The reality sequences were filmed over two days in West Bromwich Central Public Library and The Pavilion Café in Stoke-on-Trent. These scenes made up the beginning and end of the film.
In the library the character (Kim) introduces the audience to her world. Scenes of books and pages are shown, and a ghost-like time-lapse was created. Extra sounds were recorded for the library scene in which Kim hears whispers coming from the books like the moment in Inkheart.
We had to create a sign for the cafe as there isn't yet one at the library, which then cut to the location in Stoke.
The library was really helpful when it came to filming, and the whole scene was shot in about 2 hours.
The cafe scene was filmed on a different day to the library.
In the cafe Kim meets the Barista, or Atsirab, and orders a cup of tea and a muffin.
The timing for the shoot was limited and as we worked on the lighting outside lessened. In the end we had to use artificial lights.
The cafe was closed when we got there and we couldn't gain access to the actual cafe area, so we had to create a cafe counter using the props we had bought and using whatever we could find in the area such as fliers and a trolley. Thankfully we had brought plenty of tea and cake!
The dreamscape was filmed entirely in a green-screen room in one day. Using the storyboards and a shot list, we figured out what scenes needed to be done first.
When it came to sound the room was very echoey and we could hear noises coming from outside. It was due to this that we decided the sound could be re-recorded, and perhaps dubbed over the final sequence.
The flying sequence was particularly hard to achieve. A variety of camera angles were used to suggest floating, and points of references were made to make the transitions between shots flow easily.
Please click here to see the final film: https://vimeo.com/124669359
Missed part 1? See here: http://film-forensics.blogspot.co.uk/2015/09/writers-block-part-1_24.html