July 16th, 2010

That’s a wrap

Posted in The Job - Experience by 200

The Sun has a story today – I saw it on their website, honest I haven’t purchased the paper. you know it’s gonna be a good story because it contains the phrase ‘bungling cops’.

Apparently, a member of the public found some bullet casings in the streets of a derelict estate in Elephant & Castle, South London. The scene was sealed off by police whilst the matter was investigated. the following day foresnsic examinations declared that the bullet casings were from blanks.

It then dawned on officers that they had all come from the some filming which had taken place a few days ago. The veteran is a film about an ex-squaddie who turns to crime. Filming of a scene took place on the estate, with police presence, during which 1,700 shots were fired from blank-firing firearms. It seems that several of the bullet cases were missed when film crew staff cleaned up after filming was completed.

I did a few films in my time. It was fascinating stuff. You basically just had to make sure nobody gate-crashed the sets, or stopped the traffic while they shot scenes. It was amazing to see how much work went into a scene which was often just seconds long.

The last one I did was for a TV detective show on the BBC. When they broke for lunch I was invited to partake of the rather sumptious facilities. A big converted HGV housed the kitchens from which were served a fabulous array of quality food. the restauraunt was a double-decker bus.

I went upstairs & found myself sitting at a table with three actors. We were halfway through when one of the main players nodded at me and said; “I say, are you the real thing or an extra?”

Oh how we laughed.

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