Issues we’ve encountered:

Unfortunately it came to our attention that there is already a film called Edge shot at Beachy Head. After we put up posters around the university asking for volunteers to help be runners for our project we received the following email:

Hi Tarryne Rolle,
I’m a lecturer in the school of media, film and music. I was interested to see your notice in the ladies’ loo in Silverstone about your graduate film project The Edge. You may already know (and, if you don’t, you probably ought to know) that there’s already a film called Edge (2010), written and directed by UK filmmaker Carol Morley, which treats the theme of suicide and is set in Beachy Head: http://www.bfi.org.uk/films-tv-people/4ce2b8e02e99c . We have DVD copies of that film in MFM’s Media Resource Centre (I’m teaching a first year class on Carol Morley’s films at the moment – lots of her films deal with that theme). Good luck with your project.
Best wishes

Dr Catherine Grant.

Here’s a trailer for the film:

 

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This means that we have to change the name of our film from ‘The Edge’, to something that hasn’t already been taken!

Another issue we encountered was not being allowed to shoot at our desired location Beachy Head.

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This meant we had to try and find other similar locations to shoot at, obviously having to be a cliffs edge. Two potential locations we came up with were Seven Sisters and Seaford Head.

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We discovered we were able to film at Seaford Head, after receiving confirmation of this we decided to do a recce and see if it would be a suitable location. While it is a suitable location in terms of being at the edge of a cliff, it wasn’t ideal due to the fact the nearest car park was quite a walk away from the cliff’s edge, which would mean getting the actors to walk to the location rather than being driven directly there, which we were able to do if we were filming at Beachy Head. This will also provide to be an issue in terms of carrying heavy equipment back and forth, but it’ll just mean we have to recruit more runners to help us.

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Safety has also been a big issue with the shooting of our film, as it’s going to be shot at a cliff’s edge there is many safety precautions that need to be taken into account. Finding a part of the cliff where it is safe to film was one of the most important things we had to take into consideration, we needed to find a part of the cliff where it looked as if our character was standing close to the edge, without actually being put in any danger.

Risk assessment:

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Another issue we encountered on shoot was achieving a slipping shot. Due to safety precautions it has been very difficult to find a part of the cliff that looks like the edge, without actually being the edge.

Finding the perfect and safe position to shoot:

 

Rehearsing the slip:

 

I had always been concerned about making the slip look realistic, but when it actually came to shooting, this was definitely one of the more challenging shots to achieve. I had initially wanted the slip to occur during Eli’s transition from sitting down to standing up, however this proved to be really difficult. We also had to get the perfect angle, I had wanted the slip to be shot from behind as I had thought this would be the best angle to make it look like he’s actually slipping on the edge of the cliff, if it was shot from the side it would evident that he’s not actually standing on the edge. However, when shooting, we decided to try it from a low angle from the ledge below the pretend cliff edge. This angle was actually more preferable, I really like the effect achieved by the unusually low angle.

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As you can see in this photo, it does look like our character is standing on the edge. I really like this shot, as I was initially concerned about achieving a variety of interesting and unusual shots due to our limitations regarding safety. During the shoot we experimented with getting a close up of Eli’s feet slipping, as I felt it may be an option to cut the close-up into the slipping sequence. For example, have a long shot from behind of him standing up, then cut to the close up of his foot slipping, then returning to a long shot from behind of him recovering from his slip. I thought it was best to get as many options as possible with the slip, as it’s the one shot I’m most concerned about in terms of making it look realistic.

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