3 Making your film bigger than it costs
You have heard in the interview clips about how tight the budget was for Spooks: The Greater Good and, as a consequence, how short and packed the schedule was.
Next, you're going to hear more from Ollie, Clare and Simon on how they made the most of their budget to create a film that, in their view, delivered a film of scale despite the relatively restrictive budget. In the activity below, you'll get a chance to record your own ideas about how to approach this challenge.
Activity 3 Making the most of a budget
Take a few minutes to think about how you could make the most of a restrictive budget. What kind of solutions might give a film like Spooks the scale it needs to compare with other studio films in the genre, such as the Bond movies, that have much bigger budgets?
Make some notes in the box below, and then click 'Reveal discussion' to compare your ideas to the approach the team took during the production of Spooks.
Producer, Ollie Madden, Post Production Supervisor, Clare MacClean, and Production Designer, Simon Bowles, tell us about various tricks of the trade that they used to lend scale to their movie.
Transcript: Video 7 Ollie, Clare and Simon talk about the tricks of the trade
In particular, in post-production the sound design is critical, as is the music score. Another effective way to create space and variety is in the grade or the look of the film. Clare explains that they were able to provide a different look by playing with colour for different parts of the film. So, for example, there was a different look for Russia and for flashbacks. Also, the film was fortunate in having London as its backdrop. Clare and Simon explain how they made the most of the city as the signature location.