30 November, 2007

Fags and Flames

This week were were mostly throwing cigarettes past the camera and blowing up retired company directors; in this case Niel Simpson (friend of our film partner and financier, Ken Fraser). Normally chavvy scum like us rarely get to meet anyone wealthy or interesting, but making movies changes things, and sometimes we meet the most fascinating of people.

Most people wouldn't allow you to set off explosions in their back yard, but Neil actually lent me a car battery to set the charges off. Also very willing to spray petrol about for flame shots. Great chap.

A series of pick ups shots and 2 explosions took 2 weekends to film, due to bad weather and availability of light. Trying to film fire in a gale ain't easy, neither is flicking cigarette butts to a specific location. But we eventually got the shots and hopefully they all turned out ok.

Highlight for us (me) was setting 2 small charges off (anti terrorism act means I can't say how or what was involved - but I may mention balloons). These were done at the location and hopefully saved us doing too much post production and fakery with the shot. Here are some shots, taken by the invaluable Mark Wyness, of explodey things and us freezing our arses off. Which explains our outfits.

Mark Stirton (director and smoker) looks on with disgust at Clarkie, preparing stunt cigarettes for filming. (rubbish herbal things)

Neil, acting in crucial scene while nutter with flaming tray provides effect.

Clarkie, in foreground, sets off a small but loud charge.

Movie moguls - this is what Speilberg does between takes. Honest.

13 comments:

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Now that's what I call a fart !!! Looks like you had fun, just don't tell your mums you've been messing about !!

Michael G Clark said...

It was loads of fun but bloody cold, also went through about 40 fags and I don't even smoke.

mark stirton said...

But the footage is fab. You'll really believe a fag can roll!

allen said...

Those are great. Looks like a fun time. I noticed everyone still has their hair about them. Good job.

allen said...

You need bigger fire. Keep warm. Make big fire.

Andrew Glazebrook said...

Those guys are always arson around ! :)

Michael G Clark said...

Some of us have a few people's worth of hair, but Graham wasn't with us that day.

Story Quine said...

Lovely! Suits all us pyromaniacs out here. Canna wait for the film! So herbal fags really do exist? I thought that was an urban legend.

Michael G Clark said...

The cigarettes are for people that don't want nicotine and are made from herbs like Marshmallow, Red Clover, Rose and old tyres (tastes like the last one anyway).

Handy link - http://www.everyonedoesit.co.uk/online_headshop/Herbal_Cigarettes__Honeyrose_Special.cfm?iProductID=3794

Lauren Reeser said...

Wow, awesome photos! Aw...I want to go to Scotland and blow stuff up! :-(. Hey, thanks for checking out the ole' website...glad you like the shop sections. It's just an experiment right now, but hopefully it'll turn out lucrative. We'll see :-)

Michael G Clark said...

Hi Lauren, it was fun blowing stuff up, you're always welcome to visit Stirton towers for our "towering inferno" day. I think I get to play Fred Astaire!

I'm sure your shop will be a big success as it's got great stuff in it:)

Lauren Reeser said...

Hey! If you have any questions about simpleviewer, feel free to ask...it took me a good long while to figure out how to imbed it in an existing HTML page. The "FAQ" section of the simpleviewer website is extremely helpful, but can be a mystery if you don't do coding.

Michael G Clark said...

Thanks, I think I've got it figured now. The coding on the header was the bit I kept missing out.

You're right about the help section though, no where does it say "for tech heads only."