Remember the post from a while ago called “A weird but juicy day”? Well then. This is the second part. That’s right my friends, at last I got the hands model job for, now I can say it, “La Caixa”, soon in your best living rooms. It turns out after hard negotiations about salaries, working time, shooting days and others, we finally agreed the terms of the production company. Therefore, on the last december the second, we shot the advert. Time: 10:30 at such and such a place, first floor. I get there about ten minutes earlier and I have a little communication problem with the porter of the building: Where are you going?, he asks, to the first floor, I answer. He stares at me quietly, it wasn’t enough info. But, to do what?, he says. To work, I respond. It is still not enough, the worst part is he is obviously half asleep, but keeps acting as stubborn as two blind mules. But, for what?, he insists. Let’s see: first of all, have a coffee, second: what’s wrong, you think I’m going to kill somebody? I don’t say either of these, of course, and simply reply: I’m recording an advert. Oh, sure (he stutters), em, (stutters again while two men lift some shooting material behind me, dude, if you really need more clues, I’m out of ideas) yeah, yeah, you can go. I move on through the porter’s security control and make my way to the first floor. Two doors. Nobody said anything about two doors. One is open. Ok: infiltration’s fase two, lucky I got here early. A guy speaks through his phone at the landing. I say hello with my hand like: hi, I’m the hands model, is the shooting here? He says hello back with his hand too, flipping, like: who the hell are you and why are you greeting me? We must talk, signs are useless. Hello, I say, is the shooting for La Caixa here? He doesn’t know, stutters, no, he doesn’t, eeeeeeeem, well, he says, maybe if I tried the other door. The locked one. While this takes place, behind the guy there’s a coming and going of lights, tripods and other movies’ stuff. Sure, it must be in the other door, I answer with little certainty. I knock. They open. Hello, ¿I’m Jaume? It actually comes out like a question, yes, because I didn’t know anymore what other trials destiny was holding for me. Oedipus sphinx, a child’s play. Hello, Jaume, come in. At last. I enter and comment the fact that in the door in front there are a lot of lights and stuff, she answers both flats are connected. It’s awesome when people know things. Relax, I’m made it. Before me, the breakfast table. I enclose picture.
I make an expresso for myself. Oh, glory. People shows from the little corridor which connects the huge whole first floor. They introduce themselves, I do so, nice mood, smiles, kindness… Perfect, in short. It’s the calm before the storm. They show me the shooting set I right there, before my eyes, the love of my life. 12.000 euros of pure digital movie passion: the red one. I enclose images of the very instant we fell in love.
The set has a great arrangement… For actors and those who work behind the camera. They show me the place where I will stay for the next ten hours. The hands model is usually bugged, but this is going to hurt.
Oh, you don’t see it well. All right. This is the position, changing between standing up and sitting down, for the camera operator in the next ten hours:
This one is for the actors, Ariadna and Abel, those two little suckers:
In the end, this is going to be MY stand, with slight variations, during the next ten hours:
In this last photo I even smile. Poor thing, I was beginning the day. The point is there was a lot of work in the shooting. I had fun, but it was complicated to keep the stability of the little notebook I was holding, mantain the right page turning cadence, switch positions, hold my head back, avoid showing my sleaves… And the stand was horrible. When we finally ended filming all shots, at about eight o’clock in the evening, I realized how screwed I really was. Legs shaking, trashed thumbs (I only could think never to be able to play videogames anymore), burning biceps… Pain, tons of pain, but a smile on my face for a work well done and all the good people I met. Anyway, I hope you enjoy watching the spot on TV. If anyone asks, yes, it was me. If they don’t, you could give them the link to my site. Greetings, see you in the next adventure.