This time last year, Starfish was being filmed in Rutland. Director of photography, Clive Norman, shared a trailer on Vimeo, with a lot of fascinating detail about how the film was shot, and the challenges everyone faced. Something very special was created in such a short time. An incredible feat by all involved.
This film was a challenge from the word "GO"........there was only a small window of time where both main artistes were available, JUST 25 DAYS. I had heard that "The Dallas buyers club" had been shot in 28 days so I knew it could be done with the right scheduling and planning. So we set out to make it happen.
I knew there was going to be very little time for fancy lighting. I would have to use natural light most of the time and tickle a bit of my own light in here and there. Firstly, I worked closely with David Bryan the production designer. We planned for the interior sets to have plenty of suitable practical lighting so the room interiors were virtually pre-lit. This enabled me to use very little additional lighting. It also gave us full flexibility on camera to shoot 360 degrees, without having to waste any time re-lighting. We could have had a truck load of lighting, dollys and cranes but we would not have had the time to use any of them.