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July 28, 2006 | 02:43 PM


Wednesday 26th July. 3.30 PM – ‘H’ Stage, Shepperton Studios. Into the full action sequences aboard our Spanish galleon today as the deadly fireships glide amongst the anchored Spanish fleet.

As Raleigh’s fireship approaches we find ourselves onboard a Spanish galleon in state of panic. Anchor cables are cut, burning spars clutter the stern, fire lick up the sails, debris crashes down and amid the chaos two horses rear and circle on the deck. As it’s a scene involving animals it’s not a quick shot to take – safety, both for the animals, the stuntmen and the handlers around the horses, is paramount and the long technical preparations give Shekhar the time to run over to ‘J’ to direct Raleigh in the Tower of London and, after that, the part of the hanging of Francis Throckmorton that we didn’t pick up in Winchester. Directing on two stages at once is a feat akin to juggling with sheds, but with only five days left on the schedule, time is now of the essence.

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Into full action
as the deadly glide

We find ourselves onboard
in state of panic

Cables are cut
fire lick up the sails
debris crashes down
amid the chaos
circle on the deck

Its a scene
not a shot to take
both paramount preparations
give the time to run over

and after that
we pick up at once
a feat akin to juggling with sheds

time is now of the essence.

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