Making HDSLR movies in a Submarine! “Sunk” and “The Fitzroy”

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Today we've got a special treat – two movies in a submarine! The first one, “Sunk” has been shot with the Canon EOS 7D and the second one to be shot in the same sub is in its funding phase on kickstarter – and if “The Fitzroy” is anything like “Sunk” then you'll want to be involved… read on!

The “Black Widow” ex Russian Foxtrot B-39 (U 475) Hunter Killer Class Submarine. It was built in 1967 and prowled the Oceans until 1994. The submarine was used to mainly to train Libyan,
Cuban, and Indian submariners and spent it’s time playing cat and mouse with NATO. When fully
armed it could hold 22 Torpedo’s including 2 with low yield nuclear warheads.

First, let's start with “Sunk” so you'll get an idea of what this team is capable of!


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Some BTS from the Director Andrew Harmer

Short synopsis.
Trapped on a sunken submarine, the sole survivor, simple-minded Private Scunthorpe, must use all his limited wits to persuade a boisterous Colonel to send a rescue party, but just what is he willing to sacrifice for his own survival?

SUNK was written by Andrew Harmer and co-directed with Andrew Robinson, who also shot the film.

We decided to shoot on the Canon EOS 7D for a few reasons. The submarine, a Russian Foxtrot class submarine known as The Black Widow, is an incredibly tight space. Even with a single actor and minimal crew (five of us in total) it was a squeeze. The 7d’s size meant we could work and move quickly, which was ideal as we only had ten hours on the sub.

The other huge benefit of the 7d was its low light ability; again due to time we shot with practicals and just two small led lights that we could hide behind pipes or use as a quick fill light. The last advantage and not to be understated, is the cost. We made this film on a budget of sandwiches and hugs, but we are very happy with the end results… the results of the shots that is, not the sandwiches and hugs.

Sunk behind the scenes with the Canon EOS 7D

The Fitzroy

(More from Director Andrew Harmer)

My next project is a feature film called The Fitzroy. It’s a black comedy set in an alternative post-apocalyptic 1950’s. The Fitzroy hotel, a leaky submarine beached just off Margate, is the last refuge for a traditional summer holiday.

It’s again set on the submarine, but the film is much more ambitious in terms of scale and slightly more mad in its comedy stylings. Although in some ways you could watch SUNK as a quasi prequel to The Fitzroy… in some ways.

We are currently raising the budget for the film through kickstarter where you can also find out loads more about the film.

The Fitzroy Kickstarter promo:


Set in an alternative post-apocalyptic 1950’s, The Fitzroy hotel, a derelict submarine beached just
off Margate, is the last place for a traditional summer holiday.

Bernard, the hotel’s bellboy, cook, maintenance man and general dogsbody faces a constant battle to
keep the decaying hotel airtight and afloat.

But when he falls in love with Sonya, a murderous guest, he is thrown into a world of lies,
backstabbing and chaos. As Bernard struggles to hide her murders from the other guests and
suspicious authorities, the hotel literally begins to sink around him.

As his world implodes, Bernard must choose between the woman he thinks he loves and the hotel
submarine that is keeping them all alive.

The Fitzroy Kickstarter status:

The Fitzroy – James Heath, Andrew Harmer and Liam Garvo

What do you think?

I think they're doing some great stuff and I know you will think so to – so have a look at the kickstarter page and find a ‘reward' you'd like and send in some cash!


(cover photo credit: snap from the PR)


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