Location Filming at the Ipswich Transport Museum: Class Heroes Day 2

As I continue my indie film making odyssey to create dramatic trailers for the Class Heroes thrillers, I've realized how difficult it is to write about my experience while actually managing the production.

It’s been a while since my last blog entry and that's not because I've been sitting around with my thumb up my bottom. Goodness, no. Not just that. For the last four weeks I've either been planning shoots, arranging location permissions, organizing actors, juggling schedules, logging footage, getting musicians, and trying to squeeze in some editing.

Jessica Rowbotham on the set and on the bus for the Class Heroes trailers

It’s a full time job in itself and if you're planning on making your own film, don't underestimate how much effort it takes.

But it is just soooo much fun! I've absolutely loved it. That's due in no small part to my cast, crew, and the people who have helped me along the way. Which brings me on to my next location: the Ipswich Transport Museum (on the site of Old Trolleybus Depot).

Those of you who are familiar with Class Heroes will know that book 1 A Class Apart begins with Sam and James on a bus with their school friends. The bus gets blown up, Sam and James survive - but only just. So if you were making a movie with zero budget, how would you dramatize that?

I've got some footage of nice red buses from my London shoot, but I needed bus interiors. How lucky then that my home town has a museum chock full of buses, and is run by a team of volunteers who are helpful, enthusiastic, and just couldn't do enough to help me.

Alan Russell, one of the volunteers, is a true gentleman in every sense of the word. I was fortunate enough to be introduced to him via friend, and he went out of his way to provide everything we needed.

We were given two buses to film on and as much time as we needed. It must have been a bit disconcerting for the museum when they saw a group of lively teenage extras filing onto the buses - but they just let us do our thing.

The shoot went perfectly. Great performances from the actors and such a laugh on set. Once again, full credit to Luther Lucas (James Blake) and Jessica Rowbotham (Samantha Blake)

I'm not sure what some of the volunteers made of the shouting and lurching from side to side that my actors were required to do, but they indulged us and let us get the shots we needed.

Luther Lucas, Jessica Rowbotham at the Ipswich Transport Museum

I have to say, the jokes and the conversation between some of the cast isn't really repeatable. The photo of a dog on a certain person's phone will haunt me all my days!

So that was that. Footage in the can. Time to move on to the next location.... But first, have a quick look at the museum from the footage I took on my phone when I did a location recce.

If you live in Suffolk and you want to visit somewhere fun, different and that will fascinate children, please do check out the Ipswich Transport Museum.