Collaboration: Facebook email conversation Saturday 26 October 2013

Chris Emerson:

Hmmn, I’m not so sure that we will be able to get a tent up on Devils Dyke tomorrow. They are predicting winds of up to 90mph. We might have to play it by ear or make some alternative plans, although it could be pretty epic!

Julia Fry:

Yes somebody just told me there’s a storm coming. Let’s see in the morning. I was up there today taking photos and collecting ambient sounds. It was pretty windy but it seemed normal for that place.

Chris Emerson:

Tomorrow I feel will be very different

Julia Fry:

Could be an exhilarating experience

Apparently wind was 22mph in Brighton today and tomorrow 28mph expected. Monday 44mph!

Justine Smith:

an d just like a shareholder to believe they can pitch a tent in any condition!

Chris Emerson:

I’m just watching a documentary on the 1987 storm, looks pretty intense. We will have to see what tomorrow morning brings I guess

Julia Fry:

Storm warning is predicted for Sun night and Monday. Might be better to head up there earlier than 11am so we’re out of the way as the wind speed increases. How do you feel about an 8am start?

Chris Emerson:

the forecast says 60-80mph winds

Julia Fry:

Chris Emerson:

Chris Emerson:

ok so by the looks of it we can expect 30-50mph winds until about 9pm on Sunday, and it’s going to be pretty wet. It might be an idea to start earlier if we are going to film tomorrow as it will only get worse. I’m not adverse to it providing that it is safe enough to drive up to Devil’s dyke

Julia Fry:

Are you sure that’s sunday and not monday? The storm is sposed to be hitting here 5am monday morning.

Chris Emerson:

monday morning it’ll be 60-80mph winds

Julia Fry:

Looking at the met site again, I see there’s rain about 9am but just cloud from 11am. Let’s stick to the original plan and start at 11am. Chris, are you picking both Helen and me up? If so, who first?

Also, I had an idea: as soon as we’re all together can you guys be in character and I’ll be as if I’m making a documentary film about you. What are your character names?

Chris Emerson:

I shall pick you up at 10.45ish and hHlen at 11?

*Helen

Julia Fry:

Fab. Thanks, Chris. What’s your character’s name?

Chris Emerson:

Hmmn, I’m not sure. I’m not sure what to wear either

I was thinking maybe some ski gear

Julia Fry:

to guard against the weather?

Chris Emerson:

yeah, it’s going to be pretty miserable

Julia Fry:

Fair enough. I’m bringing waterproofs with me.

What’s your character’s background?

Chris Emerson:

is this film going to be mostly silent or are we talking?

I’m going to be called Hugo.

Julia Fry:

It’s going to be quite hard to capture dialogue in the wind but we’ll give it a go. I’m going to record the conversation (with you two in character) in the car on the way up to the dyke) and may use some of that in the film. I’d like some realistic gestures and dialogue, if it feels truthful and right.

[edit 25 Nov 2013: I realise now the way my sentence was worded conflicted with my earlier challenge to them of “I’d like to invite you to use as little dialogue as possible.” What I meant, but communicated poorly, was I’d like minimal dialogue and only if it feels truthful and right.

 

Julia Fry:

Hugo. Good.

Chris Emerson:

so we’re supposed to be posh types?

Julia Fry:

Oh yes, will you bring your radio mics?

Chris Emerson:

sure, what kit are you bringing?

Julia Fry:

erm, that depends on your character’s background. what is your character’s background?

I’m bringing a 7d and a zoom and my trusty dictaphone

will you bring tripods?

I have two green patio chairs – will they fit in the car?

Chris Emerson:

i can get the chairs in if you ride separately

i can bring my tripod

Julia Fry:

Okay. and just wondering… what organisation(s) is Hugo a shareholder of?

And how do you and Helen’s character know each other? Are you shareholders in the same organisation?

Chris Emerson:

hmmn, should we perhaps discuss this in the car and then be in character once we’ve setup all the gear?

Julia Fry:

I think we won’t take the chairs as the premise is they’re taking a break and setting up camp for the weekend. So I’ll come in the car if that’s okay – also i’ll need to wear glasses so I can see the camera screen properly. Good idea re. discussing it in the car on the way up. when we arrive I’ll start filming you taking the tent to the building and deciding wear to put it and then erecting it.

Julia Fry:

All in character, of course.

Chris Emerson:

if it’s completely pissing down with rain are we going to go ahead with the tent?

Julia Fry:

yes 

Chris Emerson:

Julia, what lights do you use at uni?

Julia Fry:

I prefer natural light. There’s a photo on my blog that I particularly like for the aesthetic of this film – actually, there are two – the first and the last on this post: https://ooliatr.wordpress.com/2013/10/26/collaboration-photographs-of-derelict-building-at-devils-dyke/

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