard work and the talented young companies performing the shows.
The City and Iris:
No Man’s Land:
No Man’s Land is playing at the Blue Elephant Theatre at the end of March 2013. Go see it!