How I set up an interior scene for a film shoot

Tv Set Filming Bedroom Bluebellgray colourful bedroom

Last week was a really busy one in terms of here at home. Not only have I been coming up with some ideas and plans for a new living room, there was also some film location work going on.

Now, if you read the last post of mine, you’ll know that we just had a new carpet put in which I love so as you would imagine I had my beady on it all day when the crew were here. They were very good and respectful though. I think they wouldn’t have dared stand on or put their cameras and lights on it. I was hovering …

Grey Walls Cosy Bedroom Colourful duvet pillow Picture Ledge over bed

Anyway, I digress and will tell you more about what the filming was all about a little later, as what I wanted to talk about today is how I created one of the scenes – I recreated it here for you as there was literally no time on the day to take any photos.

Having interviewed the very established tv production designer Richard Drew not so long ago, it gave me some inspiration on how to go about setting it all up.

I needed to make sure it looked right for the character’s involved so here is what I came up with:

Colourful Bedroom Retro phone Grey Walls Bluebellgray

Painted the wall behind the bed a light grey. It is a naturally light space so it can take it. I maybe won’t be keeping this colour for long but as I am soon doing up the room ( again ) so felt this colour would be suitable for the two people

Added contrasting colours because the grey backdrop allowed it. The lovely people at Bluebellgray provided us with a Seafield duvet set and a couple their Fringe and Paintbox cushions. If there had been too much going on with strong patterns etc, it would take away from the actual story. I was always taught when I worked in television that too much black is not good on film because it soaks up the light and lots of red isn’t too popular either. Stripes can strobe on film also which would make the viewer feel ill after a while so that’s always a no no.

Setting TV Scene Bedroom Grey Colour Cosy Bright Pops Colour

Made the space feel cosy as it was a sleepy night scene, by adding pictures, books, drinks of water, plants and soft lighting. Of course there is the professional lighting but they can tweak everything to make it look like the right time of day. It’s pretty clever really.

I asked about the characters before hand and had a look at the script to get an idea of what they might be like and how they would dress their room. It’s also important to check what they will be wearing to make sure it all coordinates.

Grey Bedroom Colourful TV Scene Filming Blluebellgray Cosy home

What made me laugh was actors sleeping and chatting in my own bed. Luckily they are both lovely folk so it wasn’t too weird.

My kitchen was also used on the day and our upstairs hallway. If you are new to reading my blog, you may not know that I originally used to act and still do sometimes … so guess who was in one of the scenes ? I loved it and we had a really good laugh. I played a snooty lady at a dinner party. A great opportunity to ham it up a little.

This was all filmed for a trailer called  ‘ Bus Pass to Peterborough ‘ to showcase my Dad’s script. he has been a writer for a long time and has worked lots of different types of programmes over the years. I really admire his tenacity in such a tough business. It took a whole week of locations. Pre – production planning too and of course then it will be edited now. Amazing the amount of team work that goes in to these things, booking the actors, location hunting, scene setting and working out timetables – and of course relying on the weather which was luckily really good. I can’t wait to see the completed work and then see where it is taken from there ? The long term focus is a television film set here in Suffolk. There are some beautiful Autumnal outdoor scenic shots as you might imagine and a really great cast so fingers crossed.

Lucy x

Thank you Bluebellgray for your gifting !

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Sandy Barton

Wow Lucy, you are a busy gal! Love your blog and IG account! I get ideas from you!

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