Last week saw the production of The Cloud Catcher, which is one of our end-of-degree projects at Falmouth University. The short drama is a fairytale that follows a girl called Sula who is determined to prove that the stars, the moon and the sun are real. It’s a short story following ideas about childhood imagination and how different things look through their eyes.

Filming began on Monday 15th February where we filmed the majority of the scenes in Penberth Valley, near Lands End, followed by Trebah Gardens in Falmouth. The DOP, Andrew C. Neil, was using a Sony A7S linked with an Odyssey Recorder to output into 4k ProRes video, which really complimented the lush locations. Throughout the week we have been making updates of the filming with our page’s Instagram account: https://www.instagram.com/cloudshortfilm

Penberth Cove, Lands End where The Cloud Catcher is set

Penberth Cove, Lands End where The Cloud Catcher is set.

The Cloud Catcher

The Cloud Catcher

On set I was an AC and Focus Puller to Andrew as we filmed the actress Ruby throughout the week. Ruby is an up and coming performer who has recently been in the production of the new series of Poldark coming later this year.

Director Hannah ‘Lu’, Production Designer Rowena Zorro, Assistant Producer Andrew of Forgotten Species Productions and DOP Andrew Neil

Director Hannah ‘Lu’, Production Designer Rowena Zorro, Assistant Producer Andrew of Forgotten Species Productions and DOP Andrew Neil.

Andrew Neil with the A7S set up, with Odyssey 4k video output, Axis wireless follow focus

Andrew Neil with the A7S set up, with Odyssey 4k video output, and Axis wireless follow focus

After production datalogging began in Avid, my main role of the film is Editor and Colour Grader. All of the 4k video footage was first transcoded into dnxhd 1080p so we are able to review and edit the rushes at ease, without frying the computer. I have spent the last few days going through the clips organsing them into bins scene by scene.

While we still have a few scenes left to film in the coming weeks, we are able to begin a first assembly. The first cut shall be completed for a progress presentation mid March with a picture lock late April.