While some creatives see a commercial shoot as just the ticket for
a free holiday, there are other plucky tykes who are prepared to do
whatever it takes to get the right shots in the can.
Witness Nick Thompson and Dan Hume, from Grey, whose recent shoot for
their client, Findus, required an idyllic, deserted location. Simple
enough, thought the director, Shona Auerbach, at Bliss Films, as well
she might. But little did she know.
The Spanish beach chosen, the crew duly arrived on the day of the shoot
only to find that the said idyll had just been colonised by a bunch of
naked Russian hippies - living in a village of teepees.
Suspicious of this Soho onslaught, it looked like mayhem could ensue
after the quirky settlers threatened to obstruct every shot on the
storyboard. But - presto! - the resourceful location manager rallied to
the call of duty by spending the night with his new-found hippie chums
and a well-stuffed "peace pipe" to oil negotiations. By sunrise, the new
residents had agreed to move their wigwams - in return for the film crew
shedding their kecks in respect of the community's strict rule of
With no other option, the boys got into the buff. Not exactly kicking
and screaming, though. "I didn't mind," the art director Nick Thompson
says breezily. "I figured that as long as the majority of the crew was
behind us I didn't mind showing my arse off ... but I don't want people
looking full-frontal," he added hastily, belatedly discovering his
Fortunately the rising sun warmed the air rapidly - otherwise the Findus
product might not have been the only frozen vegetables on display.