We have been hard at work these past few months preparing to shoot our adaptation of Gogol’s Diary of a Madman, and last week we finally shot it! Adapted from a stage show that Paul created many moons ago (in our previous incarnation as The Splinter Group, and directed by John Horwood), this piece is an absolute corker and we have felt for a long time that it would make a fantastic film.
Working in collaboration with the artist and filmmaker Teo Ormond Skeaping and his partner Lena Dobrowolska we shot the piece on a tiny set using mainly paraffin lamps and candles to light it. Each diary entry (there are 20) had to be shot in one take as there are no cutaways. Teo shot the whole thing with a steady cam – for those of you who have never seen one, it’s a spectacular harness and robot arm affair that allows the camera to mirror the actor’s movements - fantastic for the end results but exhausting for the cameraman!
We managed to shoot the whole thing over five days and are thrilled with the result. Decisions are still being made as to how we will present this work so keep an eye on our Facebook page and sign up to our mail outs for further news of how you can get to see it… In the meantime, here are some screenshots of the extraordinary Paul Morel at work.