Link to personal project, temporary sound design and music:
Shoot is finished. We had to put everything back the way it was before. Everything.
Living Room cottage before:
Living Room after:
Set in the film:
Throughout my research, I collected a great many reference pictures. Here is a selection of the ones I used most.
This job required a lot of handy work including woodwork, carpentry, stone constructions, fixing of old objects and engraving. Although I did bring some experience with me, a lot of things were done by quickly coming up with a way to make things work and then trying it with confidence. After a day of shooting, I would sit in the Estate Manager’s work shed and teach myself how to engrave steel or how to seal an old tin bath with silicone and tarpaulin.
One of the best experiences on this job was having the actors turn up on set in costume and see them blend into the world you created. Being able to tell the actors the history of each item and how they would use it makes them feel like a part of an authentic world.
On the first day of shooting, I gave Jamie, the lead actor, a WW1 British army clasp knife, an item he would have used every day in the trenches. I gave him a piece of string and told him how it would be tied around knife and belt and kept in the left pocket. During filming, he started using it for several purposes, not mentioned in the script.
In his toolbox, I hid the medals he would have won in war, Silver War Medal and the Victory Medal (“Mutt and Jeff”).
Shauna, the lead actress, asked questions about the many different kitchen devices I prepared. For example the spurtle, a stick to stir the porridge with, and the girdle, a device hanging from the fireplace to make scones with.
Or in this case more specifically: The Lochaber Rural Complex.
Before coming to the highlands, I talked to museums in and around Fort William on the phone, trying to get a collaboration started which would benefit film and museum. After trial and error, some museums showed interest but were too worried about lending us their collection. Finally, I got in contact with Isobel Camplell from the The Rural Educational System, a place were children are thought how people lived in the highlands in the beginning of the last century. After meeting her and explaining our project, she trusted me with her collection and was delighted to answer all the questions no one else could give me the answers to before.