Vlogging In the Apartment

In this clip,  I talk about the apartment scenes, as well as a general behind the scenes look at the set.


Day 1 and 2 of Filming In the Uni

Yesterday and today the crew and I filmed in the university. Yesterday we filmed the office scenes, and today we filmed the toilet scene.

Yesterday was a very hectic day and we had to cut down many shots on the shot list because we ran out of time. It took a very long time to set up in the morning, because the security at Harrow campus took a while to open J1.17 which is where we had most of our equipment and props stored. This delayed us by one hour, and then once we had the equipment transported to the office space we were filming in, lighting considerations took a dutiful amount of the set-up time. In fact, the shot list could not be followed in order because discussions weren’t made with the gaffer in regards to which shot could flow after another to minimize moving around and using the setups that were already in place.

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Me directing Molly who plays Alison on the office set. Photo Credit: Rowan Enis Race

Also, I wasn’t exactly sure how many extras there would be until the first day of filming. There were actually 5 extras in total yesterday, plus the main actors. In the days leading up to filming, I had added directions into the script for the extras. However, a couple of the extras despite being very polite, didn’t take the directions very well- I suspect that it may have been their first time performing on set, so that is fair enough. We are all in the same boat, and I’m learning just as much as them. I respect them because we only gave them food, and not other expenses. And the fact that they were open to critical feedback and were polite and enthusiastic, made the day much more pleasant, despite the stresses regarding setup.

Today’s filming went much smoother because we were prepared for the fact that security were likely to open up the rooms later than expected. So the main crew  met up at the same time in the morning, but the others met up later, and finally the actors arrived last.

This time there were only two other extras, and also the filming location was much simpler- we filmed in one of A Block’s toilets. Therefore the framing of the shots were quite simple, and straightforward to follow.

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Me modeling for the camera, reenacting one of Andie’s scenes. Photo credit: Rowan Enis Race

Office Scene Shot List

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We grouped together all the shots that were filmed from the same angle to save time. It meant that if the shots were hand held for example, and we grouped all of those shots together, then Jeff- our DOP wouldn’t have to keep mounting and dismounting on the tripod. Secondly, by grouping together the shots that were filmed in the same angle, it meant that Walter; our gaffer, wouldn’t have to keep rearranging the lighting, and for the rest of us, to rearrange the set.


We’ve been granted filming permission for Southend. Myself and Dominika contacted the council after the permission was initially rejected. And because we weren’t exactly expecting the permission to be formally accepted once again, it’s taken us by surprise and we’ve had to re-think logistics.

Currently, we have raised roughly £400 through crowd-funding, and our crafts and cakes sales. I’m helping Dominika calculate the budget and work out realistic ways of spending the money.

The biggest area we have to focus on at the moment is how we’re going to organise and be ready for the Southend shoot. We’ve got two days of filming lined up in Southend- on the first day it will be the main crew doing a test shoot and establishing shots. The next day will be with the actors, and we only have a limited amount of time to shoot, that’s why we want to prepare as much as possible the day before. Therefore, we’re thinking that it would be ideal if the main crew- Dominika, Jeff and I to stay for overnight in Southend. We want to be mentally prepared for the big shoot with the actors. It’s going to be an early start, as the pier opens at 8am, and we want to get there as soon as possible to grasp the day, and before it gets busy.

Southend is an hour away from central London, and so I know realistically it’ll be quite a challenge for all crew members coming from all directions to get here smoothly on time. That’s why I want to be there the night before, to ensure that I can be ready with a couple of the crew members. Adella would probably meet the other helpers at Fenchurch station, and to be ready at 8am to help us set up in Southend. And Diana would meet the actors at Fenchurch station, and arrive at 9am. I’m hoping this all goes smoothly- it’s just at the moment I’m quite stressed about how everyone is going to get here on time, and also secondly the money.


Locus of Control

Another theory of Depression is Julian Rotter’s (1975) concept of locus of control. This refers to the self-belief that you can can affect and alter your situation, which means Rotter terms someone with an internal locus of control and a high sense of self-efficacy. An external locus of control occurs, when people don’t feel in control of their situation and they have a low sense of self-efficacy. Rotter has observed that people with Depression usually have an external locus of control and a low sense of self-esteem.


Rotter, Julian. “Some Problems And Misconceptions Related To The Construct Of Internal Versus External Control Of Reinforcement.”. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. N.p., 1975. Web. 9 May 2017.

Negative Self Schema

Beck (1967) believed that people with negative self schemas make errors in their thinking and they concentrate on certain aspects of a situation while ignoring equally relevant information.

He also came up with the Negative Cognitive Triad, which illustrates how negative thoughts are about the self, the world, and the future


Beck, A. T. (1967) Depression – Clinical Experimental and Theoretical Aspects, New York: Harper and Row