Channel Project: Location Hunting

One of the main things we would need for our episodes would be footage of a variety of locations, both picturesque and derelict, for footage of Alpha Centuri and Earth respectively.

The director/editor and I went on a walk in the Bournemouth area to find suitable locations for filming.

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These are photographs taken from a Tropical Garden. The ecclectic mix of native and exotic fauna help make this location feel out of this world. However the fences do obscure the shot a bit so it would be best for close ups.

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This is one of the most picturesque locations we found on the shoot. Although it is quite hard to get to we both agreed that the effort was well worth it as we could get some beautiful shots during filming.

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We also found these beach huts. Although they don’t look very futuristic, they do look eerily similar and quite cultish. However they aren’t as modern looking as we had planned in the script.

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Houses like this were more along the lines of what we were thinking of. In Sandbanks there are lots of developments like this so hopefully we can get some good shots.

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Finding locations for the scenes of Earth is going to prove more difficult as Bournemouth has little areas of deprivation. However, we did find this overgrown parking lot, perhaps we could zoom into the leaves and rubble to make it look like a deserted landscape?

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Another area which might be a good candidate for the scenes of Earth would be the underpasses in the town centre. However they are usually really busy so we would have to film either late at night or very early in the morning. Early morning would be a better choice as there are not very many daylight hours this time of year.

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A good contrast to these shots would be scenes of wide open spaces and bodies of water. Although Bournemouth has many good location candidates for these types of shots, there is a rule that we aren’t allowed to film on the beach so we mist be careful on where we take our cameras.

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These shots of the Overcliff wwould be good as a type of establishing shot. However we need to do some clever editing or camera work to make the vista look as if it has two suns.

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