Last September I was sitting at my computer, right where I am now, flicking through a number of online weather forecasting sites – the BBC, the Weather Channel, the Met Office, Weather Online, Metcheck, etc, etc. and they all showed a consistent prediction – heavy rain for Saturday. It was to be the first Saturday of our shoot. The summer had been unusually good by recent standards and of course we had all been hoping this would last. And so it did… right up to the week before the shoot. Then things went downhill suddenly, the prelude to the wettest winter on record in the UK.
As you will know if you’ve been keeping up to date with the saga of The Ditch‘s production, we had to cancel the shoot at a couple of days’ notice. Then we went into our holes a bit, engaged in other projects or in our real lives. After a little while, Sheena worked out how the film could work if we moved the action indoors. It meant a completely different story from the one we had set out to tell; but this new story was closer in many ways to the idea we had hoped to bring across in our original script. And it meant we could set the entire thing in a hotel room – problem solved!
Well, nearly. Truth is, there was just one thing missing. We hadn’t actually filmed a ditch, and the film’s title is… So we found ourselves a ditch, and it was very conveniently located, much more so than the one we had originally planned to use. It was even more ditch-like. And it’s the ditch you’ll see in the film. But of course it means at least one exterior sequence still needs to be filmed.
So, once again, I’m looking at weather forecasts and seeing the same thing – a lovely spell of weather, which we’ve been enjoying this spring, brought to a sudden end by showers, cloud and thunder. The exterior shots we were hoping to get this Saturday will almost certainly have to be postponed. However, Sunday looks a lot better and we hope to catch them then.
Thank God for weather forecasting and thank God for creative ingenuity! (Not necessarily in that order.)
By Monday it should all be done – at last! We’ll let you know how we get on via Twitter (@onthetrainprods) and we’ll post an update to this blog as soon as possible.