Last meeting prior to filming with Chris Tandy and Viccy Harrison,
the producers of SMart, to discuss the last details-like wearing
the TV Swansong T-shirts, etc. Georgia and Karen from the TV Swansong
crew are there too.
Lizi from SMart arranges for materials (containers, clay, glitter,
paints, brushes, sequins, beads, etc) to be left behind the wheelie
bin, as I am at work.
Sand and plaster delivered.
Make sure that all materials are in place for the kids. Last thing
I have to get are plastic containers and lunch/snacks for the
Etta, Piraveen, Yathu, Thanu, George & Alfie. The 'Kids' participating
in the segment being filmed for CBBC's SMart arrive. They are
due to arrive at different times from 11:00am-2:00pm to make their
projects, as they wouldn't be able to finish them in the time
they are given on the actual filming day. I attempt to have each
of the 6 kids make all three of the different versions of the
project: sandcast homage portrait, plaster relief drawing and
hand print. George and Alfie's parent Jo and Dominic are invaluable-helping
set out the paints, wash the plaster panels, etc. etc. etc...
Set up the exhibition (of my work) for the SMart filming with
the help of Mel. Make sure that the gallery is in good showing
order-paint, tape, clean, etc. as needed. Sort through all of
the concrete hand print panels (120 of them in total, only 9 can
be shown) to be placed in the garden. Unpack all of the Liverpool
and Everton Football tiles (44 ceramic tiles), select some drawings,
select which of the 10 'David' paintings will appear-portraits
of Cassidy, Beckham, Lynch, Bowie, Jones & Lee Roth selected-all
painted on black velvet. Then install it all....
Finish hanging the exhibition. Make sure that all of the kids
projects are as complete as I am able to make them. Take the panels
out of the containers that need to be removed, or plaster mixed
and filled...Clean the house in preparation for approx 15 people
to be traipsing around. Mop the bathroom! Shop for biscuits, tea,
coffee, juice for everyone for the filming.
Everyone is due at the house around 10:00am. It's class picture
day at my daughter's school, so we are there from 7:55am, outside
class 12, so that the kids can get their pics taken since they
wouldn't be around later for the regular posed shot. Home by 8:45am
to tidy up breakfast things, etc. 9:00am Nina arrives to do the
filming of the film crew (fly on the wall). Bob takes photos.
From 10:00am onwards people are arriving. By the time Kirsten
O'Brien (the SMart presenter working on this segment) arrives,
most of the children working with her have arrived and everything
is in full swing.
The day goes
amazingly well. All of the filming has fit into a natural light
time frame. Everyone is nice and helpful. Lizi also agrees to
participate in the project (she is one of the four presenters
who work on SMart, as well as the researcher). It turns out that
Lizi is a fanatical Cliff Richards fan. Fantastic. I am very impressed
by Kirsten. She not only has an amazing memory for repeat takes-making
her lines seem fresh every time she says them, but also by her
tireless humour. She conscientiously paid attention to each of
the kids, as well as being incredibly professional and kind. She
was brill. I was interviewed, and where I loved every second of
the filming managed to answer every question differently for each
projects looked fab. They were all hung in the gallery for the
final take. "The young up and coming artists". The kids were great.
For them there was lots of waiting around and not eating when
they were hungry, but still enjoyed the day. When they were finally
called upon to do their stints in front of the camera-they were
collected by a car at the end of the filmimg. Her driver had to
collect Boy George after he dropped her off and didn't want to
wait around, so he put quite a lot of pressure on her to leave
as soon as possible.. After she left, Etta-one of the children
filmed-age 6, said "Did you notice that Kirsten was the last to
arrive and the first to leave?" then happily skipped off the join
the other kids.
everyone had left.
about how the project is developing in
A Diary Date with Lizi . Or
skip to Project outline