But I suppose we should be grateful for our ‘plum’ job of the Election which was Saatchis EE Viral ‘We’ve Got The Power’, which wasn’t launched like the T-Mobile Wedding Viral sent to all T-Mobile customers but this time firstly on twitter and then Facebook. It is now on YouTube but we don’t feel it was EE that put it up there! For us it was enormous struggle to sort the characters and with the final chosen shoot date failing to find an Ed Miliband (Shereef away i.e didn’t want to do it, his prerogative). Anyway its up there and now I think the demand for Red Ed will have dwindled. But sadly we had finally found a great Farage after months of searching, and now the actual man has resigned but I can’t believe that he will disappear any more than Alex Salmond did.
Otherwise over the last 2/3months everything has sort of been on hold – waiting for the end of the Financial Year, waiting for the new Royal baby, waiting for The Election but now everything is upon us so the Game can begin. But while we were waiting we had all sorts of bits and pieces quite a bit of Body Doubling work but where the actual celebrity was only available for part of the shoot and a lookalike was a necessity for the production companies concerned. There was Neil doubling for Lewis Hamilton for a Petronas commercial. Footlocker/Adidas commercial used our Theo Walcott for their shoot. Tim – Rob Brydon – Tim – who had had the terrible disappointment of missing 2/3 weeks on the P & O shoot a few months ago because his Passport didn’t get back to him in time, was able to do 2 days in Southampton recently – obviously it didn’t make up for a 2 week cruise around the Med. but it was something. Kristie and Peace respectively doubled for Kate Winslett and Lupita Nyong’o on a high profile but top secret beauty product. While Sarah J doubled for Rita Ora another very last minute weekend job. But we were able to provide a Kevin Bacon for the EE viral that we shot and he was confirmed to do the job but then they weren’t able to use him (legal reasons presumably) but he was on set as an extra. Plus he wasn’t used for the EE commercial that has just been shot but obviously found somebody cheaper although our Neil is really good. We were also asked last week for body doubles of a long list of footballers for BT Sport – but they went for the cheaper option of having artists with the same height and measurements. Shame! Sometimes we win sometimes we lose.
Comic Relief brought a few jobs for Jeanette (HM The Queen) one being polishing Ronnie Corbett’s shoes in Addington Palace, which was a treat for her. They hadn’t told us who the celebrity was going to be so it was a lovely surprise for Jeanette. And the other job she did was for British Airways Flying Start Charity on the day at Heathrow. It was a really long day for her (87 yrs old) but she is very game and never complains – she obviously takes her lead from Her Majesty who we never see complaining but who knows behind those palace gates. Around the same time Jeanette attended a reception on board the small cruise ship Megellen at Tilbury where it had been re-launched the day before after a complete makeover (the ship not the Queen) – not quite launching a new ship but the next best thing. She also appeared on a CBeebies programme for the BBC where Year 6 pupils at a primary school voted between 3 of them to be Head Teacher for a week. So quite a varied few month for Her Majesty. There was one more Comic Relief job at The Light in Leeds where they ran a spoof X Factor booking Cheryl (Andrea) and Simon (Andy P).
Other bits and bobs included an appearance on Celebrity Juice for, Tom, Jimmy Carr Lookalike when the ‘real’ Jimmy Carr was also appearing and then they ran a ‘Guess The Lookalike’ Quiz using some of our pictures (with permission from the artists shown) Then there was John D who played Prince Charles in W1A – only just visible but not cut out. I just so love that programme and was watching but almost missed him. Japanese TV NHK came over to interview Nicky Princess Diana! Can you believe it on two scores – its nearly 20 years since she died so well done Nicky for still being able to carry it off and secondly that they would still want to pursue the subject. The questions they wanted to discuss were the last few years of Diana’s life and her relationships with Harnat Khan and Dodie Al Fayed as well as her death in 1997. We then had a visit from this time Fujii TV from Japan again, who were here to cover the story of the new baby and decided to fill in the time (this time security and numbers of media at the Lindo Wing was very regulated and they were given very short time slots) and interview us in the office (at great length!) as well as filming what they could outside the Hospital with Kate (Heidi) and Tom (William). That was the day before baby Charlotte, Elizabeth, Diana put in her first appearance.
Liz Emmett booked Suzie as Marilyn for the Empress Suite at Towcester Race Course for Valentines night. It was hosted by Linda Nolan who introduced a Dean Martin tribute flown in from Las Vegas and a Kenny Rogers tribute from I don’t know where most probably from here. Also on that day ‘Kate’ and ‘William’ appeared at the Mermaid Quay shopping centre in Cardiff.
We have recently had a couple of ‘off the wall’ jobs – one being a two week shoot in Dubai which just finished yesterday. It was a reality TV programme booked by an Egyptian production company for a pair of Angelina Jolies and one Leonardo Dicaprio and one George Clooney, Lina, Elle, Edgar and Parvis. They have been working in shifts during that time and its all a big secret which will be aired over Ramadan and I will explain the scenario (if we can get it straight by then) once it is aired. You know those horrendous Japanese game shows that we used to see clips on TV which made no sense – well it sounds that it might be a bit like that. Anyway the guys involved have enjoyed it and are just flying back home as I write. The other off the wall job is the EE ‘You’ve Got The Power’ election viral which has now been up and running since the day before election – this is the link………….. nightmare for us – see if you think it was worth it? And you know what – Nigel is back in his Party before I finished typing this blog! I knew it. https://www.facebook.com/ee/videos/862496970492168/