Day 11 #TKTKM – Hazard Tape Kick Ball Tennis…with @Jack_Mcmullen and Kerron Darby

24 Apr


You can tell how well a company of actors is working by he games they create – off the ball. What I mean is that in the downtime moments, off set or off camera the games and rituals that are made can help define a project.

Here in the dance studio – which is our rehearsal room adjacent to the Green Screen Studio the actors rehearse and wait bewtween takes and set ups. It is our space and, apart from anything else – it has daylight, windows and fresh air.

I came in today – as I always do at some point in the afternoon, they all pointed out, and flopped on one of the many prop sofas in there. But this time, instead of chatting I was suddenly aware of a serious shift of focus. ‘Hazard Tape – Kick Ball Tennis’ – was now in full flow. And as you can see both Jack McMullen and Kerron Darby (Paul and Miller) are in full flow –  at 30 all.

Winner stays on – of course. But I now know that that this game is a serious challenger to the famous game of ‘wingball’ that was perfected over many tours by the numerous ‘Lord of the Flies’ casts.

Today was a long day. I felt like a teacher. Not because I was teaching. But because we were shooting the classroom scene with Mr Boyle (Andrew Dunn – who is fantastic) 

So, we had a full class of 16/17 year olds to work with in a scene that includes spitting chewing gum, shouting, mayhem and general disruption. And we had to pass this several times with multiple takes, as each row of pupils had to be shot separately. So, it is with great respect to the actors and crew that we managed to pull this off today. Hence I was very pleased to see the ‘playtime’ continuing in the form of this new and vital ‘off the ball’ game of ‘Hazard Tape Kick Ball Tennis’

In other news – the fnal shot of the day, it is safe to say that Andrew Ellis, who is playing Bates – seriously ‘cracked the scene…’

The company are working so well together and producing not only great work on the floor – but it is looking amazing on camera, and the footage and coverage we have already got looks really special when we view the assembly and rushes each night in the edit suite with Josh – who puts together the work we do each day. (He is a genius by the way)

On top of this busy day – we also welcomed into the team our stunt co-ordinator Philip d’Orleans and his stunt artists who have begun to work on teaching the actors the fight moves. exciting times indeed. Fights? yes of course. The clue is in the title. – The Knife That Killed Me…

And we are looking forward to having the novel’s author, Anthony McGowan on set next week as we shoot our 4th week into this adventure…

More later – So, come and have a go if you think you’re hard enough – as an open invitation to any of the 67 members of the cast and crew who are with us tomorrow – ‘Hazard Tape Kick Ball Tennis’ is harder than you think. We will be warming up from 8am…so don’t be late…

Game on!


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