Tuesday, March 17, 2009

6th Admella Update

G’day folks, I have taken the step of changing the date for the premiere from Thursday April 9th to Wednesday April 8th, simply because I know some will want to head off for Easter hols on the Thursday night. I hope this fits in with everyone. If you can’t make it to the premiere, there will be two screenings of the documentary on Sunday the 26th of April during the Wehl Street Theatre’s open day (one at 10.30am and the other at 2.00pm).
Tomorrow Rob T and I start the editing process.
If any actors still have in their possession any period clothing from the filming, could you let me know so that I can collect it up please? Thank you! I will be returning all of the clothing to the owners in the next week or so.
All the best

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.