On the road with Foiled
Location: South Manchester
Bodies present: Ian Lindsay, David Randell, Sue Element, Howell Parry, Geraint Pritchard, Mike Varty, Mark Stalker, Henry Burrows
At 3pm, Henry, Sue, Dave, Mark, Ian and Mike arrived at my house in Manchester. A few minutes later I turned up with Geraint Pritchard, star of the infamous Diet Coke advert which has stunned audiences around the world apparently.
|Driving out of Manchester|
It was remarked at one point that we could have done with some means of communication between the two cars, like two mobile phones, but we just had to make do with hand signals. Occasionally, the traffic got quite busy and the students would be a few cars behind us. These driving scenes weren't as straightforward as we first thought... especially on a busy Saturday afternoon in Manchester.
We drove around various major roads in Fallowfield, then went to Princess Road, a major dual carriageway which eventually leads to the M56 motorway and North Wales (where the students are heading to in the film). For a while, Henry decided that he wanted us to travel alongside the students' car, so that he could film them close-up as they travelled along. This got controversial at times when we were on 2-lane roads, as we were preventing any cars from overtaking, and also the drivers of our two cars were paying lots of attention to their acting and the other car's position, and not full attention to traffic signals etc! We were worried that perhaps the police would see us and pull us over for causing obstruction to other cars, but luckily we were OK.
|Foil Man reaches for Laura|
I took lots of still photos of the other car, and Ian told us afterwards that he thought he'd been photographed by a speed camera! Eventually, after following the car around for perhaps an hour and a half, it was time for us to pull over, and for Henry to set up a tripod by the roadside to film the students' car driving past. We were stood outside lots of houses, and people were intrigued by what we were up to. People walking past gave us strange looks, and we noticed that all cars going past were slowing down for a better look at us.
|Geraint watches the car pass|
After another short bit of filming of the car going round a corner, it was time for my cameo. Since I appeared in one of Foiled Productions' earlier films, the rather dubious story of a man obsessed with a fluffy toy sheep (it was called Sheep Man) we decided that I should bring along this sheep (called Woolie) for my cameo. I walked out of Owens Park, the big student residence in Fallowfield, with Woolie under my arm, when suddenly the students' car went past and I jumped back, startled by Foil Man glaring out at me.
After all this, Dave was feeling very hot from wearing the Foil Man costume for over two hours, so we decided it was time to finish up filming for the day.