Mak­ing a cre­ative ‘ bub­ble’

EDP Norfolk - - County Life -

Walk around the at­mo­spheric hangars and onto the con­crete of what’s left of the old run­way at West Rayn­ham and it isn’t hard to see what cap­tured the imag­i­na­tion of the film mak­ers.

“One of the things Joanna (Hogg) likes is to cre­ate a bub­ble when she’s work­ing, so ev­ery­one is fo­cused and you get this to­geth­er­ness and cre­ativ­ity,” says the film’s pro­ducer Luke Schiller. “In Lon­don, ev­ery­one tends to go home at the end of the day and that cre­ative bub­ble dis­si­pates. It helps cre­ate ca­ma­raderie if you are in the coun­try­side. I had never even been to Nor­folk be­fore but it has been a very peace­ful and beau­ti­ful location with these great open skies.

“We hired some­one to scout lo­ca­tions and were look­ing for an aban­doned army sta­tion or air­field where we could base our­selves for the en­tire shoot. It was wet and damp and just a shell when we first saw it and a few peo­ple thought we were in­sane, but as soon we walked in we knew im­me­di­ately it would be great.

“The own­ers have been amaz­ing and let us knock ev­ery­thing into shape. I feel, I hope, we are breath­ing life back into these in­cred­i­ble old build­ings. We had power put in, the roof fixed and it re­ally is an in­cred­i­ble space and in my ex­pe­ri­ence there are very few of them avail­able in the UK.”

There was an eight week con­struc­tion pe­riod dur­ing which time the hangar was trans­formed into a hugely im­pres­sive set com­plete with hous­ing and a film school, which the movie cen­tres around.

The film wrapped at the end of Oc­to­ber af­ter 32 days shoot­ing – mostly at West Rayn­ham as well as a few scenes shot off site around the county.

“We have used as many lo­cal crew as pos­si­ble over the sum­mer. It is not only good to cre­ate lo­cal em­ploy­ment and sup­port some of these amaz­ing skilled peo­ple here, but also from a prac­ti­cal point of view, we don’t have to put peo­ple up in ho­tels and trans­port them all.”

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