This time last week I was on the set of Bloody Cuts' latest instalment "Don't Move". While I still can't tell you too much for fear of spoiling anything, I thought I'd tell you a bit about the experience.
I was there as "special effects make up assistant" and was assisting the amazing and talented Millennium FX team - truly a dream come true (yes, I know how cheesy and childish that sounds.). I was also ecstatic when I saw that I was on the call sheet - a first for me.
The Millennium FX team consisted of Kate Walshe, Cliff Wallace, Tim Quinton and Simone McDonald. All of them went out of their way to make me feel welcome and part of the team and it truly was a great experience working with all of them. I honestly can't thank them enough for agreeing to let me help out and also for being 4 of the nicest people I have ever met.
Although I let Kate know in advance about my experience (which is not 'substantial'...!) I found myself mucking in wherever I could and learnt so much about the industry in such a short time, from some fantastically experienced people. I do hope that they found me helpful (and that I didn't get in their way too much!!) because it was genuinely brilliant being part of "Don't Move".
The rest of the Bloody Cuts team were absolutely top notch as well and I truly think that "Don't Move" is going to be a brilliant short. Both the Barrett and Franklin families deserve a special mention for their amazing hospitality, even for me - the crazy, inconvenient vegetarian!
On a serious note, everyone involved was absolutely brilliant and deserved a good drink afterwards. They were also some of the nicest people ever.
So I've been back at my normal office job for four days and to say that I've found it hard to adjust is a massive understatement. Made ever so slightly harder when I found some fake blood on my shoe as I wore my set shoes to work and was hit with a nostalgic pang.
"Don't Move" has been such a great experience and was honoured to be a part of it. It has always been my worry that I'd spend so much time on make up supplies, books and DVDs only to work on the set of a film and not like it - unlikely I know but still could happen. However I had a brilliant time and was comforted in the knowledge that I'm on the right track. Already the highlight of 2013. I really can't wait to be on set again - hence why it's been very difficult going back to the office.
This post has turned into a rambling mess of thoughts and thank yous - kinda like an Oscar acceptance speech - I can only apologise but will only finish with one last thank you - thank you to everyone involved in the Bloody Cuts family / machine - please stay awesome!