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John Gannaway was director and the main cameraman (and later editor) and he had also drawn the story board. Jack was on the second camera. Diggy was responsible for sound. Norman was floor manager and producer whilst I was handed the clapperboard. Bernie helped with the lighting, as did Ron who seemed to have an inexhaustible supply of light bulbs of different wattage’s and power cables. Following an appointment in London Cilla arrived a little after us lot and I introduced her to her new “husband”. The three actors then wandered off into another room at Everitt Towers to run through their lines (it was all very professional I thought). Meanwhile the rest of us completely wrecked the Everitt living room - the only things that stayed in their original places where the t.v. and the sideboard and that is only because they were too heavy I suspect! Filming actually got underway at about 3.35p.m. We found that our little band of actors liked to have a couple of run-throughs before “action” was yelled and the cameras rolled. I am delighted to relate that everything went without a hitch. At around 5.30p.m. we had a break - Ron had advised us to bring some food with us and Sheila very kindly made coffee and tea for us, along with some delicious cake she had baked. We had actually finished the film at around 9.00 p.m. and we were able to review the results of our labours. I think I can say quite confidently that we were all very happy with the outcome. John very kindly produced a couple of bottles of wine as he was clearing away his camera and the props he had brought along and very welcome it was too. Most of us were glad to partake of a glass and toast the success of our afternoon/evening’s work.On the Thursday after filming John contacted Norman to say he was well in to the editing and invited him to his home to have a look. Norman came home very impressed. We are still trying to find a good name for the film so watch this space. The film has to be in for judging at the end of October so we should be on time for that and then there is the annual day out at the North v South competition in November - in a hall in Farnborough, Kent normally hosted by Orpington Film and Video Makers. You might remember that in previous years we have met at a pub en route and had lunch and then spent an enjoyable afternoon being entertained. I feel sure our little production crew and actors will be going - If you fancy a Sunday out in November get in touch.

SECOND TAKE OCTOBER 2003.

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