‘When Life Gives You Lemons’ is an award winning short film I wrote and directed during lockdown due to the outbreak of Coronavirus. If you haven’t seen the film yet, you can watch it here.
Around the end of March 2020 the UK went into lockdown. My fiancee was writing a message for her colleagues to keep their spirits up. She asked me if I knew any uplifting quotes, all I could think about was.. ‘When life gives you lemons, make lemonade’. However, that’s too easy. So I thought about all the toilet roll shortages and it hit me.
‘When Life Gives You Lemons, Take Them, There are None Left in Tesco’.
Sitting at home during isolation, a random thought came into my head ‘What are all those zombie people who commute to work everyday doing? I wonder if they are able to cope.’ The thought of a person missing outside opening a door and closing it again kept playing with my mind.
Eventually I decided to write the script!
Here is some BTS from production.
Shooting a film by yourself, starring yourself is hard. Luckily my camera has a bluetooth option which allowed me to control the camera settings and press record with my phone. For the more tricky shots (tracking/handheld), fortunately my fiancee (who manages a beauty salon which recently closed their doors due to Covid-19) really stepped up to the call and helped me out.
Below is a little outtake which outlines the difficulties of trying to shoot a short film by yourself.
Here are a few more BTS clips from production.
After production, the editing process began. The soundtrack was actually the first thing I found that inspired me to write the script. When I heard it, I obtained the rights and I instantly knew I had to make this. I broke the soundtrack up and mixed in a few different versions of it, to make it feel like an original score.