For term two in the second year of my course at The London College of Fashion I was asked to produce a short fashion film. Like many of my classmates I hadn’t explored the realms of film all that much and so as the term approached I grew nervous and hesitant about creating my own film from scratch. Since my class is made up of both talented photographers and stylists, we were encouraged to choose one field or the other. Despite focusing on styling this term I was desperate to learn about film making so I chose to do both the styling and filming as well as the editing in post production. Needless to say the stress of last term was very much self inflicted.
I came across a great deal of challenges whilst making The Wendy House but I am extremely proud of the way I overcame each and every obstacle. Out of all of my creative projects this has taught me the most and the skills I have developed through hard work, adapting to changes, organisation and technical practice will certainly aid me in the future.
This project was also the most challenging. Before the start of term I didn’t know how to put the camera into movie mode and I’d never even looked at film editing software. Apart from cinematography analysis and the odd storyboard for Media and Film Alevel’s, film making was a completely new field for me. I turned to lynda.com for lessons on how to use Premier Pro editing software which was fantastically helpful. The online lesson took over 9 hours but it was worth learning every aspect of the programme. Whilst there is still a lot I need to learn about filming, this project has really got me excited about fashion films and I can’t wait to practice more.
I sourced a lot of the props from my local charity shop St. Margaret’s Hospice
in Somerset. The beautiful vintage jewellery, faux-fur bolero, gloves, gold tea-spoons and vintage atlas all came from the shop so a huge thank you to them for their support. The film was shot over three days at the magnificent Barrington Court.
The grand stately home and formal gardens couldn’t be more perfect for the film so a big thank you to the team there!
My main inspirations for my film were Sofia Coppola’s ‘Marie Antoinette’, Pride and Prejudice, Coco before Chanel and The Duchess. It was important to me that the film was visually beautiful, with each frame being rich in stunning visuals and enchanting details.
I had so much fun working alongside my family (thank you Grandma, Grandad, Mum and Zoe!) and it was an honour being able to capture the beauty of my home town in Somerset. I also loved being able to express chic elegance through the styling, location and art direction. I can honestly say I have given this project my absolute all and to finish with something I am proud of is a fabulous feeling. I’m so glad I have finally experienced all the wonders of film making and I encourage everyone who has access to a camera to have a go!
‘Wendy House depicts the mundane life of a trophy wife. She spends her days wandering grand corridors, picking through diamonds and entertaining her decaying mental state. She dresses lavishly with little awareness of value and decorates herself like the doll she is treated. Despite her excessive display of wealth, she is rarely seen with a smile and yearns for a much different life.’
Director, videographer, editor – Jenna Roberts
Stylist and Makeup – Jenna Roberts
Cast – Zoe Roberts
Music – Ben Hayter (benhayter.wordpress.com)
Special thanks –
William and Janet Walters
St Margaret’s Hospice charity Shop
Matthew and the team at Barrington Court
I really hope you all enjoy my film and I hope to be posting more in the future 🙂