Friday, December 20, 2013

The Christie Charity

It was not our original intention when we started planning the making of our first film drama "Cry England!" to use it to raise money for charity. That was something that was decided by the cast and crew during our get together after the last scene was "in the can". Not only that, but the popular vote was to donate to The Christie Charity.
We have now had collections at two public showings of the film, the first at our premiere on 14th November 2013 and the second at the showing at the Chorlton Film Institute on 19th December 2013.
At both showings, the collecting buckets were out and we raised a certain amount of money, but we have decided to use a slightly different approach through a raffle. We are particularly lucky in as much as we have been offered some generous prizes, the not least being a painting of the Chorlton Green Churchyard lychgate by artist, Peter Topping, probably one of the most iconic structures in Chorlton, representing all that is left of what is the site of the original St Clement's Church. The total value of the prizes offered so far amounts to over £200.
The raffle tickets are currently being printed and should be available immediately after Christmas for sale until the draw at The Christie Charity on 7th March 2014.
Wouldn't it be great if we could raise our target of £2,000 from all of the collections made, for donation to such a worthwhile cause?

Saturday, December 7, 2013

Glad to be in Chorlton, fundraising for the Christie Hospital

Our short film of the Andy Crane interview can be seen on YouTube
Raising money for charity is not one of our primary objectives at Hardy Productions UK, although helping the community is.
Our film drama "Cry England!" was made to help members of its cast and crew to show their ability and skills, particularly those who are currently not in employment.
The planning started in February 2013 with a script, the filming took place in and around Chorlton from May to August, and post production was finished in October.
Our film premiere was at the BlueBox Theatre, Chorlton High School on 14th November 2013 in front of an invited audience of about 80 people. In accordance with the majority wish, it was decided to raise money during the evening for The Christie Charity, so the buckets were out on the night and funds collected.
Imagine our surprise, therefore, when we were approached by BBC Radio Manchester who told us that their presenter, Andy Crane, would be walking 25 kilometers between the Salford Royal and the Christie Hospital and return on Friday 29th November for the Christie in memory of his mother who died 30 years ago of cancer. Could we meet with Andy during his walk? But of course! And the venue chosen was the Chorlton High School, the scene of our premiere. Andy agreed to be interviewed on film by us while he in turn interviewed us live on BBC Radio Manchester.
His broadcast equipment for the the live interview was impressive, one microphone and one iPad. Soon we were in communication with Sam Walker who was broadcasting from the Christie Hospital a mile or so away. All went well to start off, but suddenly at the end of the first interview, the line went dead and the broadcast was over. Such is life.
Not all is lost as you can watch our short film, GLAD TO BE IN CHORLTON - Fundraising for the Christie which shows part of the live broadcast and has interviews with Andy Crane, Michael Thompson, Stephen Fletcher, Peter Topping and Nigel J Anderson.
We are not releasing "Cry England!" to the internet for a long while (possibly not before late 2014) but it is being shown at various venues including the Chorlton Film Institute (19th December) and the Bowling Green Hotel (used in an early scene of the film) for which a date is still to be arranged. It is also being entered into various Film and Arts Festivals nationally.
A full press release on the film can be found on our website.

Saturday, November 9, 2013

"Cry England! - the final edit

Three screens side by side
The final edit for "Cry England!" is over, and the film has been made ready for its first public viewing in front of an invited audience on 14th November 2013. This is what the film looks like in the Sony Vegas Pro 12 editing suite, across three computer screens, from beginning to end (the end being at 36 minutes and 30 seconds).
Enlargement of centre screen

It doesn't look much although you can see all of the scenes marked on the time line, the surround sound positioning for one of the sound tracks.
The picture is so wide that you can't see too much of the detail, but suffice it to say, every single scene has been put together elsewhere, rendered and then put into this final assembly. It is at this final stage that we have put in any visual effects that affect the whole scene, such as colouring for the flashbacks and dream scenes.
The left hand screen with the titles on it is the preview of the final film, complete with the 2.39:1 format (black bands top and bottom). The right hand screen shows an unedited preview of the first funeral scene, before the format was changed from 16:9 and before special effects have been added.
The overall film (apart from the titles) have also been given a colour effect to make it look more cinematic, and although not visible in the picture, this is also where most of the sound effects have been added, such as a church bell, the sound of a taxi and so on.
Premiere: 14th November 2013
Chorlton Film Institute: 19th December 2013.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Harry Goodwin, Jackie Trent and friends

We were fortunate enough to be invited to film the unveiling of a carved oak bench seat in the Precinct of Chorlton-cum-Hardy, Manchester last Saturday. This coincided with the first Chorlton Art Market as part of the Chorlton Revival.
Now the bench seat is significant, not only because it has been carved out of three large pieces of oak with a chain saw, but because it is to commemorate a very much loved and respected photographer, Harry Goodwin, who made his name in the 1960s and later photographing the stars, particularly those on Top of the Pops. Harry died recently at the age of 89, and is already greatly missed amongst a community which included in the past the likes of the Bee Gees, George Best and Sir Matt Busby.
We were delighted to interview several of Harry's old friends, including one of those stars from the past, Jackie Trent, who was at No. 1 on the Top of the Pops in 1965 with "Where are you now, my love?". What a lovely lady she is as she talked about her experiences with Harry both in the past and in recent times. The interview is now published as part of the short film on the unveiling which includes interviews with other old friends like Nathan Birks who led the unveiling, Ron Keeling who ready his poem to Harry and John Leech MP.
You can view the film at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0NNYAH50lwM

Thursday, October 3, 2013

The Challenge of Making a Film Look Cinematic!

New mountains and darker shot of McBride and Garry
In the previous blog, I talked about the challenge of the soundtrack. Since filming finished for "Cry England!" in early August, we have managed to put together what I think is quite a nice sound track, with reduced background noise, and realistic sound effects (not too many) located across the surround sound spectrum.
But what about this illusive thing of the film looking cinematic? Apart from the sound, which I have already dealt with, a major contribution to looking cinematic is camera movement, as opposed to the static shot on a tripod.
But when you are on a tight if not zero budget, unless you go for hand-held, which I hate with a vengeance although do use occasionally, the static tripod shot is the most likely method of filming.
For the last month, I have been reviewing the film edit of "Cry England!" and in addition to making subtle changes such as adding mountains to the dream scene background (compare the above still with one in an earlier blog), I have spent much time introducing subtle movement into the start of individual scenes, intermediate clips between scenes and into the scenes themselves without making it look unreal. High Definition video, provided it has a decent focus to start off with can stand a little bit of enlargement, giving flexibility to things like introducing zoom in or zoom out, and panning and tilting.
So now, having shown the film to one or two people, we have the confidence to present this film as it now is, which we hope to do publicly very soon.
The latest version of our trailer for "Cry England!" put together by the author of the scipt is on YouTube.

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

"Cry England!" - the challenge of the soundtrack

McBride and Garry during a dream sequence
The film is in the "can", the sound has been recorded, the music and sound effects have been made and selected for use.
Each scene has been created and the first cut of the film has been put together, with titles, with everything that we think we need to create the finished film.
And then comes the sound. There is the sound track recorded at the time of filming.
How odd it is that whenever we are out of doors, even with a blimp on the microphone, the wind seems to be blowing a gale! How odd it is that there are ice cream vans advertising their wares in the distance, planes flying overhead, people and children shouting nearby and cars and lorries making a procession down neighbouring roads!
Well, I think that we have coped reasonably well with all that, suppressing what we can and bringing every voice recording up to approximately the level it should be. Although our voice microphones are mono, that is not going to stop us from making a finished stereo product for the main speech track. As an example, McBride in the still above speaks more from the left, Garry speaks more from the right.
We do have additional software to work on the sound. Althouh we edit in Sony Vegas Pro 12 which is a good video editing program, we take sound that needs more attention into Sony Sound Forge Pro, and if it is particularly difficult to work with, even into Sony Spectralayers Pro. The latter has the ability to take out unwanted noise, particularly hum, background noise and the like leaving a cleaner recording. All you have to do is find the sound print for the offending noise and extract it.
But the sound processing didn't finish there.
We decided that we should present the film, particularly to our cast who will see it first, in 5.1 surround sound. That is not so difficult as it seems as long as you keep clear of the speech sound tracks, after all they are presented on screen, and sit within the screen for the most part, so stereo placed at the front of the surround spectrum should be adequate more often than not. But what of certain sound effects. There is one sound effect and voice also (I shan't say any more than that) which are particularly good if kept at the back (on the rear speakers). And some of the music, rather than sitting in the middle of the surround spectrum, may sound more appropriate in other locations, front or back.
We are excited by what we have produced which is now on a BluRay disc. We hope our cast, when they see the preview, will share our excitement, and hopefully, if we feel we can go ahead with presenting the film, others will feel the same, too!
The trailer for "Cry England!" can be seen on YouTube at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bms7oCEBc2A - release date, September / October when we hope to stage a "premiere".
"Cry England, cry!"

Saturday, August 10, 2013

"Cry England!" - Filming complete and Post Production well advanced

It has been quite a long time in the making, but filming for Nigel Anderson's "Cry England!" was completed earlier this week, approximately 4 months after it started, and now post production is well advanced.
"This is a story between two families. It is a story of mystery, love, intrigue and revenge." 
The trailer can now be seen on YouTube.
This is our first drama, and it is a first for many of the actors and crew taking part in the filming. We are all learning our way, but don't get us wrong, we are taking the production very seriously indeed, and we believe that this is paying off. It has meant that on more than one occasion, it has been necessary for us to go back and re-film a scene where it didn't really work the first time, for various reasons, camera angles, sound interference and so on.
This may sound grandiose, but we are hoping to publish the film next month, not on the internet to start off with, but at various locations around the Manchester area, initially. It is not a long film at just under 40 minutes, but we think it has an interesting story to tell. It is in High Definition, so we are looking for venues which can project it in that format.
For those involved in the making, it is project of opportunity. Many of the actors and crew have aspirations to work in the film and media industry. Some just have aspirations to work. All will have copies of the film for their own use when marketing themselves to potential employers or for potential opportunities. We may be biased, but we think the level of acting in the filming is excellent!
We would like to think of this as a community project, particularly in the Chorlton-cum-Hardy area of Manchester. As part of this, it is our hope that we will find opportunity when exhibiting the film to collect money for charity.
So if you are in the Manchester area, look out for "Cry England!" and if you can, go and see it.
Release, hopefully will be in September or October 2013.

Monday, July 15, 2013

A "Funeral" in Chorlton-cum-Hardy

The widow and the vicar prepare for the "funeral service"
Last Saturday saw the bringing together of the results of several weeks of planning, obtaining permission from Manchester City Council, discussing protocol with Creative England, making sure that all of the cast could be there on the day, making sure that we can create a convincing coffin, obtaining the flowers and so on.
I am talking about the afternoon that we were going to carry out a "shoot" in the old Chorlton Green Churchyard for our first filmed drama, "Cry England!", script written by my colleague, Nigel Anderson.
Two scenes in the film cover the funeral of "Frank", a close friend of "Garry", both of whom have served in Afghanistan. Both scenes are in flashback to complicate matters!
A beautiful set of flowers for the coffin
We have chosen an afternoon which turns out to be hot, and being a Saturday afternoon, busy with people walking to and fro between Chorlton Green and the Bowling Green Hotel (the setting for another scene in the film to be shot in a few days).
But we are lucky as everyone is friendly and no one displays anything more than curiosity as to what we are doing. We are happy to oblige by telling them. Some stay, some walk on.
We have our own gathering, with a total about 17 people (more than we expected), including cast, crew and extras, friends and relatives who have kindly agreed to come along to support us.
"Ben" (Stephen Fletcher) watches the preparations for filming
We have two newcomers to the team, Frank's "widow" played by Audrey Holliday, and the vicar played by Gareth Preston. Their task is not an easy one, acting in public amongst a team who have been working together for several months and know each other well.
But, don't worry, the widow and the vicar step up to the mark with no difficulty at all! The widow has the unenviable task of having to slap the face of the wife ("Tracy") of her late husband's best mate, a task that she performs well, much to the astonishment of the congregation around the coffin! We won't tell you how we did it, but suffice it to say that "Tracy" (played by Nell Cooper) comes away with a "sore" face which looks pretty convincing on screen! No humans were hurt in the making of this film!
"Tracy" (Nell Cooper) and "Garry" (Chris Burton)

In the second of the scenes which appears much later in the film, the congregation is standing around the coffin when the vicar announces that we are going to sing "Jerusalem", a wonderful hymn for a funeral on a hot Saturday afternoon.
It is fair to say that the congregation and film crew give a rousing rendition of the first two verses ... twice! You can never be sure that one take is enough!
The rest of that scene takes place in different spots within the Churchyard after the funeral is over and the congregation has dispersed.

So, how did we bring it about?  It was quite taxing.

We had to identify a suitable location. The Chorlton Green Churchyard, formerly the site of the original St Clement's Church, seemed ideal but who is responsible for it? Here, we are indebted to the help of the Rev. Ken Flood of the current St Clement's Church who advised us that it was no longer the responsibility of the Church, but he thought it was managed by Manchester City Council. He suggested we contact the Chorlton Ward Coordinator, which we did, and who was very helpful indeed.
"Elspeth" (Jane Cheshire) and various extras await their call.
After explaining what we were planning to do, she and a colleague couldn't seen an issue with what we were proposing and wished us good luck!
The Council put us in touch with Creative England who were able to advise us on protocol. And they also checked, rightly, that we had the appropriate Public Liability Insurance, which we have.
So, with the location established, we had to think about the props.
What about the coffin? This seemed quite a challenge indeed. We knew that we could drape a large Union Flag over it which together with the flowers would disguise that it wasn't a real coffin. We had checked to see what sort of price a "cardboard" coffin might cost. Locally, we could obtain one for about £90. Since this is a "zero budget" film, we had to make one as cheaply as we could.
We started by going to the garden shed to take out various bits and pieces of wood, old wooden sheet and cardboard in the hope that it could be assembled into the right shape. After two days of hard work, it was a disaster! And then we had a bright idea. Why not go to Staples and buy something from which we could assemble a shape that looked like a plain coffin?
A still from Scene 2 just after "Tracy" gets a slap! (flashback)
I shan't say what we actually used, but it worked a treat. It could be put in the car flat to transport to the location; it could be assembled in about 10 minutes and dismantled after filming in just about the same time!
One child asked if it was a real coffin and whether there was a real person inside!
The set took about an hour to create so that we were ready to film. The first shot was filmed from our jib, with our camera mounted on a motorised pan/tilt mechanism. With this, we could start with the camera facing the flag at the foot of the coffin, and gradually rising to reveal the vicar and congregation in the middle of their service.  It was very colourful and effective, except that both scenes are in flashback, and the colours will therefore appear drab! For the rest of the shoot, we used two cameras simultaneously to achieve different angles of the same scene. Sound recording, as ever, was through a separate microphone and digital recorder, and being close to the pub, the blimp with "dougall" on it was invaluable to keep unwanted noise at bay.
We were there in total for about 5 hours, working in three different parts of the Churchyard, until it was all over.
Having packed up and left the Churchyard in the state as we had found it, if not better, it was time to go off to the Bowling Green Hotel next door for a well earned drink after what had been a thoroughly excellent afternoon!

Friday, June 21, 2013

Strider British Balance Bike Championships 2013

History doesn't repeat itself, or does it?
The Strider British Balance Bike Championships resumed on Sunday 16th June 2013 at the Gosport BMX track, and what an event it was!
Have a look at our film on the Strider YouTube Channel.
I don't know whether it was our imagination, but Strider racing just got more determined for the various children competing, of ages ranging from 2 years old up to 5 years old. And the event seemed to get faster and faster as we passed through the various heats.
As before, we were asked to produce a short film of the event and for this, we agreed to use a similar format to that which we used for Merton, 6 weeks before, with plenty of action! This was not difficult to do since some of the children are so adventurous, they are able to throw their bikes into the air (aged 3?) and ride with their feet in the air also. This is no mean feat when you have two wheels but no pedals!
There were clear winners in all of the age groups, two local children winning the 3s (Callaghan) and the 5s (Jack), and one Norwegian (via Manchester), Alexander, who had already secured a place at the Manchester finals in September when competing at Merton. And not least, Troy won the 2s!
The next event is at Gravesend on Sunday 21st July 2013.

Friday, June 14, 2013

"Cry England!" - a short drama in the making.

 "Cry England!", written by Nigel Anderson, is our first attempt at a drama, and I guess that we had little inkling about what we were taking on!
We are fortunate that despite this being a "no budget" film which will have a length of about 30 minutes, we are being supported by the likes of Charlie Allen and some very able actors of all ages, who are involved with Charlie's acting class, set up in Chorlton in the Autumn of last year.
Members of the cast have variously been helping out, not only by acting, but also by keeping an able eye on continuity, holding the microphone on its 10ft boom, listening to the sound while it is recording, and keeping a wary eye on such things as shadows being cast across the actors' faces!
Much of the filming has been carried out indoors, which is not always very easy where space is limited, for instance in the bedroom or the bathroom. For a bedroom scene we had four lights, two cameras and sound equipment set up as well two actors, someone recording the shots and a cameraman having to operate the two cameras at the same time!
Outside is easier, so you would think, but when we filmed in the garden on a Sunday afternoon, we had children, animals, aircraft and ice cream vans to contend with. When we were filming in Chorlton Meadows in what we thought was a relatively secluded but reachable spot, it was amazing just how many walkers, runners, cyclists and riders on horses came by, and small dogs wishing to be played with. It was all good natured, and amazingly, noises off and intruders on screen were for the most part avoided, probably down the directional shot gun microphone that we use and clever cutting!
Before finishing this blog, I must say a word about the performance so far of our largely amateur, but coached (by Charlie) actors. We are really very impressed with what they have all produced so far. Credit goes to them and credit goes to CharlieCreative for giving them the confidence and understanding of how to act in a film such as this. Well done!
We are only half way through, and we are well aware that when it is all in the can, there is still much to do and a film can be made or broken in the cutting room. We are hoping to make our own music soundtrack with the help of one of our cast, hopefully matching the atmosphere of what is a relatively mysterious plot.
So when do we hope to release the film? We think it will be in the Autumn, and depending on how good the finished film is, we would like to enter it into a competition or two.
And who knows, someone might like it so much that they will ask us to make a film with them on something more than zero budget!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Making The Cameron Foster Foundation corporate video

View the film on YouTube
 "Sound running .... camera one running .... camera two running .... action!"
We are at Robin Park running track, Wigan, at 3 o'clock on a sunny May afternoon, starting the filming of a short corporate video for Cameron Foster, just about to be 18 years old, and very focused on raising money for sports for children with disabilities. This is what The Cameron Foster Foundation is all about.

It is windy, so we have a shotgun microphone inside a blimp, perched on the end of a microphone boom, linked to a portable 4 track digital sound recorder. It is our habit to record the voice through this type of arrangement when out of doors, to be synchronised with the camera sound tracks afterwards. We have two cameras set up, one on a standard tripod, static, which can catch Cameron's profile while he speaks. The other is mounted on a jib (the first time that we have used this for a film production), the jib arranged so that it can raise the camera from ground level up to face level in a flash as Cameron walks towards it at the start of filming. This will help with the first shots of Cameron and will be mixed with other shots of disabled children on bikes at a session immediately after the filming, named "Wheels for All". Some of this is filmed using our GoPro HD camera mounted on the handlebars of Cameron's bike. We have clips also which we took last year indoors at Robin Park of one of Cameron's coaching sessions.
The whole purpose of this corporate video is to allow the viewer to meet Cameron, to hear about  the Foundation and to see first hand what he does to help disabled youngsters as well as raise money for them. To date, he has raised around £30,000 and has ambitions to go much much further. Further information can be found on his website at www.cameronfoster.co.uk.

View on YouTube.

Tuesday, May 7, 2013

Strider British Balance Bike Championships 2013

Merton BMX Track
The Strider British Balance Bike Championships have started for 2013 with the first of the events at the Merton BMX Track on Sunday 5th May 2013.
We at Hardy Productions UK are proud to have been asked to film all of the Championship events for Strider this year.
Ashton Heron winning the competition for the 3 year olds
Competing at Merton BMX Track were over 100 children (ages between 2 and 5) on their Balance Bikes. Winner of the 3 year olds was Ashton Heron who is the reigning UK Champion who went to Florida last October to represent the UK in the World Cup championships. Will he be there again next October?
We have completed a first rush (preview) for the press of the Merton event and this can be found on Strider's YouTube Channel.
The full version of the Merton event can also be found by clicking here.
There are four other events in June (Gosport), July (Gravesend), August (Birmingham) and September (Manchester, including the finals). You can find more information on this at www.strideruk.org.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Making a Screentest in the back garden

Last Tuesday afternoon saw us in our back garden setting up for a screentest for a young actor who is expected to take a part in a short drama, "Cry England!" that we hope to start filming in May.
So here we are, laying the track across the grass so that we can move the camera smoothly. The sun is shining for once and it is relatively warm. The camera is soon in place on its tracking dolly, the actor, Stephen, is also in place having rehearsed his lines, and we call "Action!" .
Stephen starts to move towards the camera while the camera is moving backwards in perfect unison ....
How is it that immediately that "Action!" call is made, the world comes to life? 
The dogs next door start to bark, an aircraft decides to take off from Manchester Airport, 4 miles away, and the wind starts to blow.
Now, this is not an ordinary wind. It seems to want to build up to gale force! Despite our wind muff and 'dead cat' on the highly directional microphone, it is not enough, and we have to stop until things have died down.
Fortunately things do die down, the call for action is made again and the wind starts to blow. Is the weather listening? Or what?
As it happens, for the two short scenes we were rehearsing, we did get sufficient in the can to be able to put something together fairly respectable afterwards.
And, as for Stephen, he is quite unrecognisable after we made him take off his glasses and hold a (fake) cigarette. Well done, Stephen, for playing a totally obnoxious young man far from his normal character! Let us hope that the right person will see it and it will help him to get work as a budding young actor.........
And now the screentest ......

The photos are HD stills taken from the Screentest - click on them to see them at full frame size.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Filming a short drama in a front room

Imagine the scene.
It is a cold afternoon in late March with unseasonal snow outside. It is far too cold to be outside for any length of time. Four people are there who have come together to make a very short teaser film based on a script written by one of those present. We have an HD camera set up on a track, we have a microphone on a boom and we have lights.
Two people are in front of the camera, another is directing and another is operating the camera.
Three hours later, having set up several camera positions, and after a lot of takes, we have 30 minutes of film in the can, which we can view as rushes on the TV there and then.
This is how we came to make a short teaser called "Cry ENGLAND", written by our colleague Nigel Anderson, acted by Nigel and by Chris Burton, both seen in the picture from left to right, and me behind the camera, directed by Charlie Allen, a professional actor and coach - a multi-talented guy.
We are hopeful that this short session together with the editing the next day down to less than 90 seconds (11 lines of script) will be the seed of a small group of like minded people in the Chorlton cum Hardy area of south Manchester to start making short dramatic films of a high standard, for enjoyment and for entry into the likes of competitions.
If there are others in the south Manchester area who feel that they would like to get involved, you can contact us through our website.

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Adding to our filming resources

Any organisation has to speculate to accumulate and Hardy Productions UK is no exception.
In the past month, we have acquired a Tripod Tracking Dolly and a Jib (see the camera mounted on the jib in the picture right), both designed to enable the camera, when in operation, to glide or fly, horizontally, vertically, diagonally, smoothly. With the track, the present distance of travel is 5m (16ft).
After all, who keeps any shot steady for any length of time these days!
We are now in the early stages of testing the equipment out and hope to show examples of what it can do over the coming weeks.

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Strider have 2013 events planned out!

If you have a child between the ages of 2 and 5 and want to join the "Balance Bike Revolution", put a few dates in your diary for UK World Cup events in the UK from May through to September.
 
The following dates are set:
  • Merton, London - Sunday, 5th May 2013
  • Gosport - Sunday, 16th June 2013
  • Gravesend - Sunday, 21st July 2013
  • Birmingham - Wednesday, 21st August 2013
  • Manchester - Sunday, 22nd September 2013 (qualifying events and national cup final).
Hardy Productions UK are privileged to have filmed the two Manchester events in 2012 for Strider, one of which you can view above. Further information can be obtained from the Strider site at www.stridercup.org.

The Cameron Foster Foundation

Cameron Foster at the Imperial War Museum North
As you may have surmised from these blogs, we have for a while provided support to young Cameron Foster in his bid to help youngsters in particular to lead a more active and sporting life.
His latest venture for which we have helped him by making a short advertisement is a dinner at the Imperial War Museum North, on Salford Quays, to launch The Cameron Foster Foundation. The dinner takes place on 13th April 2013, so if you are going to support this event, you need to buy tickets soon!
Further information on the Foundation and the dinner can be found on Cameron's website.
We had fun making the film both inside the museum and outside where it was blowing a howling gale at the time. The gale was so fierce that we could hardly stand up, even in a so-called sheltered spot. Not surprisingly, even with our highly directional microphone with wind shield, we could not achieve clean sound and resorted to using another recording of his voice for the outside shot! It worked quite well and I would be surprised if anyone will have noticed if they had not known that the sound had been dubbed!