Today we filmed the basement scene which shows Megi, the girl, tortured and left in the basement before her abuser arrives to finish where he left off. Initially, we wanted to use the theatre but unfortunately there was an event being held in there so we had to use the drama room instead as we were pushed for time. Fortunately, this worked in our favour because we were able to use the props in the room and adjust them to create a basement like atmosphere. We took a wooden chair and some other props such as rope, a lamp, tools, and some sort of basin. We had to cover the windows with the curtains however because they were allowing too much sunlight in and we wanted to have complete darkness, with only the lamp shining of Megi's face, like a spotlight. Below are some pictures of us setting up:
Megi posing with the basin whilst Sarah covers the window.
Me moving the basin like prop to a better position whilst Sarah moves the black blocks behind me.
Megi sitting in the chair to see how it would look on camera and whether we would need to make any adjustments to the props and change their position etc.
Zarah filming the toilet scene showing Megi getting ready which will be one of the flashbacks in the opening sequence. Zarah flipped the camera head around so Megi could see herself getting ready, so the camera acted like a mirror showing a different perspective.
Putting the rope around Megi and making sure it was tight enough to make the scene look authentic showing how Megi has been tied to the chair by her abuser.
Megi smearing black chalk onto her arm to look like a bruise.
Zarah smearing some more chalk onto Megi's arm to look more like a bruise.
Sir helping us with the rope. The red lamp you can see in the shot will be what shines the spotlight onto Megi.
Megi almost ready. We got this red liquid from Art which looked like blood when we applied it onto Megi, showing how she has been assaulted and abused.
We then added gaffa tape to show how Megi has been kidnapped and left in a basement.
Although a bit blurry, you can see from the picture above that Sir taped the tripod onto a moving device which acted like a dolly allowing us to take a smooth pan of Megi in the basement, showing the environment she is surrounded by. You will see this come into effect in the actual sequence.
Megi finally ready to film.
Me and Sarah filming Megi as she awakens from her 'concussion' as a result of being hit in the head by her abuser.
Zarah taking a close-up of Megi's arm to show that she has been hurt.