Here are some of the awards we have received for this film:
A DVD has been prepared which includes a "Making Of" bonus feature. Here is a picture of the Producer Paul Welton creating a short introduction for it. This picture is effectively "The Making Of The Making Of The Only Way Is Up"!
Here is a draft of the DVD insert:
And the DVD itself:
Below are some photos taken during filming in June which show actors Melita Leavens, Tommie Grabiec and Susan Seelig with cameraman Paul Welton and director Andrew Pennycook.
Script Here is the final version of the script, which the final movie follows quite closely:
Storyboarding Some initial ideas were hand-drawn, but as the location for Scene 6, which had the most technical issues to solve, was available to us we used stills where possible. Below you can see an animated storyboard for this scene, which was valuable not just to design the movie, but to check whether the location offered all that was needed.
Madame Zoephel lives in a tower block, but we plan to film scent 6 in a three story building! The plan for filming scene 6 is for most of the action to take place on floor 1, so that if Nora wants to go downstairs we film her going to the ground floor. However when she reaches the ground floor the problem is that the external building doors may compromise the shots, so we need to switch back to the first floor, with her coming down from the second floor. Unfortunately, there is a similar problem in that the second floor has a different landing configuration, so can't be included in the shots. The idea is that by judicious choice of shots, we can give the impression of a tall block of flats and not give the game away about it being only three stories!
Here are a few more shots of the earlier scenes:
Scene1: Mrs Fensdale (Madame Zoephel) visits her husband Derek in jail. She is disturbed by his condition.
Scene2: While Nora and Jake are talking, Madame Zoephel is in her flat, high up in a tower block.
Scene 2: Madame Zoephel is using her omniscient powers as a fortune teller.
Scene 3: While talking to Nora on the phone, Madame Zoephel can see more than she is letting on.
The three story location has no floor numbers at all, but the inevitability of the increasing floor numbers is crucial to the story, so we need floor numbers. Due to the difficulty of making or buying, and installing physical numbers, we plan to create the floor numbers in Post-Production. A trial of just how this will work out is shown below. (the last part of the storyboard was created from it by converting it to a pencil style image)
The second issue with using a three story building is that the illusion of being high up is completely destroyed if the viewer can see items outside the window. However if it is very bright outside then the outside views may be completely white due to over-exposure. During some trial filming on 26th March this was not the case, the the example below shows how the over exposure can be heightened in post production. However, as shooting is planned for the summer months, it is likely that the problem will actually become easier to solve.
The third issue is how to film Nora arriving and leaving from Madame Zoephel's flat. We have the location for the flat itself, but it is actually a house and the external door is clearly not the door to a flat. The following footage shows how an internal door has been converted to a residential flat door by the removal of a window, door furniture, and the addition of a Yale lock and a flat number.
Scenes 2 and 3 - Nora and Jake
Scene 2: Establishing shot showing Jake on the sofa (left) and Nora on the green chair, (right). Jake will be weighing out heroin for his clients and "cutting", or mixing it, with impurities.
Scene 2: Dirty frame shot of Nora.
Scene 2: Dirty frame shot of Nora from a higher viewpoint.