Well, it turned out to be two music videos and a lot more than just an extra stood in the background!!! I'd unknowingly let myself in for a WHOLE lot more...
What happened... A very abridged version:
On Wednesday afternoon, I received a phone message from Kees's boyfriend, the Silver Fox, telling me I had to contact Kees urgently regarding a video shoot!
Being a tad intrigued by this, I did so straight away and she told me she had been browsing the 'Nick Cave and the bad seeds' website (being a huge fan) and followed a link to his new band:
This is where she spotted a small link saying:
'Be in a Grinderman video! [View More]' and clicked on the link...
At 7pm, my phone rings and it's Kees telling me the production company (Factory Films) had called her and informed her we've got the part and to be in Central London for 10am!!!
OMG, I was bouncing around my house with excitement... I couldn't even eat from the excitement!
I was then calling and texting Kees, arranging the next day, but this message stood out as a particular favourite! Don't you just love it when your mates volunteer you for stuff without asking you first? LOL - Luckily I'm not shy like that!
The next thing I know, I've read my briefing and I'm off with a suitcase full of clothes at 5am driving towards London.
I met Kees at the services, just outside Reading, and I drive us to Heathrow airport, ditch my car, and we catch the tube across to the other side of London...
9am and we are on the London Underground... There's no point in hiding Kees, you're gonna have a much bigger camera in your face soon :]
The Tower of London viewed far too early in the morning :
This was our venue! A three-story rundown pub in central London, The George Tavern.
After confirming who we were at the entrance, we were rushed inside to see a mass of cablalling and equipment everywhere, loads of crew strewn about the place and saw eight other extras. We were then hurriedly told what to wear and asked to go see the make-up artist! WTF... me... make-up? :
Kees having her make-up done.... I had several sorts of powder applied with brushes and sponges and my hair done! A very odd experience, as I've never worn make-up before... Well, not unless it's a naked Sunday of course! *I jest*
Mr Nick Cave himself (the guy with his hand on his hip) and many members of the crew crowded round.
Rubbish picture, I know, but I wasn't supposed to take any at all.
This was upstairs; a very old and neglected room, but it had loads of character, so perfect for the video.
[I wasn't allowed to take photos when the band were there, but this gives an idea to how the room looked] We filmed many scenes, where I was told to walk back and forth infront of the camera, as it went in and out from the band, while others danced etc, simulating Grinderman playing at a dirty house party.
The director was John Hillcoat and he was telling us all what to do and where to look and giving us cues etc. A very nice chap to work with. (Not that I've done this before)
The cinematographer was Benoit Delhomme, a very generic French arty type who looked at me as if I was dog shit and held a light-meter at my face like I was an inanimate object.
Later in the day one of the other extras, a young American woman, got told to stand and laugh insanely for another part of the video or song.
Me and Kees even did a few "raunchy scenes" containing just the two of us... Enough said :)
I had to do a solo shoot too, which was a tad scary! They set up the camera facing some old mirrored tiles, above a bath, and I had to undress myself while they filmed my reflection!
11pm arrived and we were back on the tube, completely knackered and in shock and I landed back in my bed at 4am!
The first video we were in (for Grinderman's debut song 'No Pussy Blues') is going out on TV and Intermaweb in a couple of weeks. They are going to send me a DVD, so I'll link or post the videos when I get them.
After all this, you'll probably just see the back of head for about one second and that will be it LOL! :
[* I can't dance for toffee]
Today, I'm Most Angry About: Blindly and stupidly putting my hand into a bag, I took away with me on Thursday, to find my razor and finding the wrong end! I received three perfectly parallel cuts across the tip on my right middle finger... Grrr... Damn you Gillette and your triple blades... Boy did it bleed :[
Grrr-O-Meter Rating: 3/10
Today's Top Tip: Deter goldfish from having sex by throwing a small bucket of air over them when you catch them in the act!