Guest Blog: Peter Lord's Pirates! Diary Part 3
Posted on Wednesday November 23, 2011, 12:00 by Peter Lord in Empire States
Captain's blog: They tell me we’re approaching the end of the shoot. To be exact, they tell me, we have just three more weeks of shooting on the studio floor. Astounding. I find this rather hard to believe. Where has the last five years gone?
Of course, it doesn’t mean the film will be finished at the end of three weeks. Oh no, not by many a mile - because when the studio shoot does finish, there’s still a mountain of VFX work to complete, and then there’s the little matter of editing, sound and music. So there’s no danger of me dossing about or taking it easy until sometime in late
February next year.
But still, the scary fact remains: only three more weeks on the studio floor. I feel very ambiguous about this statistic. I mean, there’s really not much point in making a film unless you:
a) Finish it.
b) Have a huge Premiere and a wild party and everyone tells each other
how much they love them and
c) Get it into cinemas for people to enjoy.
So from all these excellent points of view I really want to finish the Pirates! On the other hand, this film has certainly been the most fun I’ve had in my career and I’m not at all happy about reaching the end of it. There’s been something about it right from the start – some kind of energy, something to do with the set-up of our whole pirate world which has been special and liberating. It seems to me that everyone involved has sort of been extra-motivated and excited. There’s a spirit around The Pirates! of ambition and experiment and sheer creative fun which is a real delight to be around. It’s been my main focus for five years – totally full-time for the past three - I’m planning serious withdrawal when it finishes. Basically I don’t want it to end.
On a practical level, what on Earth will I do all day without my Pirates to look after? Take this moment right now, for an example: Here I am, sat at my desk for the only time during the day. It’s lunch-time, so I’m eating lunch - roast pork today (thanks canteen team) – and writing this between bites. There is indeed gravy on the keyboard. Eating lunch while blogging, while looking over my shoulder because I’m meant to be in another meeting right now – this is about as close to ‘Free Time’ as I’ve had for a year. Occasionally, by mistake, a small gap opens up in my day. Five minutes is good. Fifteen minutes is not unknown and sometimes, let’s be honest here, I do actually get a lunch-break. But mostly it’s just pirates pirates pirates all day so that I’ve just about lost the power of independent thought and action. When the movie is finished, I imagine myself stepping out over the threshold of the studio, pale skinned, wearing a very dated suit and accompanied by a friendly Warden who tells me to stay out of trouble.
Still, all that’s theoretical right now. For now, the only task is to get on with it and finish this baby off. Three more weeks – three hundred more meetings, three million more tiny decisions. And then finally the little matter of launching our pirate adventure out into the wide world.
That’ll keep me busy, then.