How did the shoot go?
“We shot 5 days, which turned out was not enough days to fully capture everything but we made the best of it. The atmosphere on the set was really nice. We had a lot of fun filming. There were some scenes we didn’t think through completely before shooting. The rain scenes are a good example of complete improvisation. It wasn’t raining that day, so we needed to find out how we could create fake rain. We ended up using a garden sprinkler and a lot of umbrellas to keep the equipment dry. As the actor had to be dry in the first shot, and we were with a very small crew at the time, the director had to be testperson for the rain. The assistant director had a lot of fun controlling the sprinkler. We also had some night scenes for which we had to tape aluminium foil over all the windows to keep the light out. Since it was really warm that day, it became very hot in the house with everything taped shut.”
How did you handle the post-production?
“The edit was done by Eva Plompen, 3rd year student montage at the Netherlands Film Academy. She was very busy around the time, but we were able to work with her as she and the director had been friend since high school. Through her we also found our production designer, sound designer and title designer. The editor and the director planned a couple weeks in the summer to work on the edit. At first it didn’t go very well, because the original structure didn’t work the way we wanted to. We decided to get some post-its and write down all the scenes. Then we started reorganising the scenes and made many different versions. Eventually we found a version that worked. One important lesson we learned is that time on set can feel very different than real time. Some of the material felt very rushed, but Eva used some editing tricks to make it all feel less rushed.
When we had the picture locked, it was sent to the composers and the sound designer. The sound designer was Andrea de Jonge, 3rd year student sound designer at the Netherlands Film Academy. The composers were Frederik Tings and Kavour S. Christos. Frederik has his background in Jazz and Kavour in classic music, so it was very interesting to see what they would create together. They created interesting music for the movie. Certain pieces were perfect the first version, others had some revisions. After all the music was done and the sound design finished the editor created the final exports of the movie.”