Monday 31st July. 5.10 PM – ‘H’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. The eightieth and last day of principal photography today and so my last entry on this production blog.
It was some 13 weeks ago, during a night shoot at Westminster Cathedral, that Shekhar first asked me to start blogging about the production and the history behind it and, as is always the case with these things, that seems both a lifetime ago and only yesterday. I hope in the last few months I’ve given a taste of what goes into making an historical movie, the decisions that are made and why. In particular I hope I’ve shown that whilst inaccuracies creep in (for which I take full responsiblilty), where we change the story, the setting, characters or events it is usually for a good reason and at the heart of that reason is the desire to make a film that engages and inspires a modern audience. History is, after all, as much about the present as the past, as old stories only come to life in a modern mind.
Ahead now lie months of editing, dubbing, orchestrations and recordings before we all get to see just what it is that we’ve made together in the last eighty days. I hope you all enjoy the end result as much as we have enjoyed making it and that when it’s released Elizabeth and her times will come to life again in your minds. So thank you for all your kind words and encouragement and……….Cut.
That’s a wrap.