|Journal #5 Wingnut Break In and the Producer Calls|
| There was a different guard at the Wingnut studios gate today.
I told him that I had letters to drop off. He offered me a seat in the guardhouse and called for a runner. He explained that no one but staff were allowed past the gate. It is only the first day of shooting and they'd already had a break in. A photographer had cut the fence and taken shots of one of the Lord of the Rings sets.
"That's awful," I said becoming angry. Who dared disrupt the making of these films? I scanned the length of fence surrounding the studios, ready to stop all those of mal intent.
The guard finished his story then asked me how I thought Kiwis compared to Americans.
"Much more friendly," I said without reservation.
"Yeah?" he said sounding surprised. "Well, it's a small country, chances are you're related to the next bloke. So you best get along." Then he smiled and offered me a piece of cake.
Later I rang Wingnut. I was put straight through to production.
"We're fully crewed as of now, but I suggest you ring again as things could change at any time."
The waiting game begins...
| Back at the Mermaid I spoke with a woman who suggested I buy a copy of On Film, (NZ film industry magazine listing current productions), to see if there was anything else I could work on until there were openings on LOTR. On Film mentioned a new production called Ivanhoe that will be shot at Avalon studios starting in November.
I immediately called Avalon. Not only did I get their mailing address, but also the name of the producer of Ivanhoe. First thing in the morning I'll drop my CV in the post.
| Wednesday October 13th, less than 24 hours after I sent off my CV, my phone rang.
"Is this Lichen June?" asked a confidant male voice.
"Yes, this is Lichen."
"You think you're a dark knight?" It was a challenge but there was amusement in his voice.
"Dark knight?" I returned, looking for a bit more information.
He laughed, then spoke quickly and clearly.
"This is Dave, the producer with Ivanhoe. My partner in crime, Alan, and I are very impressed with your CV and letter. We would like to meet you. Would you have time to come into the studios for an interview tomorrow morning?"
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