Category Archives: pre-production

Production begins

Things have stormed ahead recently in the production of The Last Bookshop. We can now welcome Joe into our cast, to play the part of the Boy who discovers the last ever bookshop. Here is Joe rehearsing alongside our Shopkeeper, … Continue reading

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Alfred Hoffman is our Shopkeeper!

We are delighted to reveal that the Shopkeeper in The Last Bookshop will be played by the wonderful Alfred Hoffman. Alfred has been acting for over half a century, so it is a real honour for us to welcome him … Continue reading

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Test footage: colour grading

Here’s last week’s test footage that we shot in Treadwell’s bookshop in London. Our aim here was to sympathetically light a character’s simple movement through a book-lined space. The composition and content is nothing special, and we have some intern … Continue reading

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The Light Fantastic

Thanks to the immense kindness of Christina at Treadwell’s bookshop, we were back amongst the magic books last night, filming lighting tests. I can’t overstate the importance of these tests. We will be filming in various different shops, with all … Continue reading

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Auditions, music, storyboarding

We were in Birmingham to begin the auditions for the character of the Boy on Thursday. Our venue was a converted Bird’s custard factory called (rather inventively) The Custard Factory. I used to have drama classes there when I was … Continue reading

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Test filming

After numerous obstacles (curse you e-bay) we are finally in the possession of a steadicam! In layman’s terms, this means our handheld camerawork can look all smooth, cinematic and lovely, rather than looking like a drunk filmed it. As I’m … Continue reading

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Casting the Shopkeeper

Down below street level, in the basement of Treadwell’s magical bookshop in Store Street (their new location) we today auditioned old shopkeepers. And how fantastic it was to hear the dialogue and the narration coming alive. After weeks and weeks … Continue reading

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