When we heard about short film Limit of the Land, we knew it was going to be a special project and were keen to be involved. The shoot would be a little different from our usual line of work, and it presented the opportunity for us to support a British, independent film, funded by crowd-sourced donations.
Set in 1913 against the backdrop of the approaching First World War, the 15 minute film tells the story of two men who row out to relieve the keeper of an isolated lighthouse – and what happens when they discover that he is missing.
Writer and director Matthew Pritchard wrote the film as a response to Europe’s refugee crisis, and what he saw as a tide-turning moment for humanity. We knew that faithfully capturing the film’s physical setting – at the edge of sea and land, while tides are turning and storms are raging – would play a huge part in telling this story and representing Matthew’s vision well.
Creativity through partnership
The Limit of the Land project enabled us to work in partnership with lecturers and creatives from Ravensbourne College – innovators in digital media and design. While Ravensbourne College formed the film crew, Locate provided production management and support.
Shooting for the film was based in Keyhaven, a small fishing village on England’s south coast. We were fortunate to be able to shoot in such a beautiful and historic location right by the water, and with suitably unpredictable weather we had plenty of opportunity to explore and create using different visuals and camera angles.
A daily ferry took our actors, crew and equipment from the mainland to Hurst Castle and Hurst Point Lighthouse, Milford on Sea – a much more enjoyable commute than the tube at rush hour!
Hurst Castle generously provided us with safety boats and drivers, which we were very grateful for as we were shooting scenes on one particularly rainy and windy afternoon. With waves and riptides stronger than usual, most of the crew stayed safely on land while the safety boat headed out to ensure our actor Luke was happy in his small wooden rowing boat – which had to be carefully re-positioned in the water between each take due to being buffeted around by the wind and waves!
Working with CGI
Limit of the Land involves one of the main characters – Daniel – coming across a beached whale while out looking for his father. We enlisted the help of London-based set builders Andy Knights to create a life-like whale for these scenes, to be brought alive in post-production through the magic of CGI. It requires a very specific skill to be able to imagine what the end product of your filming will look like once it is enhanced by CGI, but our team rose to the challenge and it will be exciting to see the final result!