Back in May08 I reported about the new NBC TV series shooting on location in the garden route. The series which is based on a novel by Daniel Defoe, takes a whole new look at the life of Crusoe, played by Philip Winchester.
It is reported that the series of 13 episodes will premier on NBC October 17th and some great news for South African fringsters is that the SABC has purchased the rights to broadcast this series.
Most of the local sets have been closed to the public and getting pictures has been harder than expected, that was until Wednesday. What started out as an early morning trip to one of the “open” sets to snap a few pictures for the fring blog, turned into a day of piracy and mutineering. I was soon dressed in the dirtiest clothing you have ever seen, make up check at around 9am and then off to the set. They had me playing the role of ‘Grant’ a crewman, mutineers and general extra. You know the guys doing all the hard work in the background
The day was filled with action, bombs blowing up within only a few feet. Mutineers screaming and allot of other hard work, like shifting props between set A and B or moving a boat between point A and B. When the director finally shouted “Thats a rap people” I was only to glad the day had come to an end, my feet were painfully soar and my body felt as if I had lived through a war and to my surprise I noticed it was 10pm already, a quick shuttle ride back to the dressing room, and I was back in my fring tshirt and regular clothing, all in all an amazing day. Which ended at 12:45pm when I finally got home.
I must say from only one short day on set, this new Crusoe TV series is going to be very exciting and I personally can’t wait to see the final product. They have me scheduled to film today again and I am, looking forward to more Crusoe action.
(The reason for only a few shots is not to give away to much of the plot)