We had to meet up at Five Ways station. I'd chosen the line 'Five Ways - Longbridge' because it's very calm during non rush hours and you're hardly controlled. When Courtney (cameraman) finally found the station, we asked the clerk at the counter if we could shoot in the station for a school project. As expected he said we needed permission.
We didn't see any CCTV camera, so we started shooting anyway. I'd asked Chara (actress) and Paul (actor) to come an hour later, Chara made it on time but Paul, just like Courtney, couldn't find the station. But the major problem was the train. Not as you'd expect, though. The train in which we wanted to shoot clandestinely and guerilla-wise, was too late.
Once in the train, shooting went smoothly; the coach was practically empty. I'd bought day returns so we could go back and forth as much as we wanted but one trip was enough. We needed less than two hours to shoot, including an extra trip on my own to shoot some cutaways.
Chara asked me why I named the film "7th Symphony". Hard to explain, but here's a try. I guess I saw an imagery in the background noises of a train journey (train noises, people talking, ...) being a sort of symphony (as classical music is often used as background music, in a good way). And "symphony" just sounds romantic to me... I wanted "Unfinished Symphony" first but then I didn't want to upset the Velvet Underground's fans out there... Seven often represents totalness, completeness,... so I went for 7th Symphony.
After shooting I went to the cinema. A couple joined me at the table in the cafe-bar and he started chatting to me. About the plays I was busy reading. He became very interested when he heard I was an actor. They're both from Zimbabwe. His girlfriend asked me if she could have an autograph. I thought they were joking but they were serious. "Are you doubting yourself? Why don't you want to sign an autograph?"... I said I have no doubt and yes I'll sign the autograph. Then we talked about talents, privileges, God,... and he quizzed me: what is the richest place in the world? - Erm... Africa? ...potentially... or you mean USA? - the graveyard. It's where the most talents and dreams are buried.