Hollywood in the Jordaan

July 25, 2008

Film crew outside the creche

Film crew outside the creche

Palmdwarstraat, Deepest Jordaan, Amsterdam, 0850, 25 July 2008.

Could barely get into the creche this morning. Had to fight my through assorted film crew types, lighting techs, markeup people, artistes… Filming of a social insurance commercial apparently. “Are we all ready before we bring the children in?” trilled the director in a lightly dutch-accented english voice. The smell of the make-up took me right back to John Adams Studios c.1980.

2 questions. Why does filming a commercial or a movie take so many people who just appear to stand around doing nothing? The expense! Why did the director have to speak in english? We’re not in flippin’ LA!

"OK places everybody... and.... FINGERPAINT!"


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