In late 2013 I was invited to the set of Scareycrows which was a feature film being made in Dawlish. What struck me when arriving on set was how good the film was looking (with a great fight scene being filmed) and that it was happening here in Devon.
Director Lucy Townsend has put together a great team for the production and with filming now wrapped (after a very successful kickstarter campaign), the film is now in post production.
I caught up Lucy recently to talk about what made her get into film, Scareycrows and future film productions:
You’ve just completed you first feature, how has the experience of making the film been ?
It has certainly been a steep learning curve!
I have been very lucky that I have had a fantastic team to work with and we have filmed in some wonderful locations.
As we were working on a micro budget we expected to have some challenges, and we certainly did, but it was fantastic how everyone pulled together and managed to find the things we needed.
We have finished filming now, but we still have quite a lot of work to do in post production so it will be a while yet before the film is finished.
What have been your favourite moments of the shoot?
The whole of the shoot was an amazing experience, but my favourite moment was a scene that we filmed on the beach at Shaldon. We had to recreate a historic French invasion with boats landing on the beach and muskets being fired and lots of villagers in costume.
It was September but the sun shone for us and everything went beautifully. It was a fantastic day and the scene looks great on film.
How has the local community supported the film?
They have been awesome! I have been completely overwhelmed by the amount of support we have received.
Many of the cast and crew live locally and we have had lots of people volunteering to help us.
We have also had tremendous support from local businesses who have been kind enough to lend us everything from bicycles to pitchforks. We have been allowed to film in lots of locations and were lucky enough to be offered the use of the EnviroHub Recycling Centre by Devon Contract Waste to film the final scenes.
Have you any advice for aspiring film makers out there, about to make their first feature film?
My main advice would be to find great people to work with. Filmmaking is all about collaborating and it really is important to be able to work as a team.
It also helps to find people with a really strong sense of humour.
It’s inevitable that you will face all sorts of unexpected problems but if you have a great team you can get through anything.
Oh, and remember to enjoy it. Filmmaking is supposed to be fun!
What inspired you to get into film making?
I’ve always been a film enthusiast and finally I thought why not?
What directors inspire you in your film making?
Lots. All of them. You can learn as much from a bad director as a good one.
I am working on another feature film but the script isn’t finished yet so it will be some time before we get to film it. In the meantime I will be directing a short film this summer so I have plenty to keep myself busy.
Thanks Lucy – looking forward to your future film projects!