Saturday 1st August 1998
by Henry Burrows
Location: North Hampshire
Well, we made it - the final full day of filming. There
are still a few odd "bits and pieces" to be shot, but today we finished
off all the major scenes in Foiled. Once again, the weather
was a factor - thunderstorms were forecast and we knew we'd be working
against the clock to get the shots in before the sun disappeared.
Strange goings on out front...
It was Ian's turn to forget an important
prop today - the coat that Jimmy is
seen wearing in all the other exterior shots! The trip back to his
house wasn't wasted though - we got in some generic countryside and road
shots from the front of his car.
Once we arrived at "The House Of Foiled" our first job was to patch up the
Foil Man costume enough for it to
survive its last day of action. Repairs complete, we hit the front
drive to shoot the scene where Jimmy and
Laura load Foil Man into
Scanner's car and then head off,
beginning the journey to North Wales. However, with this being a
Saturday morning, the main road passing the house was incredibly
busy and reversing the car out onto it proved a challenge - the journey
began but after yet another delay. Meanwhile, in the Foil Man
costume, Dave was heating up - the
promised thunderstorms were nowhere in sight and so far the day was
warm and sunny.
A half hour journey later (during which I filmed from our "camera
car", driven by Mike) we arrived at
our second location for the day - Holybourne near Alton. Here
we shot a scene where the electronic device keeping Foil Man under
sedation runs out of power and the students are forced to abandon the
car. Dave managed to shock a few innocent passers-by when he
emerged from the back seat of the car, stumbled into the middle of
the road (causing a passing car to brake sharply and the driver to
grin insanely at the bizarre sight), and then charged off up a small
country path after Ian and Sue.
After a lunch break at Ian's house in Alton, we were joined by
Shaun and headed off to shoot more driving scenes. Mostly
miscellaneous shots from outside the car, they included a shot from
the top of a small cliff, several shots of the car passing woods
and fields (it's not exactly North Wales but the film's not really
about the scenery!!!), a shot of Shaun looking very bemused as he
waited in his car to pull out from a junction, and the amazing
"overhead" shot - achieved on a zero budget with no helicopter!
As we finished the last shot of the day, storm clouds were bearing
down on us with great speed - a couple of minutes later the rain
was coming down intensely, so we headed off to the nearest pub
and celebrated a successful day.
The storm approaches... and strikes!