Mr Wellby’s Cross
A short film with a cast of 4 and an original script written specifically for the male lead actor, Andy Rusbridge. This is a modern drama featuring action, violence and a bare atmospheric set with a limited number of props to enhance the story. It’s a dark contemporary story about the practical implications of personal debt on an individual with a twist at the end.
The film was shot in a single day using two very similar DSLR cameras; a Canon 5d Mark 2 and a Canon 5d Mark 3. The majority of the footage was filmed on tripods but there was a small part filmed hand held. There were a total of 4 camera set ups on the day, the first 3 of which were outdoors and filmed during the morning.
The external sequences were all shot using solely natural daylight. Lighting for the subterranean crypt sequence was basic and intended to have a realistic stark quality and also create shadows. Dialogue was recorded separately on a Zoom portable sound recorder via a Rode shotgun mike and boom.
Andy Rusbridge – Mr Wellby
Oliver Grills – Michael
Angus Brown – James/Thug 1
Gareth Macleavy – John/Thug 2
Producer – Graham Egarr
Screenwriter & Director – David Price
Assistant Director – Andrzej Wawrowski
Camera Operator 1 – Martin Drake
Camera Operator 2 – Terry Sheppard
Clapper operator & continuity – Laureen Levy
Lighting/sound advisor/operator/mentor – Julian Baldwin
Boom/sound recordist - Helen Sharpe
On set editor – Jane Andrews
Stills photographer – Bob Bennett