And the Beat Goes On – March 2012

This month saw the Ace Films production Tamla Rose begin filming. More about that in a minute, but first I want to mention what I did on 2nd March. I walked on FIRE! Really, I was a bit of a sceptic beforehand, but my brother and I walked across burning hot coals to raise money for the Stroke Association. We raised a decent amount and came away with only a few blisters, but they were worth it. I never would have thought I’d be doing that, but we just thought, why not do something different?

clapperboard with promotional postcard

Anyway, back to the main event, Tamla Rose. The story follows three girls, who make up a vocal group. Each of the three actresses has a very distinct look and we made the most of this by breaking down the script into scene days and giving each actress a different make up look for each day. At first this seemed a good idea, but after the first few days, continuity started to catch up with us and we realised that we didn’t have much time to be changing make up between each scene. The rest of the crew were patient with us though, realising that one of the appeals of this film is the beauty and image of the lead actresses. I’ve never before worked on a film where we were allowed so much time to do hair and make up and still we struggled to have them ready on time. That’s not entirely our fault though, the amount of food and drink provided for breakfast each day meant that the cast generally weren’t ready to begin make up until they’d been there at least 40 mins!

Due to the nature of the storyline, we filmed in a few different bars and clubs in Liverpool, as well as some theatres in the surrounding area. It’s rather strange filming in a club, in the daytime, when its closed to the public, knowing you started your drinking days there aged 16, too long ago to write about here!

the ‘Tamla Roses’ with their manager

That may be the thing I love most about filming, that every day is different. Different locations – I’ve seen so many weird and wonderful parts of the north west since I started out a few years ago, different people – everyone’s approach to film making is slightly different and different expectations. It’s always good however to turn up on a job and see familiar faces: Jan, organising everything so efficiently yet totally realistic in her approach, Joe and Lesley, ambitious but very kind and Colin, with his wicked ability to make me laugh just as they’ve called for silence on set. It’s great to work with you guys again. Hopefully it won’t be the last time.

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