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Crew

Written and Directed by

Joey Lever

Cinematography by

Tom Wallbanks

On-set sound by

Jonathan Binks

Composed by

Jascha Heidicke

Drone by

Lewis Martin

Meet The Characters

Timmy White

Timmy is 11 years old and lives in a beautiful house in the countryside with his Brother and Mother. In his spare time, he always plays with toys and spends most of his time on his own writing stories. His favorite toys are Dinosaurs, Cars, and LEGO. His Brother Carter promised Timmy he would help Timmy learn how to make Paper Planes, Timmy never grasped the concept of folding paper to form a plane and has always wanted to. A few days before the Blitz Timmy finally learned how to make a paper plane. Being young and wealthy Timmy can have anything he wants when he wants and he knows it. He gets bored very easily and never asks for anything as he doesn’t like it the easy way, he would prefer having a friend his age and play outside.

 

Evan

Evan lives with his mother and father in a small flat in London. They are very loving parents but both married too young and were not ready to grow up. Evans's best friend is Rosie the Bear a gift his auntie gave him a few years after he was Born, Its been by his side since he first laid eyes on it. Evan in his own time plays outside, rides his bike, and generally likes his to create his adventures. Once on a summers eve, Evan disappeared for 2 hours because he was hiding in the attic because of “monsters”. Evan is an own child and quiet a lonely boy but is very confident towards people; he can make friends in an instant and always keeps quiet positive towards his friends and family.

 

Sgt Carter White
and Tammy White

Carter White joined the RAF on a Short Service Commission in July 1936. He joined No. 1 Squadron at RAF Tangmere in May 1937, flying the Hawker Fury before converting to the Hawker Hurricane. Following the outbreak of war, the squadron was sent to France. On 20 April 1940, during the Battle of France, Drake scored his first kill, a Messerschmitt Bf 109. Subsequent victories over France included a Dornier Do 17 and Heinkel He 111

Tamara Was the new wife of Sgt White before the war they were a happy couple. Married young and thinking about buying a new house and starting a family. Tammy was a cook for a newly formed restaurant in the countryside and has been there for 3 years. After the death of her husband in the war. She became the manager of Cookbook and married again in 1954..

Pre-Production

Paper Plane (2015)

Timmy a child 50miles away from London is experiencing his brother leaving to fight the war while in London a small child named Evan will be in the middle of the London blitz.

 

Cast

Alexander Hemley

as Timmy

Oliver Ross

as Evan

Joey Lever

as Carter

Samantha Wayte

as Tammy

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WHY, WHEN

AND HOW?

A Short story about the inner working of a Child’s mindset during London Blitz in 1940.

Things I NEED to do to keep realism and true to the Blitiz

  • Imitation Game

  • The boy in the Striped Pyjamas

  • Fury

People say it’s hard to make a story with things you have no experience in. I was never alive in WW2, but I have known family to tell me about it or what it was like. To get a grip on what it's like I will need to go through the minds of a few storytellers. There are many films and books I could look at but I have limited myself to two. Imitation Game for the idea that there are different things in the war we can focus on other than the fighting and Boy in the Striped Pajamas for the idea of a terrible situation told in the view of children.

Influenses

Toys

One of Two problems Other than funding this project is Plastic. The first plastic based on a synthetic polymer was made from phenol and formaldehyde, with the first viable and cheap synthesis methods invented in 1907, by Leo Hendrix Baekeland, a Belgian-born American living in New York State. So most toys weren’t made from this material until after the world war. So metal and wood are usually my only option. Little boys and girls in the 1940s had much more sophisticated toys than those just a decade older. In the early 40s toys were getting more advanced, but they all had sort of a war slant to them. Guns and military-type toys were in every little boy’s hands. Girls were playing house, pretending to be mommy, feeding, and clothing their baby dolls of which they had dozens to choose from. They had toy brooms, mops, tea sets, irons, ovens you name it. If mom had it, they made a small version for them.

 

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LOCATIOn

The

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Beaumanor Hall

Leicestershire's secret World War Two listening post

Beaumanor Hall is a Victorian country house located in Woodhouse, Leicestershire. Set in 34 acres of idyllic countryside, Beaumanor has been run by Leicestershire County Council since the 1970’s and offers a whole range of facilities including;

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Our first tour

Mock-Up

While we were in the process of pre-production we did a few lighting tests to see what would work in a dark and light environment. I also read out both part the scripts in opposite environments so we can get the feel of what the shots will look like in the final film.

We also did a test of the color grade we would probably use for the film our idea was to completely know that Tuscan lights played a huge part in old households so we will need a slightly orange tint throughout the whole film.

 

For a few weeks now I have been revealing across style east midlands and I came across Beaumanor Hall. This is a Victorian country house located in Woodhouse, Leicestershire. Set in 34 acres of idyllic countryside, Beaumanor has been run by Leicestershire County Council since the 1970s and offers a whole range of facilities including;
Beaumanor Hall has a rich and varied history. Built between 1842 and 1854 by architect William Rialto for the Herrick family, it remained in their possession until World War II when the War Office requisitioned the estate. Throughout the war, the Hall was used as a secret listening station to intercept encrypted enemy signals. Leicestershire County Council bought the Hall in 1974 for use as an education and conference center.

I sent a lovely lady named L*** an email saying that I was very interested in filming on the ground! She sent me a message straight back saying it’s very hard to find days where they are free.
With a few phone calls and man of exchanging emails we worked out a few days and Tom Wallbanks (Cinematographer) went to have a look round! On the day we got introduced to about 9 rooms! All look the part in which I was wanting! Most of the rooms were more than perfect that I changed the script back to the original as I thought id have to cut some corners. On these days we also worked out shooting days. This will be there on the 7th and 9th of January! I split it into two days so we can take our time! I understand that this could be a first film for the kids so id like them to relax as much as possible! No pressure.
7th – King Richards Room In B Manor hall! This will be Daniels's day as Timmy! We will have everything for him and also supply lunch! So if he lets us know what sandwiches and drinks he likes ill get him them! The same goes for Oliver! We have a room that looks beautiful (Files of the place are attached) it's pure red and has a huge window looking out to the other side of the building! It's perfect for Timmy’s place! One the day even though only Timmy’s sequence will be shot I think both children should be there reading their lines so they can act off one another!

 

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Legal

Part one of the licence. If you have any queries I would be happy to go through it all on the phone with you but a lot of it is self-explanatory. I have attached both of the licence application forms; Alexander is with Leicestershire County Council  and Oliver is with Northamptonshire County Council. If you can complete

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Paper Work

Part three for both applications and send back to me as soon as possible that would be great. This enables each council to collate all the information they have received and process the application in enough time, as sometimes they require 10 – 21 days, and with Christmas just around the corner we want to get this completed as soon as we can ready for you to start shooting.”

The SCR

1/1

The SCR Was the first ever AM “Handy-Talky”, for the US-Service One channel xtal-operation in the range 3.5 – 5.995 MHz’s Variants -A to -F. Another part of SCR-536 is the Box BX-49, containing components for 12 different frequencies or “channels”.

One of the main problem was that the SCR wasnt made anymore. There was a Replica being sold at the time but it was too expensive. I was not willing to spend £320 for something id only ever use for one shoot.

Solution:

We had to make one. The Official dimensions of the handle talkie is 80 x 320 x 90 mm / 3.1 x 12.6 x 3.5 inch

 

Process:

To actually get this made I went to B&Q to get some MDF wood. This MDF wood will be crafted into the outer shell of the Handie Talkie. This was given to the guy from B&Q to cut in the dimensions of the microphone, which was found in a museum. We then stuck them together and drew on all the other parts, which we needed to make it look perfect. We then painted it with Glossy Paint to make it have a plastic texture. To get more parts I couldn’t find in the shop I actually broken apart of modern day walkie-talkie and super glued the antenna and button to the handle talkie itself.

My

Handcrafted SCR-536

Production

DAY 1

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The day started with me driving to pick John Baines up! He was up and ready at 8 and we set off around 10minutes past leaving Melton at quarter past and arriving at Beaumanor at 9, which was our arrival time. We spent about an hour setting up and getting all the equipment together and I was also able to go through the storyboard again with John just so we know 300% exactly what I wanted. An hour went by and John and I set up the first light sequence with me as the subject Alexander and his mother arrived shortly after. After getting the first shot all set and ready I went down to meet them both. After a short chat asking simple questions like “how was your trip” and asking about what will happen in the day we quickly gained a relationship with each other which was great. I then set Alex in position and we got the Hallway shots done. I felt like that hallway sequence went perfectly as I had a lot of space to work with and a beautiful environment to film in! All in the entire shoot went well. We encountered our first problem an hour after the second child arrived. Oliver. We set up the room scene in “King Richards Room” and it was incredibly hard to light mainly because we didn’t have any gels and diffusers so we had to use our clothes. The room looked beautiful but some objects weren’t around in the 1940s that we had to move. Other than that and a few slip-ups on set with either the camera, sound, or kids losing interest the filming went on par and I was very happy with the finished outcome. The biggest problem we had was the child council coming in and with this happening, we were an hour behind shooting once they left. I felt a little attacked, as I never knew they were coming but if it’s needed it was needed. Luckily Alexander’s Mother was willing to stay till 5 and Beaumanor was also willing for us to stay till half 5. This helped us completely and I’m very thankful. We finally had everything we ended and was time to pack up! Ready to go home get some sleep and charge up the batteries.

DAY 2

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Today was my most worrying day. At 9 pm after shooting a friend of mine who was going to play the character “Tamara” Cancelled on me. I won’t name names but it got me very worried as I only had one day to shoot. Luckily my friend Samantha Weight who’s an inspiring actor was free! I asked her to do her 1940s style makeup and sent her a lot of inspiration and I told her before we shoot at 10 I would get her some 1940s style clothes. At 8 am I went to Oxfam to hopefully find some stuff. To my surprise, I found everything within 10minutes and more. I knew this was going to be a great day. After I picked Andrew Miles up (Grip) and Samantha Weight up from the train station. We arrived at Beaumanor at 10 and just spoke about her role for a 20minutes in King Richards’s room. After doing a few practices and telling her what to say and taking a few pictures of us two together in the role. We went downstairs to the cellar to do the Sound. Now for a shot I have is a sequence where the brother and Girlfriend are arguing about Him leaving to fight for the country. Now I didn’t want to shout and scream in the hallway of Beaumanor as I believe it would be rude, UN welcoming and just disrespectful. So we did all the ADR in the basement and hope to god it would sound right on the screen. Luckily it did within the edit. This toke many attempts but we finally got a perfect audio file. (You can listen to them down below)

 

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DAY 3

Here it is the final day. For some reason when I woke up I felt like it was going to be a great day and we’d finish earlier than normal mainly because when do the actual light set up we won’t have to change it so much mainly because of the character will not move throughout the whole film. I was feeling good. There was not much to complain about this day because everything went well. I picked Jon and Tom Wallbanks up at 8 once again and arrived at the place at 9. I Told Alexander and Oliver to arrive an hour later mainly because we all knew that lighting the basement would stake a very long time. The Lights were the hardest part of the day. There were so many shadows and so many things we couldn’t light or not light because of the pillars and probs. At once we started filming. Alexander and Oliver didn’t like the place at first because it was very wary and dark. We also take the parents downstairs to show them the set and hopefully get used to seeing what we do. We all had a chat and at 1 we started filming. The shoot went well and all the angles looked beautiful. Oliver did very well as Evan and I’m very proud of his performance it just would of went a lot faster if he wasn’t such a chatterbox! Which personal I thought was lovely to have someone very interested in what we do! It just would do went faster! At lunch, I take the children to their parents and gave them food while Tom, Baines, and I did wild tracks in the “King Richards Room” and the “Basement”. After lunch, we got straight back down to filming the shoot as gain went very well we just had some light issues. At 3:30 Alexander had to go camping, which was fine as he was only reading lines so they could both bounce off each other. Before 3 we were done with Timmy’s lines. The shoot was almost over until we spent one hour on the last panning shot. It was a very hard shot to get right for Tom and Evan. Tom had to pan so slowly to keep up with Evans's timing and Evan had to remember such a big speech. They both clashed many times but by the final shot they finally both got it right. We also had the mother involved to hold a diffuser over the light. Other than that the shoot went fantastic and I was very happy with the outcome!

 

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