Here is a look at the supermarket set dressing the occurred on the day of filming. As you can see, I have achieved the goal of making the supermarket look messy and over the top to match the comedic aspects of the script, and I also feel it gives the film a strong styling. The blood most certainly helps this. The aim was to trash the store but make it look real but stylised, and I feel I managed to succeed in doing that.
The office also worked well. There was a lot going on in the background, which helps the camera department have interesting visuals and makes the whole thing feel authentic. I used what was in the supermarket and added upon that, due to that helping reduce the budget and also its more convenient for time schedules to build upon what is already there, otherwise I’d have to fill an entire warehouse which there was no time for. I like the aesthetic of the warehouse, it is the place they spend the most time and I feel it holds up well to the script and its beat.
Here is the shot of the Plain Jane dolls I added into the set to drop hints at who is the killer. I wanted it to feel like it belongs on the shop floor, so it couldn’t be just randomly placed or placed in a weird way. The goal was for it to be subtle, but the lighting and framing means it cannot be seen well.
For the office, I placed the Ez Mart custom stationary on the desk and around the room. I added in plants to make the scene look more interesting, but also show how Valerie is lonely only has her plants to look after. The plants are dull too, further hinting at her personality. I added in adhesive green stripes onto the wall the break up the boring pale white walls and give it some vibrancy.
Here is the actual budget for Shopping Spree, detailing all the costs in the art department.
Here are some visual references I used in order to create a set design for the warehouse scene in the supermarket. I wanted to have tall rackings for the stock to sit on and for a dead body to be placed in. It would also make the set have more of a variety in terms of visuals for the camera department and they can play around with it. I also visualise the center of the warehouse having lots of stock, pallets, crates for the characters to walk around in and have their dialogue and scenes. I feel having the stock pilled up in the middle will fill up the room better and make it look interesting and not as bland.
I will use boxes to fill up dead space and walls. The set will be used a lot in the film as a lot of it is set in this warehouse, and due to it being set over 15 minutes, minimal locations, the places we do use need to be very interesting to compliment the dialogue, actions and keep audiences engaged.
Here are the actual pictures of the supermarket we are filming in, Bargain Buys in Aldershot. Here we can see that it adheres to my colour scheme of red and green, as well as the grey matches the workers uniforms.
The supermarket is very spacious, meaning I can play around with dead body positions and make the store look messy! It will also help the camera team with their equipment. The only thing I am concerned about is placing fake blood on the grey floors, I will have to find a way to make it not stain.
I want the shop to look trashed, people have been murdered so there would have been a struggle while this was going on. I want blood down the aisles and be slightly over exaggerated due to the script being comedic, I feel this will compliment the tone that Jade has gone for. It will give the film a stylised feel.