"Nocturne was an ambitious first film to direct as it required the creation of a bygone era of Edwardian England. We shot on location in Leicester, making use of its historic stone cobbled streets for the external scenes and using an Edwardian terrace house to shoot the interior scenes. Props were key to add a sense of historic realism, in particular the use of clocks and pocket watches, which were integral to the storyline.
The professionalism of the cast helped bring to life the challenges of the script, such as the Edwardian dialogue and a pivotal scene which was acted entirely in mime. Philip Hughes as the watchsmith created a performance both quirky and edgy, and Lexy Howe delivered a subtle performance that embodied the character of an Edwardian seamstress.
Filmed in high definition, Trevor Hughes and Claire Barker created a look and feel to Nocturne that is both historical and surreal. The dream-scene in particular required very precise lighting setups, and the Frame on Frame team met these challenges with skill. Arun Rama Varma brought his experience from Bollywood films to record the sound on Nocturne, capturing both the location sound and dubbing in post production.
The final piece to the puzzle was provided by Frame on Frame in post production. Trevor Hughes worked tirelessly in the editing suite to condense the hours of raw footage into the 12 minutes of Nocturne. The overall result is a film which aims to capture the imagination of the viewer and invite them into the world of the watchsmith."