Need a little help, please. Am shooting a short in March over the first three weekends. This is a 'high risk' short in that if successful, it could be excellent but if unsuccessful will be terrible. It is the first short I have attempted where we have really looked to push the limits both creatively and artistically but there is one, extremely important element which we need help with.
One of the issues is a highly emotionally charged scene where a character is crossing a bridge and is torn between killing himself or not. This is based on a true story so we want to do this justice.
What we were thinking of was a high point in London, say suicide bridge, where we could film this taking place and I can get filming permissions. However, the issue we are wrestling with is audio in that we want to record the performance well which would be impossible on a bridge due to the nature of filming in an area where there is traffic. Therefore, our solution is to have an ongoing hallucination where the character is so torn and twisted inside that they flick to another location (in their mind) and they would look to kill themselves there. This could maybe be an interior location but with an open side where they could throw themselves out (keeping the theme of throwing themselves off a bridge).
The questions I would ask help with are therefore as follows:
1. Does anyone else have any solutions?
2. In terms of a London location, probably inside, where someone can look as if they are killing themselves, maybe somewhere high up but inside so we can control the sound, does anyone know anywhere? We have a small budget and I would gladly pay for this.
3. ADR is absolutely not an option. We need to capture the full performance and ADR will not allow us to do this.
4. Green screen is an option but this would require skills I do not have and I have greenscreened on multiple occasions. It would need a real expert.
We would be filming with the ubiquitous 5D, 7D plus a Nikkon, VG10, shoulder rig, slider, steadicam, tripods (with fluid heads) and recording sound on two Tascam DR100s, one of which will have a heavy-duty, professional, non-portable mixer attached plus a couple of different mics. For the sound, we would have one DR100 with an NTG-2 in the middle of the room set to 'low' to catch the shouty elements and a second boomed mic (ECM 674 which will have high tones) on the mixer to catch the quiet parts (we have high contrast levels in sound).
What are your thoughts?
Thanks in advance