Location
       
     
The Bride
       
     
VFX
       
     
No fun on set...
       
     
The team at work
       
     
The close up
       
     
The twins
       
     
The headpieces
       
     
Location
       
     
The Milk Thistle
       
     
Preparation & Budget
       
     
Make Up Design
       
     
Director's notes
       
     
All hand on deck
       
     
Lighting
       
     
Setting up the shot
       
     
Check everything
       
     
Exertion
       
     
Support
       
     
You can't predict the weather
       
     
Mucking in
       
     
Teamwork makes the dream work
       
     
Approval
       
     
Location
       
     
Location

The Spring was filmed in a lock-up in the back lot of Ridgeway Road Auto Engineering. We cleared out the decades worth of spiders' webs and attached a door to the side. Voila!

The Bride
       
     
The Bride

The Spring is the story of a woman on allegedly the most important day of her life: her wedding day. But her world is not as it seems. Kate Davies is a Bristol based horror and sci-fi actress, and an emerging talent on the UK horror scene.

VFX
       
     
VFX

The picture window was done with a lot of green paint and a picture frame, purchased from a global Swedish furniture emporium. 

No fun on set...
       
     
No fun on set...

We won't admit to what was being said here, but safe to say the shoot was a lot of fun for all involved. 

The team at work
       
     
The team at work

The hustle and bustle of a small independent film set

The close up
       
     
The close up

Holding the lead actor's head still is definitely part of the job description as a filmmaker. 

The twins
       
     
The twins

Identical twins Ryan & Russell Oliver played The Gentlemen: the nefarious dealers of romance from a parallel universe. 

The headpieces
       
     
The headpieces

These were handmade by our make up designer Janey Hayes, and illustrated the technological differences between the male and female universes. 

Location
       
     
Location

The male universe was filmed at The Milk Thistle speakeasy in Bristol.

The Milk Thistle
       
     
The Milk Thistle
Preparation & Budget
       
     
Preparation & Budget

Preparation for The Spring took about three months, and the budget was just over £1000 GBP.

Make Up Design
       
     
Make Up Design

Janey Hayes our make up designer painted our twins white to give them a sunless, wan look. She also snuck in some white medical gloves for their hands to give them a plastic, wipe-clean sort of air, despite their tuxedos.

Director's notes
       
     
Director's notes

The Milk Thistle has a very Alice in Wonderland style to it, and this very much added to theme of our story. Here, our actors discussed how we could bring the theme in more effectively. 

All hand on deck
       
     
All hand on deck

Everybody helps out with everything on set. Here is our very talented script supervisor, and continuity queen, Amelia Berry helping Kate out with her hair.

Lighting
       
     
Lighting

Lighting is key for telling your story correctly. It can affect the mood and give the audience a nudge in the way you would like them to feel at any one time. 

Setting up the shot
       
     
Setting up the shot

Scott Wharram is a stickler for perfection. That's why he always works with us! 

Check everything
       
     
Check everything

As a producer, director and writer, you have to constantly go back and forth to check if any changes you have had to make at the last minute cause any major disruption to the story, or have disastrous consequences.

Exertion
       
     
Exertion

Kate Davies: tired after the chair smash. A one-shot-wonder.

Support
       
     
Support

What is a filmmaker without the support of their friends and family. We are all lucky enough to have very understanding spouses, who support us through all our projects. Husband / Stills Photographer: Andy Saxon. 

You can't predict the weather
       
     
You can't predict the weather

Make Up Artist Janey Hayes, battling the heat of a midsummer's day.

Mucking in
       
     
Mucking in

When we have no supporting artists, crew will always do the job. Any chance to get a body part on camera!

Teamwork makes the dream work
       
     
Teamwork makes the dream work

A supportive and understanding core team can go a long way.

Approval
       
     
Approval

You must always get approval from everyone involved... even Andromeda the cat.