Blog the week: Filming Keirans Zombie FMP

Monday to Wednesday.

I’ve been purely working hard on completing the blog work and behind the scenes for my FMP. This has made me feel exhausted as it feels that I’m just drowning in work at the moment and all my filming is done. I feel like I need an incentive or something to look forward to. That isn’t writing.

Thursday

Over the past couple of months, Keiran (a boy on my course) has been planning a ‘zombie’ themed Final Major Project with about 50 people playing extras as zombies. When I heard that idea I instantly thought that he would change it when he realises that it’s extremely difficult to pull something like that off. However, he didn’t. He kept bothering me to lend him some of the gun props that I have so he could use them in his film. Being nice I agreed to let him use them (as I was acting in the film as well). Keiran then needed more guns which he didn’t have even right up to the actual filming day which was set to be Tuesday the 23rd of May.

He’d planned to film a music video about four survivors of the zombie apocalypse holding off the hordes in a bar. Each character’s outfit and personality were meant to be inspired by a character from another film. For example, my character was meant to have a typical work uniform (black shoes, black trousers, and a white shirt) like Shaun does from ‘Shawn of the Dead’. Now I didn’t think that was a bad idea and after hearing this I was quite excited. Especially after seeing Bridgette practice the blood and wound makeup on Keiran in class. It all looked like it had a lot of potential to turn out very impressive.

However one thing screwed up after another and eventually, the whole thing didn’t happen and was a waste of my time. I took time out of my FMP work to help Keiran prepare for his childish zombie film when I could have been improving mine. The whole plan (if there was one) started falling apart when we couldn’t film on the one filming day, Tuesday the 23rd of May. We couldn’t film on that day as we had to stay in the classroom as Ofsted were there. It was also the only day that was guaranteed by the bar in Torpoint that Keiran could film.

Luckily we all then helped him and arranged to film that Thursday (the 26th of May). We’d all had a tiring week of work and to be honest I wanted to lie in. Not to get up at 7 and carry everything down to college. But I didn’t let that bother me as I honestly didn’t know what to expect! We arranged to meet at 9 outside college. Keiran could then collect the equipment he’d booked out and then we could get the bus to Torpoint where we’d meet Corina and the other actors there. However when we all sprinted to get there on time. There was no sign of Keiran. The stress and frustration then mounted as we couldn’t get hold of him. He ended up being over an hour late when Harry M, Bridgett and Myself were all on time. It was a terrible start and it’s just bad that he’d be late like that when we work so hard to help him.

We then saw Freya try to book equipment out but she said the ERC is closed that day because of exams. At that point, we just sort of went screw it. What can we do now as we couldn’t even get the camera equipment and we were late anyway? This is around 11 o’clock now and but we didn’t get mad at him because I don’t want that to happen to me in the future and everyone give me loads of hate. He’s now rethought his idea and I hope it turns out alright for him.

In conclusion, this has made me feel both angry and upset for him as he obviously didn’t know anything about filming. Or filming with a group of people. The plan was so delicate anyway that one slip up can mean we don’t film. I’m just glad it hasn’t affected my FMP too much and I’ve learned not to work with him again.

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