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Following our work on Hedda Tesman, co-producers, Chichester Festival Theatre approached us to create a conceptual trailer for their production of Sing Yer Heart Out for The Lads. The production is set in a pub showing the England vs Germany 2002 World Cup Qualifier and focuses on the xenophobic tensions amongst the fans. Therefore the trailer needed to convey the underlying tensions between the characters and feel as if trouble could erupt at any minute.
To get the ball rolling on this project, Chichester provided us with a scenario, some shot ideas, and the script. After reading through the script we then worked on a concept that would depict a scene in the play and subtly reveal some of the character dynamics. The scene we focused on is full of bubbling tension and anticipation almost like a renaissance painting which led us to the idea of filming the majority of the trailer in slow-motion.
Additionally, to the renaissance vibe, slow-motion is also a common aesthetic of sports replays and advertising. Once the concept and style were in place, we located a pub in West London and Chichester sourced football shirts from the nineties and the early noughties.
On the day of the shoot, we only the pub for a short amount of time, we had to capture everything before it opened at 11 am. We started with all of the actors in the pub and ran through the whole scene to capture a wide establishing shot, we then focused on the character dynamics and interactions with mid-shots. Finally, we used close-ups to focus on character emotions and cutaways. In post-production, we pieced this all together with sound FX to achieve a full-blown aggressive scene. Check out the final video below: