Candice: Phil and I met in Birmingham last week for our customary writing and discussion meeting. I’d been supposed to be filming that day on BBC drama ‘Father Brown’ but at the last minute had been replaced by a bloke. I’ll be interested to see that episode as when the agency told me what I would be doing I misread the email and thought I’d be a woman in her nineties, not one in a nightie. What the chap they cast instead will be doing who knows?
Anyway, that was my second rejection in the last few weeks as I’d applied to be in the next Spielberg film, ‘Ready Player One‘, as they were filming part of it in Brum. What, Birmingham as a dystopian future American, surely not. But yes, their location scout had found somewhere that fitted the bill. This sort of thing doesn’t happen very often in the West Midlands so when I saw the ad I jumped at the chance.
Well my lack of involvement was only confirmed at 8.30pm on the night before the fitting so I was a bit put out to say the least. So when I was given a free day I thought I’d take the opportunity to go and see what the crew was up to.
I did some online surfing and found out where the crew was based – just outside the ‘jewellery quarter’. There was loads of stuff on line, the one thing the locals haven’t been good at is keeping the set quiet. I’m not sure they will come back if we can’t keep our phones to ourselves.
So Phil and I were all ready, copies of book in hand (not specifically for this but because I hadn’t had a copy with the new cover). Phil even suggested I book Monday off to get ready for the calls from Spielberg’s agent. However, when we got there dystopia had moved on!
Yep, taking to the props guys who were clearing up, they had moved on just the night before to a set under spaghetti junction, further out of town.
So out plans were scuppered and books went home in their plastic bag, but it was still cool to see them clearing up – taking the graffiti covered walls back to bare and working out how they could make a plain street look like something completely different.