Festival Season!

We decided TITS UP should enter some festivals this year. We wanted to see what other content is being created and out there, and whether our voices were enough to stand out from the crowd. Pleased to say it seems so!

TITS UP has been selected so far for:

  • Pilot Light TV Fest

  • Miami Short Film Fest - official selection

  • Austin Comedy Short Film Festival - Nominated for best comedy web-series

  • Portland Comedy Film Fest

Keep updated on our festival progress on twitter @titsupseries

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2ND WEEKEND - FRIDAY NIGHT SHOOT

Second weekend - here we come! Can we get 2 episodes done in 1 night again? Oh, no we can't - because there is a HUGE traffic jam delaying the start by at least an hour. Never mind - we must work swiftly.

Episode 3 is first but it should be easy to shoot because it's just on a doorstep - no location moves. We start shooting and almost immediately we get a grumpy neighbour coming to complain. He says that his daughter needs to get to sleep at 8pm sharp and that we have to leave by then. We try to sweet talk him but he was having none of it. People are just so uncompromising - it's Friday night for gods sake!

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We battle through 5 pages worth of script in a record breaking 2 hours...God please let it all be in focus. Jamie our director jumped in for a cameo. He wanted a second take - what a pre-madonna - no time for that mate.

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We grab some pizza and rig up the producers car to act as an Uber taxi. The sliding doors look convincing! 

For the rest of the evening we drive around the block in countless circles covering all the necessary angles. There is no room in the car for the director so he had to go in the boot and watch his monitor from the place where the producers dog unusually sits.

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1:30am arrives and brings wrap with it. 5 down!! One more push...

FIRST SATURDAY NIGHT SHOOT

Saturday night. We begin with Episode 6, because it’s basically all indoors meaning we can start earlier before it gets dark.

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It’s interesting starting with a scene where an actor has to touch an actresses breasts when they've never met...I guess that's all part of being a professional! 

Episode 6 went smoothly with DOP Howard Mills working faster than humanly possible to get it shot and Jamie directing us in as few takes as he could get away with. This schedule is a nightmare!!

We had a dinner break which consisted of Chilli Con Carne dished out by Jamie -  "Oliver Twist" style along with some garlic bread. Home cooking is the way forward when on a budget!!

We wrapped in Episode 6 by 10pm which meant we had to run straight into filming Episode 1. When everyone’s pulling favours and not being paid on a shoot you can’t exactly expect them to film until dawn and make sure it’s perfect - you have to wing it. We had a shot list but that went out the window and we hoped the shots were all in focus and that he sound would be fine. No time to check the footage!

Episode 1 was when people began to lose it. Turns out Amy gets giggly when she’s over tired which is not exactly what Howard needed at 1am in the morning!

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This is a big episode with a lot of continuity of props. Making pasta, wine, plates, salad. Re-set! This was the most frustrating part of doing another take when you don’t have an art department.

We filmed Episode 1 in about 3 Hours, wrapping at around 1am. It was a struggle. It’s an awkward opening episode and it needs to be funny, but when you’re tired you lose track of what’s working and what isn’t. You don’t have too much time to play with delivery which is always frustrating as an actor and for the director. Ep 1 passed in a blur!

Obviously we paid for transport home for the cast and crew and left the washing up for the next day.

3 episodes down. Still alive. Bring on next weekend.

FIRST NIGHTS SHOOT

It’s a dark, cold, eery night in the overrated area of Wandsworth. We decided to start with filming episode 4 on a Friday night which involved just our two lead actresses. The shoot was always going to be chilly but god we did not plan for FROZEN. Note to self, next time we write a series based at night, do so in the summer!

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This entire episode is set in a park. Jamie’d scouted his local one (sounds creepy - he's not...much) and the roundabout was perfect. He says he didn’t try it out before the shoot, but we know that’s bollocks.


Our DOP was Paul Mackay who we’d managed to blag for a night away from his children for a guaranteed job on a commercials shoot coming up. Not so bad if I do say so myself.


We arrive. Our small, beautiful, mainly female crew and cast to a deserted leafy park. Excellent, no youths to attempt to scare off, because we all know we’d be to scared and just wait them out.


The night shoot began smoothly, with producer Helena constantly making everyone tea with a box of celebrations on the go. She even lent the cast her coats and scarfs, because she just happens to have an entire closet worth of spares. Weirdo.

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However, as the night progressed, the temperature dropped. Gabby, playing Sammy suddenly realised her miniskirt and one layer of tights probably wasn’t enough to keep her going. Amy couldn’t feel her toes and we knew it was raining in two hours so we had to get this episode done!


Although moral was high for the first shoot, once you get cold, and need the toilet and there is nowhere to go to the toilet things start to get tricky!

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We finished the shoot as it began to piss it down which was a good result. However by this time Gabby had almost turned blue and almost drove off with her boot still wide open with all the kit in the back. Thank god for the insurance policy.

One night down - four more to go.
 

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