You may remember a few months back we interviewed Ian Bonhôte at Pulse Films to talk about his upcoming and first full length film, Alleycats.
This week, we finally got a chance to get involved in the project and volunteered our little selves to be extras in one of the large alleycat races featured in the film!
Waking up at 5.30am for a 6.30am start was a major struggle, but the promise of setting out on the hottest day of the year made it all a little more bearable.
With no prior information on the shoot, we arrived at Apiary Studios in Hackney with sleepy apprehension. Greeted by a crowd of messengers outside, we made our way in and were directed straight to costume where the fun began.
We both love Halloween, in fact, we think it's the best holiday of the year! So our faces lit up when we were told that the scene was centered around a fictional Halloween alleycat race and we'd be getting full costumes and makeup which you can check out below, believe me, that witches hat was one of the hardest things to cycle in and it blew off my head and landed in the middle of the road on the way to the location, oops! Imagine the look of disbelief on the faces of commuters in the early morning rush hour...
Once we reached Red Lion Square we began filming the start of the alleycat race, the mad dash to grab our bikes, jump on them and ride out of the park. It was so much fun, sprinting across the grass, pushing and shoving our new found messenger friends out of the way, tripping over bikes and picking each other up again. After around 10 takes, we moved on to the afternoon session, filming actual cycling parts, a welcome change after a morning of running back and forth.
It was a perfect day and we're so pleased we were invited to take part. We can't wait to see the final cut and check out the parts that made the film but until then, you can check out the early teaser and more photos we took of the day below.