Sunday, March 1, 2009

Admella Update No 5

Well my friends, we have finally arrived at the end of the filming and what a day we had! We were on the job by 8am Saturday to film Paul Barry recite Adam Lindsay Gordon’s poem ‘From the Wreck’. Paul is an excellent orator and did the poem every justice. I could hear the wonderful inflections in his voice as they changed according to the mood of the poem. We filmed him sitting at ALG’s desk in Dingley Dell.
After we finished there, we had an appointment at 11am at Carpenters Rocks with Dave Miller who is a fisherman there. Dave took us on his boat ‘Dusty’ out to the actual reef where the wreck occurred 150 years ago. Dave pointed out the exact spot that she lay trapped on the reef. We had a moderate swell (in my estimation) of 1.5- 2 metres but it was enough to make you hang on at all times. We got within 100 metres of the reef. The sea swells to greater heights as it hits the reef. I have to say it was an exhilarating yet sobering experience. I stood on the deck of Dave’s boat imagining what it must have been like for those poor people who were watching waves up to 9 metres high coming at them at around 35kms an hour. How anyone survived is an absolute miracle! We collected some footage of the sea and the reef and returned to shore.
After a quick lunch my group ‘The Vanguard’ arrived at our rendezvous point and Allan Childs loaded us into a 4WD. He got us in to the Admella Flats where we filmed the final part of the music film clip in our period clothing. It was a great moment when we finally announced we had finished. A couple of rounds of drinks at the Rocks Tavern capped off a very successful day. (Thanks Paul, Racheal and Allan for the drinks).
So, we’ve now only got 5 weeks to put all the footage into shape, prepare the DVD cover and get everything printed and produced in time for the premiere. This coming Sunday we begin.
Thanks everyone! I’ll keep you up to date with our progress and please, keep in mind Thursday evening the 9th of April.

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