FRANKS GREAT PRAGUE ADVENTURE
First written 23 July-00
"Set At Night"
"Set At Night"
The opening shot of From Hell takes place at night on the Whitechapel set. The shot runs for 3 script pages without a cut. It sets the scene for the film by showing us what life was like on the streets of the East End of London in 1888.
COMMERCIAL STREET FROM THE STEPS OF WHITECHAPEL CHURCH
THE 10 BELLS PUB AND FOURNIER STREET (STAND-IN DRESSED IN CONTEMPORARY CLOTHES)
The shot is done with a Steadicam. It starts with John Ward, our Steadicam operator on a platform on top of an Arriflex crane. The crane comes down the face of a building, revealing 3 floors of windows, each showing a tableau of day-to-day life in 1888. When the crane lands, John walks down a set of stairs. He crosses through Goulston Alley, past the Gin Palace onto Commercial Street. Then the camera finds Mary Kelly (Heather Graham) and follows her across the street, past the 10 Bells Pub, down Fournier Street into an alley, where the shot ends. If you want to know what happens to her when she enters the alley, you'll have to see the movie!
JOHN WARD AND HIS STEADICAM RIG ON THE CRANE AT THE TOP OF THE STAIRS
SOME A.D. THEY HIRED TO CUE THE BACKGROUND ACTION ON THE 3 INSIDE FLOORS
ALBERT AND ALLEN CONFER WITH SUSAN LAMBIE, SCRIPT SUPERVISOR
We would like to show you pictures of how the shot looked while we were filming, but, alas, we were too busy recording the sound. Robbie Baumgartner, our Gaffer and his electric crew really worked hard to light such a large area. After the mandatory Czech nightly rain shower made a Special Effects water wet down unnecessary, we shot until the Directors were satisfied and then went home at dawn to sleep.
LOBSTERLADY AND FRANKIELOB POSE WITH PROP FROM THE HUGHES BROS. CREAMERY, A STOREFRONT ON THE SET
Gosh, they look tired! Thats all for now. Well be back with more when we are back with more!