Julie Myers

Julie's Weekend

Notes for Directors


  1. Each Director will receive a section of script explaining the action that must take place in his or her allocated scene. The script will give the essential elements, but we are relying on the individual Directors to interpret the story and shoot additional footage.

  2. Within each section there will be notes about what can and cannot be revealed to the viewer. For example, in Section 1, a girl is packing to go away. The camera cannot show her face or exact body shape, but must revealed her character through the objects she places in the suitcase.

  3. We need to create the illusion that the two characters are the same throughout the whole story. This can be achieved by using props and costumes. (a box of props and costumes with instructions for use will arrive with each director before the start of the shoot). Camera angles can also be used to hide the face and body shape of the characters when necessary.

  4. Each director will be expected to shoot about 10-15 minutes of visual footage and some extra sound material. Each director will be credited with his or her section of the script.

  5. There will be a budget of £200 for each Director to cover expenses. Each director may choose whether to work alone with the actors or use a small team of friends.

  6. The quality of the video footage can vary from VHS to digital format. This will depend on whatever camera you have ready access to.

  7. The only specified shot will be the linking shot. This is the shot that joins each section together in the final edit. There is one at the beginning and one at the end of each section. For example, a cigarette offered at the end of Section 3 is taken and lit at the beginning of Section 4.

  8. Sound is a really important factor in this project. You must make sure you record all dialogue / voice-overs in a quite place. Gather as much atmospheric sound as you can. Look out for any sounds specific to your location i.e. police sirens, music, people talking, traffic, etc. etc. The sound can be recorded using the camera but you might have to record the sound a number of times to get the best quality. Although there are some scenes when a character talks directly to the camera, most of the sound can be recorded separately and edited into the footage later. If language needs to be spoken please use your natural tongue.

  9. It can sometimes be difficult to get permission to film in certain locations. And we don’t have time to get permission. In some locations you will have to behave like a couple of friends making a home movie.

  10. Please try and include as much as possible of the local scenery in your footage. We need details of local places, people, streets, bars, shops, stations, household objects etc. etc.

  11. Each director must keep a list of the shots taken and take a couple of photographs of the video being made for inclusion in the web site.