3 Men and a Toilet

Shooting on “Scars” continued on Sunday as Chris, Mark and I travelled around South London looking for public toilets.

This particular scene calls for the character Mark Brandon to spend a penny in one of those automated loos. We started out by seeking permission to film with the relevant local authorities but quite who owns the toilets and therefore could give permission was proving to be tricky, and in any case even if we were granted permission for a particular site, we would take a chance on the toilet being out of order. So we went Commando so to speak and shot it guerilla style.

Our first choice location in Blackheath went down the pan (sorry) as the loo was out of order and so we moved to our No.2 (sorry again) location in Grove Park. The only problem there was that the toilets in the Borough of Lewisham are all now free and in the script we had decided that a pee would cost 10p. Luckily for us, Chris was a master of sleight of hand and was able to fake dropping the money into the slot. Any odd looks that we may have been getting from passers by were offset by the fact we were wearing our hi-viz jackets. Just as when we erected a fake speed camera, it is amazing how much latitude people give you if you look 'official'. In any case, we weren't breaking any laws - as you may know it is perfectly legal to film in a public place as long as you're not obstructing anybody or causing a disturbance. It is still better to check that where you are planning to film is in a public place to avoid any hassle on the day, for example places like Trafalgar Square and the Royal Parks in London are prohibited.

I'm glad to report that all of the shots looked good and we left flushed with success. Ok, I'll stop that now.

Stay tuned as we move into the final days of shooting in the next couple of weeks, before moving on to post production.

Thanks for reading,

Martin
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