The location was the beautiful Richmond Hill Hotel on the edge of Richmond Park. This is the location we will be using for the actual Reply To All short film shoot, and the one I had in mind when I wrote the script. It is also very popular with weddings, so I felt it had the right vibe for our wedding-based film.
For those that don't know, the hotel overlooks a stunning vista across The Thames towards Twickenham. It was made famous by a landscape painted by JMW Turner - so much so, that the view is the only one in the UK to be protected by an Act of Parliament. This is the view you can see behind Tracey in the final pic.
(The footpath you can see behind Tracey is a personal favourite of mine too - I use it for hill sprints. It is exactly 200m from the bottom of the hill to the bottom of the steps - and a punishing 200m it is too! I'll try and do 3 consecutive ones before jogging home on my legs of jelly, absolutely spent. My PB is 37 seconds - which is about double the time it takes Usain Bolt to do a flat 200m. I often wonder what time he would clock for the hill).
Anyway, back to the shoot. After being beautifully made up our Hair & Make-Up artist Cat Corderoy, we put Tracey through her paces as Becki. Our Illustrator Jeremy Hay was Photographer for the day - directing Tracey through a variety of distressing poses before braving the raw 5C temperatures for the hill shot you see. Tracey was warmed somewhat by the kind well wishes from passers-by, who understandably assumed that she was posing for pics on her actual wedding day.
Jeremy got some great shots, which I will share as soon as they are uploaded. In the meantime, please do check out my 'unofficial' shots below.
Consider them as a kind of 'Making of The Making of...' gallery...