By Clementine Tuffrey
This morning we were filming a scene that took Ben about 2 hours to open a door, grab a spear, grab some bread and walk out again. The whole scene is probably 30 seconds long.
One of many angles we used to film Ben unlocking a door
When we had finally finished the filming, we ate an early lunch then got out filming again. We filmed a deer stalking scene, with Ben and Conan stalking a deer. I was filming with Jack, our guy-who-helps-us-film person.
Clemmie and Jack-our guy-who-helps-us film setting up to film the deer stalking
The deer will be computer generated, so we didn’t actually have to get a deer and stalk it. Although we did see a muntjac deer while we were searching for the right place to film the scene. When we had finished filming the scene with the deer, we filmed the archaeological scene, with Pippa finding the comb we dropped yesterday. I did the sound for that. The film will be shown on Easter Monday, when there will be an event for the happening.
‘Pippa ‘finding’a bone comb
By Conan Barja-Lock
Today we have been really busy filming for the short film. We have filmed loads of scenes, and, like yesterday, each scene took ages to film.
Getting ready to film a scene
The whole film will be about 3-5 minutes, and we are only about half way through recording, however it has already taken about 4 and a half hours to record. We got to dress up as Anglo-Saxons to make sure the film looked correct, but the clothes are quite itchy. You do get used to it though.
A smoky scene in the hall wearing itchy clothes!
Tomorrow we will be finishing the recording. We were also having to make sure that each scene links, so that the film will start at the museum, and end at the museum.
By Conan and April
We are all set and ready for filming tomorrow. Planning every scene, we took in to account all the camera angles and different types of shots to make it as interesting as possible for the audience. Finally we got a chance to film the first scenes of our film; Jack taught us how to operate the camera, sound and lighting equipment properly which we all got a chance to try out.
Jack showing us how to use the camera and sound equipment
We are all looking forward to tomorrow, when we are going to be fully costumed, to produce the best re-enactment video. During today we learned how to create a storyboard for a historical video. Looking forward to the next few days when we will be filming.
Rosie being filmed from lots of different angles looking at objects in the musuems
By Conan Barja-Lock
Looking through the hundreds of photographs we took
Today we have had lots of fun with Rik Hoggett, while he was explaining to us how he wanted our part of the new guide book for West Stow to be. He gave us lots of useful tips and information, to make sure that it engaged the audience, and portrayed our message well. We have also been choosing a few photographs to go along with our allocated part of the guide book. Firstly, we had a look at our over 1000 pictures, then, we chose 42 of those that we thought were quite good, then we chose 5 of those that were truly capital, and those 5 are the 5 that we are going to use (counting on the fact that we have enough space)!
We have also had a go at editing those photographs using Adobe Photoshop. Our part of the new guide book is also written up, and is 5 paragraphs long (about 500 words). However, it is only the second draft, and will possibly need to be updated before it is published.
Writing our guidebook section
By Ben, Clemmie, Conan and Rosie
Preparations for our section of the guide book of the Sunken House excavation are going well.
Putting together a presentation to show Ian Alister
We’ve bought together all the results from the excavation with help from Rob, the archaeologist, and presented it to Ian Alister, one of the original House builders.
Ian showed us the site diary
Ian bought in some photographs and the diary that the team wrote every day when they were building the house.
Tomorrow we are hoping to write part of the guide book and continue with our interpretations, ready for the final presentation at Easter.
This is all that is left of the house.