Behind the Scenes Cycle 3!

A little selection of the work behind the scenes of shooting Cycle 3 and how fun at times it can be. Thanks again to everyone involved!

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Get Mugging! Behind the Scenes Cycle 2.

From our first day of shooting Cycle 2 – some photos by Jennifer Hook of our lovely cast members having fun. Shhhhh. Don’t mention the skulls!

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Miranda. (Who is a secret trekkie)

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Yorick – for all your skull requirements.

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The Soothsayer – because being creepy makes people listen!

 

 

Cycle 2 Preview – Alas! Tis but a taste.

Cycle 2 – Teaser. Alas! Tis but a taste. from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

Alas! Tis but a taste. But what
Sweet mouthful my good friends!
Such a feast awaits those patient
To await their good gratification.

Yorick – In Souliloquy Cycle 2 teaser – performed by John Last.

 

Introducing: Writer and Director Team for Cycle 2

Director.

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Franco-American Victorine Pontillon has divided her life between the two countries, and is now settled in London.

After obtaining her Baccalaureat Litteraire from the Lycée Victor Hugo in Caen, with a concentration in Art History and Theatre. She then returned to the States for a BFA in Theatre Performance from FAU, graduating Suma Cum Laude in 2011, before completing her MA in Acting (International) at East 15 Acting School.

When not acting or directing she can usually be found writing, teching, or shooting production photography/headshots.

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The V half of V&T Tilly is co-founder/producer/production manager/mother of In Souliloquy.

For Cycle 2 she is directing: YorickThe SoothsayerMirandaRichard IIIEmilia and Viola.

Writer.

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Tilly is a freelance writer and dramaturg specialising in collaborative visual theatre.  She studied Creative Writing/Theatre Studies at the University of Melbourne (First Class Honours) and has an MA in Creative Writing from the University of East Anglia (Distinction) where she was the 2012 recipient of the Malcolm Bradbury Development Award. She is a graduate of both the Royal Court and Menagerie Young Writer’s Programs and has been mentored through the Little Angel Theatre and Norwich Puppet Theatre.

The T half of V&T Tilly is co-founder/producer/production manager/mother of In Souliloquy.

For Cycle 2 she has written: YorickThe SoothsayerMirandaRichard IIIEmilia and Viola.

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Photos both by Jennifer Hook.

Thoughts on Self-Shooting (by first-timer)

To say I was nervous about self-shooting our first cycle would be an understatement. Though an experienced photographer and theatre director, the idea of what amounted to self-shooting six short films in a day filled me with both fear and excitement. (The idea of then editing and releasing said films was equally as mind-boggling). What had I managed to get myself into?

In theatre you are taught to go outside of your comfort zone. Experiment, explore, fail, and do it all again, only better. (Though we rarely use the way better). So this is what I was doing. Going (way, way) way out of my comfort zone. And would you like to know what I found out? It’s pretty cool and awesome out there in the unknown and uncomfortable. And no one died or got mangled.

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Actually, what came of it, were six brilliant little films that I am incredibly proud of. Sure, there are things I would change. I’m a bloody perfectionnist. But they are done, and good. And people seem to be enjoying them, so that’s good too. How did I get there and what did I learn you ask? Well, here are some of the things.

– Be prepared. (insert hilarious relevant song here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AKwgavRYZk0) Like with any other endeavour, just be ready. I had my equipment, my team, I knew what I wanted the product to look like, I knew my time restrictions, and I found freedom in those limitations. Having a structure helped me get through the day. There was no time to second-guess or doubt or worry, I just had to get on with what I knew needed done.

– Trust. (This bit is not meant as an ego stroke for anyone – nor is it meant to be overly corny). I trusted that the text was excellent, and that the actors who came in, those brilliant talented people, would work on it. I trusted them to come in with ideas for character, tone, text and in the end, they not only delivered, they utterly surprised me. Not one of the monologues, not even the one I changed sides of the camera for, turned out as I had imagined. And that is OK. Because they turned out so much better. The actors surprised me with their interpretations, their voices, and that is a magnificent moment.

– Be kind to yourself and others. (Something my mom likes to repeat to me. Spoiler alert: she’s right). On the day, I didn’t have time nor energy to beat myself up about things which didn’t go the way I had planned or wanted. Sure, people were banging doors and talking, and my sound skills are very far from honed. Sure, I wasn’t always getting what I wanted on my screen. So what? What could I do? What could I change to make it work? The first edit of the first souliloquy was not what I wanted. So yeah, I spent an hour or two, ok so at least three, in the edit room, telling myself I was terrible and had no clue what I was doing. What did I acheive? Nothing. What did I do? Took some advice, walked away, and came back fresh. What did I find? Something beautiful and touching and raw, and entirely unplanned.

– Be realistic. I don’t have the latest camera, lenses, sound stage, hell, I don’t even have a brilliant state-of-the-art microphone. So no, I’m not going to be able to rival the best cinematographers and sound artists. What I can do is make sure I do the very best with what I have, keep it simple, and trust, that the performances, the actors, are giving their very best. Because I don’t know about you, I can forgive the little things, the bumps in the technical stuff, if I am entirely captivated by an actor’s performance. Do I have a lot to learn. HELL YES. Am I learning? Yes. Am I going to win my Oscar tomorrow? No. But I am going to keep challenging myself to make a more exciting and smooth product.

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– You can’t control everything. (PS: It’s hard) This goes back to all of the above. I learnt above all how very hard it is to control everything. From the runaway strand of hair on the actors’ face, to the smudged make-up, or rustling noise, or sirens, or the lighting that’s a tad bit off. You have to follow all of the above steps, and accept that sometimes, shit happens, no matter how hard you try. Self-shooting is hard. You can only control so many things at once, and I found that the more you try to keep everything in check, the more you lose control and drive. Find what works for you; I personally have learned many lessons from the last shoot. And you know what I’m going to do? Implement them on the next one. Find my way to make it smoother, easier on myself in the editing room.

In the end though, what do I know? All I will say is that if this first foray into self-shooting taught me anything, it’s that you can’t shy away from something because it’s hard. Challenging yourself, making your own work, whatever form that might take, is liberating, and exhilarating, and I cannot wait for Cycle 2. Just sayin’.

In Souliloquy First Cycle – Blooper Reel!

In Souliloquy Cycle 1 – Blooper Reel from In Souliloquy on Vimeo.

So it being #ShakespeareSunday we thought we would share to you a little bit behind what went on in shooting our first cycle of In Souliloquy.

It’s a bit silly, there is jaunty music – but ultimately it’s a thank you to those we worked with to bring the characters to the screen and of course to the editor herself, Victorine!

End of April.

It’s the end of April (Shakespeare’s Birthday Month) and a time to reflect on our project before moving forward with it.

 

Before we move on to our Second Cycle in May here is a little pause and a reflection on things that we (V&T) Team In Souliloquy have achieved in April.

This April the two of us have produced, written, directed and edited 6 new films.

What we actually did.

  • Finished 6 new monologues in classical form and structure
  • Designed the In Souliloquy logo and Character plates
  • Story boarded 6 Souliloquies
  • Cast 6 wonderful actors for the roles
  • Built a website!
  • Maintained and updated the website.
  • Learned how to use vimeo
  • Started and managed a very active twitter account (@insouliloquy)
  • Sourced space to shoot the first cycle (thanks again to Jenny Dee) x
  • Made candles for cupcakes on set.
  • Shot 6 Souliloquies
  • Captured 6 great performances on film and 2 with photos (thanks Jennifer Hook) x
  • Edited 6 Souliloquies
  • Sourced music for the 6 Souliloquies
  • RE-EDITED 6 Souliloquies
  • Uploaded 6 Souliloquies
  • Released 6 Souliloquies on Vimeo and Soundcloud
  • Made a blooper reel!
  • Upgraded to a Vimeo PLUS account – in a week we went pro people…
  • Started a soundcloud account so people can listen to the Souliloquies – which is very different from watching them. It’s like a soul whispering in your ear.
  • Cast 6 new wonderful actors for Cycle 2
  • Sourced space to shoot Cycle 2
  • Fielded inquires about the project
  • Got involved in The Stage’s twitter discussion on #StageToScreen
  • WROTE 6 MORE NEW MONOLOGUES IN CLASSICAL FORM AND STRUCTURE

 

An enormous part of this work happened in the past week. On the 23rd of April 2016 400 years since William Shakespeare died we filmed and by the end of this month our first cycle was released.

Please celebrate the end of April by sharing on our unique responses to Shakespeare’s work and stay tuned to the website and twitter for news of more souls seeking an audience.

Love Tilly and Victorine

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