606 Takes & No Animation

kinnon —  April 29, 2006 — Leave a comment

Just in case you’ve never seen this. It took six hundred and six takes and cost an awful lot of money to produce.
From the Daily Telegraph, back in 2003:

As take 300 led to 400 which led to 500, a certain madness settled on the crew. Rob Steiner, the agency producer, started talking about “our friends, the parts”, but in the slightly menacing tone of a primary school teacher discussing her charges at the end of a trying day. Some workers on the film went whole days without sleep and had to be asked to stay away from the more delicate parts of the assembly. Others started to have bad dreams about throttle activator shafts and bonnet release cables.

When things were going wrong – a tyre that kept trundling off to the left, or a rocker shaft that kept toppling over like a tipsy cyclist – the production lads on the shoot would start grumbling that “the parts are being very moody today”.

Commercial makers are often accustomed to working with human prima donnas but no Hollywood starlet, no footballing prodigy or showbiz celeb, was ever as troublesome and unpredictable as the con rods and pulley wheels and solenoids that Davidson, Steiner and Co had to work with.

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A television editor, writer & director since 1978. A Christian since 1982. More than a little frustrated with the Church in the West since late in the last millennium.

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