Nothing like a bit of extra pressure !!

Well I should be writing this blog post from the magical Isles of Scilly as we prepare for a full day's filming on the wrasse for Tight Lines, but instead I am sitting in my kitchen with a cup of coffee and feeling the pressure gently start to build. All flights out of Newquay to St. Mary's were cancelled yesterday and after spending a meaningful few hours in the airport yesterday we were finally told that no planes were going to brave the weather (come on, it was hardly that bad, surely) and that they could put us on a midday flight today. Nice !! Let's say the timings now go to plan and by my calculations we will be left with about 2.5 hours daylight this afternoon to film as much as we can and then about 2/3 of a day tomorrow before we head back to the mainland. Nothing like a bit of extra pressure................

So the crew spent the night somewhere in sunny Newquay while I came back home for the night. John the cameraman and Alex the producer strike me as highly competent and as much as hanging around in Newquay airport was hardly what one calls glamorous, it did take me back to the filming we used to do and remind me how much fun it was to spend time with film crews and talk about all their varied experiences. Sure, it's the people in front of the camera who are up there on screen and get seen (rightly or wrongly I grant you), but behind the scenes if you like you've got these people who have done seen so much, travelled so much, met so many different people and just seem to take it in their stride. It always used to fascinate me how say these cameramen could go from perhaps filming some uber-celebrity in a glorious part of the world to then being stuck on a small budget fishing shoot where the presenter (me) has somewhat obviously never had a single day's training at presenting and does little more than rabbit on about fishing for the entire shoot. Talk about a come down !! Somehow it seems to work though, and I give a huge amount of credit to the people you never see up there on screen.............

The plan is of course that we touch down on the Isles of Scilly around lunchtime, dump some gear in the B&B, get changed/sorted as fast as we can and then head out on to the rocks where the wrasse hopefully want to crawl up the line in their eagerness to get on camera. Del tells me that the part of St. Mary's we want to film around is looking pretty good with the wind direction, so I can but hope that the airline grows a set and flies us out there today, and of course that the fish behave and we manage to cram a load of good filming in this afternoon. The plan still is to try and then nail some pollack on the lures tomorrow, but the guys are flexible and if things get tough on the wrasse then we will stick at them until we have it in the can. The one thing we don't need are heaps and heaps of fish, because as much as you might think wow it's amazing to catch a whack-load of fish, in TV terms it means very little. We need a few though !! Fish after fish after fish kinda gets pretty tedious to watch and what you don't see is how you need to almost "build" a short film as we are going to do here via a variety of different shots/angles that then gives the editor sufficient material to cut it all down to whatever length it ends up as. Anyway, if all goes to a rough plan now you will hear from me on Friday morning with a report of how it all went..............