Thursday, September 07, 2006

That's a wrap

Well, pretty much. The Elvington part of the shoot finished today, and we just have a couple of short scenes with Dania to film elsewhere.

It has been a pretty steep learning curve, but a very enjoyable one. Watching our crew at work has been an education, and I think I've learned one crucial thing about the role of a producer - find people who are good at their jobs, and provide the environment for them to do their stuff, then trust them. The other crucial thing is, of course, food and drink, and in that department we have been extremely well looked after by the catering staff at Elvington (thanks to a generous Angel) - I'm sure that being able to start the day with bacon butties, keep everyone supplied with coffee, tea, water, Ribena and coke all day, and have a decent lunch has contributed to the good atmosphere we've had.

As to what happens on a film set:

Some of this:

Some of this:

And quite a bit of this:

Andrew, Gali, Joe and Luke doing exteriors last night at the top; Dania having one of those "do I really have to do it all again today?" moments at breakfast yesterday; Susan and Bonnie (make-up and hair) doing Sudoku on Monday.

It's been great. Stressful, exhausting, mad, frustrating at times, but ultimately, great. I'm not going to think about the gaping hole in my current account, or even begin to imagine the pain of my next credit card bill - I'm just going to remember Richie going into make-up a modern bloke, and coming out transformed into a 1940s hero with a razor sharp parting, and trousers held up with braces; Jim giving me a hug saying "that's for the writer" when I'd almost forgotten I was the writer; Dania leaning her head on my shoulder and sighing "I'm so tired" then perking up when called onto set, and nailing a scene first time. I'm going to remember handshakes and hugs and kisses and "it's been great to work with you" and "I hope we work together again" amongst the crew as we went our separate ways. I'm going to remember that I promised everyone a party.

The question isn't "would I do this again?" it's "when can I do this again?"


Blogger Optimistic_Reader said...

Congratulations on (almost!) reaching the finishing line! It's been great reading about the production - will you put it on BBC Film Network or something when it's done? I'd love to see it.

9:09 am  
Blogger Stacie said...

Congratulations! It's surreal thinking back to the first time I read the concept and now it will be a film! :)

3:47 pm  
Blogger Mollywags said...

Well done! It all sounds terrific, albeit incredibly hard work - to say nothing of the nerve-wracking bits beforehand. Will look forward to the Premiere.
Love from us

1:12 pm  
Blogger YAC Girls said...

Well done you! Your time on the WDP made you strong enough to cope with life and all its little tantrums. We aim to send 'our' writers out ready, Rocky (I, II, III and IV) style, into the big, bad world. If anyone could cope, it would be you.
Now's the time to relax, enjoy the thought of having a lovely party. Oh, now might also be a good time to take advantage of the credit cards 0% interest deals... ;-)
Love from The YAC girls.

4:14 pm  

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