Director – Anton Brandt Thykier
Cinematographer -Donna Gage
Actors – Kate Braithwaite, Arthur Gant
Last month I was super lucky to have been flown to Hamburg for a commercial shoot. I was also blessed to have got the job along with two very lovely actress’s, Holly Weston(known for playing Ash Kane in Hollyoaks) and Frances McNamee a wonderfully experienced stage actress who is making a bold and successful move to screen.
Coming from an Ice Skating and Dance background where there is a lot of bitchy backstabbing I am always a little nervous and wary of meeting new girls. One on one is usually fine but as soon as there is more than a duo reliant on one another to not be a bitch then it can not be the most fun…but in this case it was awesome. Unfortunately I was booked to go first to shoot so I was dragged off for clinical pedicures and fittings etc so I wasn’t able to hit up the Reeperbahn(Hamburg is famous for its unique legal Red Light District)but as soon as I was about the girls welcomed me back and we managed to pick possibly the worst Italian restaurant in the world! Like seriously, who can make Mozzarella and Tomato slices wrong?
Anyways I just wanted to shout out about these two fabulous Chicks for making my first experiences of Hamburg awesome and renewing my faith in nice non bitchy chicks!
Decisions, decisions! How ridiculous but true. The choice to lipstick or not lipstick can be the make or break for whether you are the right candidate for the job. A lot of ‘creatives’ believe it or not can’t see past the vision they have in their head. They can’t see that if your wearing red lip stick and they imagined their heroine in nude pink that you could simply take a single sheet of loo roll and wipe it off! Today I felt the need for some colouring in and despite the brief went “duck it, I’m going to face the world how I see fit today”!
Let’s see how it goes!
As per usual I have joined Sean Lerwill on one of his shoots for Men’s Health and Maximuscle. I have succumbed to the fact that I am a Sean Lerwill groupie. He is pretty awesome though so I’m not ashamed!
I started looking through his pics to choose a couple for the post and realised i had been present at all of the gigs above. I am so proud of all that he has achieved. He works hard, the hardest worker I have ever met. He is kind, considerate, loyal, honest and incredibly fair. Definitely a worthy role model if ever one was choosing to follow around another. I have learnt the commando ethos from Sean behaviour as it is ever present. The only one I may help Sean with at time to time is The Cheerfulness in the Face of adversity, he can be a wingey bugger, when he hasn’t eaten.
Now obviously buddy and a bucks are at no.1 but I must admit the THATGIRL team were one of the best I have worked with! Christina and Charli brought together an incredibly talented bunch of individuals. Obviously my co-star Sean Lerwill is incredibly professional and hard working so a joy to work with. The photographer/videographer team of Fashion blogger Nicole Markoff and David Sheldrick were brilliant. Powering through all day and coming up with incredible angles to shoot from amazing the visuals better than I could have ever imagined. Also one of the best skills and attributes I find most important in a photographer, videographer, DoP or cinematographer is putting you at ease. It just bodes well for a smoother, quicker and much more productive shoot, bringing out the best of everyone involved. These guys have that nailed! I would definitely be blessed to work with them again!
The make up artist was a beautiful woman called Emily Grove who was beautiful inside and out. Also very good at her craft. She made me feel glamorous all weekend! The Hair stylist and assistant to Josh Woods made the most of my dead straight lustre lacking locks and Katie Grands assistant Lucy brought along a wardrobe load of beautifully cut garments. I literally felt like I had woken up in a dream! My apartment(for the shoot) was over looking london bridge station and high enough to see over london, with an incredibly stylish roof top terrace. Stunning! Food supplied by the masters at Detox Kitchen and the most tantalising tastebud awakening juices from Imbibery London. (go for the Cashew Mylk, its…wow…just wow)I was also lucky enough to take Buddy along with me, who of course stole the show and got used in a few shots!
Thanks to the intense work out devised by Charli and Christina I was quite a sweaty mess throughout and felt the effects of the exercises. I must admit to being thankful for the fashion shots which gave me a breather between exercises! Even now my muscles are saying hello!
Anyway I am just so incredibly Thankful and blessed to have been part of such a great team. They also were so positive and complimentary to me that they asked me to dance which we ended up using in the video. It was really lovely to be able to use my Dance skills again. It reminded me of the Laura Marling shoot. Another beautiful job.
Thank you, to the team and all my support team who have kept me going through out the tough times to be able to still be in the industry and come across jobs like this one!
I was working full out Day 3 so will try get some Behind The Scenes from everyone else! It was incredible! I literally was wiped out by the end of day3! I got home and words were a struggle and moving off the sofa up to bed was a mission!
I love working that hard!
Despite the fact I’m looking incredibly pale and worn through, this picture makes me smile and remember filming in Alexandra Palace for the feature film Self Made. It was so nice to be able to use a skill I had learnt as a child. So my mothers money and 5am starts were not in vain. It brought back a lot of good and bad memories, as I had pretty much grown up in this gigantic fridge. From my first sprained ankle to my first kiss, the instant i smelt the distinct ice rink whiff it all came flooding back.
Fortunately I wasn’t too scarred by the memories and instead was inspired to take skating back up as a hobby. Its pretty amazing to come back to it as an adult. I no longer hang off the side too embarrassed to attempt moves for fear of being laughed at by the girls who bullied me, nor am I bored of it due to going 9 times a week and being chased the length of the rink by an angry Scottish woman, my coach not just a random. Now, I am happy to attempt jumps with a new found ability to push myself. I think the weight training has definitely increased my ability to jump higher and be able to attack moves more powerfully. My desire to not waste anymore of my life has also meant hardly any time is wasted not moving. Making every second count.
Thank you, thank you, thank you! The Galway film Fleadh (which I still feel weird saying, and feel like I’m saying it wrong) was awesome! Gutted I couldn’t stay any longer than the screening of The Callback Queen and a quick bite in Eddie Rockets but even though it was brief it was definitely worth it!
As always I had my trusty Polaroid camera to snap the scene! Admittedly I took more pics of the burger as it was disgustingly layered (ahh-may-zing).
The vibe was positive the people were fabulous, so all round it was a great night out!
Sean Lerwill’s cameo got a hearty laugh from the audience and my violent streak was definitely visible, poor Sean! (Which one?)
It was great catching up with the incredibly talented Sean o’Meallaigh who not only was a lead in the film chosen to open the fleadh but also one he wrote and directed himself! Also the lead Amy Joyce Hastings, who produced and starred in The Callback Queen also had her film nocturne passage screened the day after! I’m so lucky to have worked with such an amazingly talented bunch of lovely people!