The first phase of the filming is now complete, and many key scenes from the first half of the script are now in the bag.
We still have a lot of work ahead of us, but it’s a good time to look back and see just how far we’ve come with this project.
It’s been two years of hard, hard slog- research, research and more research, endless script rewrites, an outpour of storyboards and production artwork, countless hours spent fund raising… Long days and sleepless nights, but we’ve been driven by a passion to make this happen.
Most of the filming is now taking place in a location in Birmingham. We were lucky to find a perfect location for our shoot. Everything we need is literally on one site, studio space for our greensceen set-up, catering facilities, a coffee and tea area for cast and crew to relax and even a hotel to put up the cast members who were sleeping over. And with the beautiful Lickey Hills on our doorstep, what more could we ask for?
For most of the cast this is their first real experience of working with greenscreen, which brings new challenges for them and an exciting vibe to the set.
Getting ready for a take
We’d like to give special thanks here to, Tomasina Scott, Kikuko Wall and Sheila and Bill Evans.
Sheila and Bill have been amazing to us during our shoot, when they haven’t been preparing wonderful food for the cast and crew, they’ve been coming to rescue in the props department!
On the last day of this part of the shoot, our cast and crew had the choice of enjoying authentic Japanese cuisine, courtesy of a local Japanese lady, Tomasina Scott. Interestingly we learnt that Tomasina grew up in Hiroshima and that her mother was there the day the first bomb was dropped. A big thank you to Tomasina for spending the day with us and for preparing all that delicious food!
Once again we have to thank, Kikuko, a very special lady, who came all the way from Telford to bring us a suitcase full of beautiful Kimono’s for us to use on set.
From left to right – Kikuko, Sheila, Yuna, Meg and Tomasina
The second phase of filming, which will concentrate mainly on scenes after the bombing, will take place in late October/early November.
In the meantime though, there’s plenty of work to do with the footage we’ve now got, as most of it has been shot in a greenscreen studio, meaning the sets and locations have to be added, and then there is the “grading” process – the part where we give the film its unique look. We’ve added a few stills of shots we’ve worked on below, to illustrate the work that goes into creating the final images you’ll see on screen.
Below are some stills from our first week’s shoot, enjoy! All behind the scenes photos by Phil Pugh.
Nicholas Lu-Fong plays Makoto Nagai
Nicholas gets into the part with a new haircut
Leo (Takashi), Nicholas (Makoto), and Yuna (Midori)
Actress Yuriri Naka undergoes a two hour make-up session to play an atom bomb scared victim
Actress Meg Kubota and lead actor Leo Ashizawa enjoy a coffee and a chat
Dinner, East meets West. A local Japanese lady brought a Japanese banquet to the set. Special thanks also to Sheila and Bill Evans for the splendid food they made for us on the day
Ian and Leo discuss Character
Nicholas is proving to be a natural in front and behind the camera
Dominic painting with Light
Directors Ian & Dominic show cast and crew some of the shots they’ve been working on
Two crew members stand in for our cast as we set up a shot
Cast and crew