Big Book Media

We hope you enjoy reading our blog from Big Book Media, we write from our shoots in Morocco where we are currently filming the Gospels. We have been out on three shoots already and the footage is up on our website - We are going on our next shoot shortly so Shoot Four News will be along soon.

In the meantime we have details of what we are doing in the UK between shoots, we have an office in Brighton where the blog comes from when it's not from Ouarzazate - two very different locations!

Thanks for reading.

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Filming the Gospels

Filming the Gospels
The Team in Ouzarzazate, Morocco

Tuesday, 25 August 2009

One Shoot Ends And Another Begins

Hi all, Liz here in the Big Book Media office with a concluding blog from our first shoot.
Charlie (Production Manager), Vicky (Production Accountant) and I are meeting this evening to go over the actuals from the budget for BBM Production One and get the final cost of the shoot!!! Hopefully none of us will suffer an actual heart attack when we total it all - I might have a first aider on stand by just in case!!!

Everyone has returned home safely from the first Big Book Media shoot and has time to recover before the second shoot which we are planning for mid October 2009.
Deane and Charlie arrived back at the Big Book offices last week in their desert wear looking exhausted (Charlie especially!!) and with tons of camera equipment in Deane's Landrover. Deane left Charlie with me and then drove off home with his red camera and other gear. The lenses and filters we hired went to Pinewood and were collected by London Filter Co, Take Two, Richmond etc..

The shoot lasted a total of two weeks in the intense summer heat of nearly 50 degrees out in the desert - hopefully the temperature will have dropped a bit by mid October so it won't be so sweaty! We had a camera fan melt at one point on the shoot!!
Various of the team are having a holiday to get over the shoot!! David our director is in the south of France, Tim our editor is in Croatia, Deane, DTI Technician had a few days rest in the Oxfordshire countryside and Robin, Focus Puller went away to Scotland straight from Marrakesh! Charlie our Production Manager hasn't gone away she is just enjoying getting some sleep in a bed which is rest enough for her!!

Charlie has been back to work in our office in Brighton and has started planning the next productio
'The Bible Project Shoot Two' which is scheduled in for 19th October (at the moment).
We are just planning our recce trip first to check locations, then we can get fully organised for this next shoot.
David (Director) and Trevor (Consultant) are going to go out the first week of September to check out the east of Morocco - Essaouiia Region to make sure the places we are planning to shoot are right and then Mike (Art Dept) is going to go to those locations and start his set, costume and props planning.

Hannah (Producer) and Amory (Music and Post Production) are coming down to the office tomorrow to get some work done on our post production projects - Promo, Cards, Demos, Readings etc.. I'll blog again after that meeting with an update on what we cover.

Until then.....

Monday, 3 August 2009

Heat & Dust

Hi, Katy blogging today with a little bit of shoot news.
We have had a delayed day on the shoot due to problems with our line producer, everyone else in the team has worked so hard and the riggers continued to work to make sure everything was ready for when we could start shooting again.

The UK and Moroccan teams out here have worked solidly to make the production happen and all the gaffers, props teams, make up, sound crew out here have been amazing and we hope we can work with them again. If we could just have had a different Line Producer (in fact no line producer would have been an improvement) things would have run a lot more smoothly.

Selva has been great as our Jesus and we have been filming his scenes for the past couple of days. He travelled out here with Trevor who is one of our Big Book Media consultants for the filming - they have a very intense schedule as they are only out here for a few days.
The temperatures out here are 45 degrees plus which makes it so hard to keep going, the heat
midday is unbearable! As I said in my first blog we are doing two shoots a day - the first one in the morning and then the second later on in the day once the temperature has dropped a bit. Though it doesn't seem to drop that much!

I actually managed to have a wander last night in town to the souk with Gemma and Vicky, it was lovely to see some more of Morocco and not just our film sets! Gemma is one of our runners on the shoot, it was her last night as she flies home tomorrow so it was nice to get a chance to do some sight seeing.

(souk picture)

While on the set I have ended up as the first aider handing out immodium! and treating bee stings, headaches and cuts. I helped out when our Judas broke his ankle - though that did need more medical help than I could provide. A plaster stuck on his leg wouldn't quite have fixed that one!

That's all for now. Katy.