I would say that the net result also is it has probably cost the production in film stock and processing etc where I am covering myself. Ridiculous. After seeing Sonrisa on the first day I have had barely any contact with her. She didn't reply to my text message from Tuesday either and now it's Thursday. Total amateur hour!
Danny San, a Producer I am working with on another film, texted me the other day wishing me well. It's nice to know that people are reading the blog. So far I write it either on a laptop or my mobile phone on set and Marina puts it up on the net. The photos I shoot on set get put on later when I give her the PCM card I am using.
Yesterday was another anxious day but not an unhappy one. After me and Jade visited Georgio Armani to choose some costumes for Sark, I saw my partner in the DVD distribution company, Bluebell Films, to hand over the reigns for the time I'm away. We had lunch in Maze which was lovely.
Why am I anxious? It's simple. We haven't really got a film yet. We've got a nice beginning section, about a quarter of the film but we haven't got the crux. If the film is successful or not depends on the French part of the shoot that we start now. It is me who needs to create the magic on set and do the business. I carry that burden as lightly as possible but find it hardest when I am not actually shooting, making the film.
Anyway, we are now hurtling down the motorway towards Portsmouth. If we make the ferry, then this is the start of the adventure, the start of the journey. Earlier in the shoot I started quoting "Trust in God.." only to have my sentence finished by Steve Norris, the stills photographer and fellow Tarkovsky fan. He continued "..but tie your camel first." It's nice to not only to have a cine-literate crew but also a well read one too, Rumi being my favourite Sufi Poet. Anyway, that quote applies now also.
On the ferry now. Kate Higgs didn't make it on and thanks to that I've not got Steve for stills, Pete for the documentary and no Marina as well. Cristina did a wonderful job finishing make-up on the way travelling at 80mph down a motorway. Thanks to the delay waiting for Axle, when I got to the ferry terminal I had just two actors, the prop car and me with 10 minutes before the ship was set to leave.
When the camera arrived in the equipment van 2 minutes later along with Matt King, the clapper/loader, I got hold of Roger's light meter got Matt to set everything up and shot it myself with Matt pulling focus. I think we got it. Three shots. A car pulling up. A POV of ferry terminal and a close up of Callum reacting. Roger arrived just in time to put a pole in for the close up. Matt was outstandingly up for it. He did a great job.
Then we shot the scene on the ferry. Another rush job to get the scene in the can with England receeding in the background. It reminded me of a similar scene in Boston Kickout. There was no compromise, though, as Julie and Jonnie did some lovely stuff with her juggling etc. Along with some great early morning sea scapes I think we really got something nice.