The shoot took place over one long day on 20th December. Our priority was filming five main characters, but there were probably about 40 people on set; the camera department was four people, and then you had hair, make-up, their assistants.
Since it was so close to Christmas, a lot of people were already on holiday, so no-one from the BBC was on set. This was probably the best-case scenario, as there needs to be a certain tone on set in order for there to be the best possible outcome. That means it’s best if the client isn’t present to avoid having any extra pressure.
The way I try to run a team on set is for everyone to be briefed about what we’re going to do beforehand; then when we get there, each person is responsible for their own part. In the build-up to a shoot I’ll be demonstrating what I want by using things like deodorant sticks! I’ll film stuff on my iPhone as a mockup, showing the movement of the camera, which I then send to the DP.
Everything was shot digitally and my producer shoots photos on 35mm, so there’s only film analogue pictures on set. I like as much as possible to be done in cameras. We had a lot of fun making it and I think the cast really enjoyed the day as well. Once the shoot was complete, the next stage was to send what we thought was as close to a finished draft of the video as possible.