They went back into Popplet and added additional (red) boxes to make notes of things they would need for the filming: location notes; props and who was responsible for them; costume notes; and so on
They filmed everything hand-held using the iPad. With the big screen it's easy to see what's happening. The iPad is quite easy to hold steady and quite easy to do camera moves like panning and so on.
Check The Shot
The iPad made it easy for them to review each take so they could tell when they had what they needed.
After each scene, they did a rough edit of the shots they had using iMovie. When those shots didn't cut together, they simply thought about what they might need and just went back and shot it. When each scene was completed, they went back into Popplet and made the border of that scene green to show that it was done.
The first scene they shot didn't work. No matter how they tried to edit it, the shots didn't go together. So they redid one shot and edited it in. And it worked!
They went on in this way until they had a finished film.
Rite of Passage was made by a group of very keen young filmmakers. Simon is now a professional lighting technician in TV and film. Sherylee is a professional sound recordist and filmmaking tutor. She regularly works with us as a production manager and filmmaking mentor.
Rite of Passage was a very ambitious project, with elaborate costume, special effects, and night shoots. The sound was just as ambitious, with students creating a complex soundscape with the support of BAFTA award winning dubbing mixer Stu Hilliker, and writing and recording their own songs with international musician Barry Andrews.
In this project, we developed the script writing, pre-production and post-production processes that we still use today. These techniques enable the young people to do everything themselves, as Simon and Sherylee explained in this short documentary.
Awards and Publicity
They won Best Thriller at the national 2008 First Light awards, which gained them and us a lot of great publicity. One of the judges was Bond actor Daniel Craig. He told us the film was “disturbing”, which delighted the young filmmakers as that was what they intended.