I owe my life to Joe, our DOP. He’s extremely skilled and a truly dedicated friend who’s been by my side since the beginning of my career. He’s worked tirelessly (usually for little or no money) on all sorts of really whacky projects of mine, and he really inspires me when we work together – I admire his passion, dedication and the way his craft remains at the centre of everything he does. Our assistant producer Ted Kayumba also spent an unhealthy amount of time building and working stuff out for the shoot, and our drone operator Ed Stone drove down from Somerset just to get these couple of shots.
As usual, one of the biggest challenges is making things work on the available budget, and everything that this entails: shooting in particular locations without permission (using drones, smoke grenades and blocking roads), shooting with natural light and the sun setting too fast. But I guess all these things are also what made this shoot so fun.
Aside from that, a really important tool for me on low-budget shoots is Facebook. I’ve cast so many people through putting the word out on there and found so many props, costumes, locations, crew members – you name it. The rooftop location in this video came about through Facebook posts and friends tagging their friends. So did Harriet, our longboarding queen. Then on more physical terms, it was essential to have the van to drive around in, and our good friends (the ever-amazing Deadbeat Films) lent us all their camera equipment for free.