Filming in Progress Notification Signs and Template Download

Update: Read this post to find out about a great digital pack of all the film document templates you could possibly want! You can download a new version of the Filming in Progress Templates HERE (right-click, Save As…)

Not having a full budget and production team has led me, in the past, to forgetting to have “Filming in Progress” warning signs until the eleventh hour. At which point one is hastily drawn up on the back of a spare sheet of paper in marker pen and taped to a chair: not ideal. Generally people can get annoyed if you don’t have them, some places won’t be happy with you filming without them and most of the time it is just good etiquette.

Sometimes they will attract the wrong sort of attention: people will stop to see what you are doing, instead of behaving as normal and a crowd may gather. Also, I’m not sure where these signs stand legally, whether having them is sufficient enough to film passers-by and use that footage in productions (close-ups and focussing on specific individuals is definitely a no-no and would require release forms) but large companies have used signs that look very similar to the ones that you can download in this post.

I made these up so I can quickly print them out and use them on shoots, changing details as I go. The design is based on images and real life notification signs I have seen and the wording is similar too. In any case, you might want to check with your local laws regarding filming in public, but these are definitely a start. Available in Word, OpenOffice and PDF formats.

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The Cinematography of ‘The King’s Speech’

Colin Firth in The King's Speech

I went to see The King’s Speech last night, after ubiquitous rave reviews. I enjoyed it as much as anyone else but found that the cinematography excited me most.

It was all fog and wide angle distortion and natural lighting. There’s always some debate when a film comes out looking different from the typical, often causing a Marmite love-it-or-hate-it situation, but I found it really refeshing. The colouring and close-ups were superb.

In one scene, where Colin Firth and Helena Bonham Carter walk down a flight of stairs, they almost walk into darkness and it’s this avoidance of studio- or over-lighting that makes it feel more real.

Cinematographer Danny Cohen talks about it a little here and there are some caps from the trailer here.

The Cinematography of ‘127 Hours’

Crew Shooting 127 Hours

Click above to see the video.

This blog won’t be all technical and the proof is in the pudding. Some inspiration and theory for you today.

I was interested in what equipment was used on the production of 127 Hours and how they created the unique, visceral style.

My intention was to embed the video in this post, but WordPress seemed to struggle with that so click the image above or here to go to the source.