Today I went to my first location, to get a feel for the environment and area. This would be for the first scene where Jasper wakes up and talks to Luc and Ethan, before having another dream. Where he also gets high with them reluctantly. I took lots of pictures I could compare and contrast when back at home. I took some pictures of different possible filming spots, and I am going to show you the best ones upon reflection.
The location is located in Tadworth, and is opposite the tadworth cricket ground.
The area is quite big so I have gathered quite a few different locations that we could use for the shoot. Depending on weather conditions and how busy the field actually is, because people do like to walk their dog there. And I don’t really want people getting in the way of the shot.
These are a few general shots of the actual field and area. I am hoping to film in more sunny conditions than this for when filming comes around.
Its mainly a massive open area with surrounding woodlands.
For the first part of the scene where Jasper is laying on the ground, I have chosen two locations. Each one for the different weather conditions. The first being the best in my opinion, and I would use this one if its going to be sunny whilst filming.
This is a small open area, in the woodland section where I could have Jasper laying down in the hot conditions. He would be laying next to the tall grass that has a yellow hint colour to it. Because I feel it would be quite cool to have that wavy feel in the background, as Jasper is laying down and then slowly sits up. I feel that this would be a good location as it lets in a lot of light for the shot I want and it also located close to the other locations. As well as having some long grass for that effect I had in my mind.
For the location of when it’s bad weather I feel that this would be a good location, as I could have him lay up against a tree. I could then also use the trees for cover so if it rains it won’t be on the shot or on Jasper. However this looks less appealing to the eye so I hope I won’t have to use this one.
For the location of Luc and Jasper hanging out, I chose this small section where its closed off by trees. As I wanted the two other guys to be sitting close/on some trees. And I feel that this would be a really good place. It is also really closed off from the wind. Which means that the sound recording for the dialogue won’t be effected. Being able to hear and listen to the voices of the actors perfectly. It also isn’t a massive woodland area and is still quite exposed which is what I wanted. Being close to the blank of the green grass field.
Another possible for the Luc and Jasper location of the first scene is this tree. It’s by itself and also quite exposed. Having the just one tree in a massive open filed is more inline with what I wanted. However I now feel in person its too open, with also the audio recording being really bad with the openness. Due to the wind blowing past at a fast rate. However I feel that its good to have comparisons for locations.
In conclusion I feel that this was a good location scout for the first scene of my short film. Having lots to compare and contrast. Giving me lots of options, I will still be thinking about which one to go for as start to go fourth into more pre-production.