Adrift has finally been finished and I’m happy to now be able to share it. I co-wrote the short with my friend Pete Naylor and we’ve both had a lot of fun bringing the idea to life. We really just wanted to play with a basic dream twist idea and Pete had always wanted to take an antique bed to the beach for some reason (strange lad) so we based the idea on that basic principle.
The whole thing was shot on my 5D and 7D using a combination of lenses including 24mm, 50mm and 70-200 2.8 L series lenses. We used a glidetrack shooter and glidetrack HD for the sliding shots along with my Steadicam Pilot for some of the dune shots and a hague boom. The boom proved to be a little tricky as the 5D wouldn’t quite fit on the carrier so we mounted the camera upside down and then rotated it in post.
I’d like to say a big thank you to Justin Smith, Ryan Sutton, Liam Hind & Jamie Crown who came along to help out on the shoot. I’d also like to thank our Actors, Sally Connelly and Mya Turner who were fantastic, my friend Tim from Coast to Country Beds for the cool bed and my girlfriend Sylvia for preparing a huge supply of food and drink for us all.
Last but by no means least I need to say a very big thanks you to Joe Yates who did a fantastic job with music and sound effects.
I’ve really enjoyed the last few years where I’ve been able to develop my skills shooting some of the more abstract videos that are posted on the blog. Filming kids, dogs, clothes pegs, cutlery, and even the odd bit of lego has given me an understanding of technique that I’m now able to put to use on projects like this. Now that I’ve broken into doing something with a bit more meaning I plan to do a lot more in the future.
Don’t let anyone put you down for shooting stuff that may seem meaningless though, it’s all about developing your passion and skill. Contrary to what some people will tell you, it’s not all about the story, but when you get to the point where you can use your skills to start playing with story ideas it’s a nice progression to make.
I’d love to hear you’re thoughts about Adrift so please feel free to leave comments.