Ten Thousand Tonnes of Ice Creeeeam!!!

Trip Start May 21, 2004
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Trip End Dec 15, 2004


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Sunday, October 3, 2004

The filming was about a halfway done now... Six months is quite a long time for a film to be made... It would normally only take 4 months for most films, but since there was so much to build and organise it took a lot longer...

The Chocolate Room for example, was enormous... The 007 Stage is really huge and that was filled with fake grassy hills which hand to me laid out manually... dull stuff...
They even had a grass team, and all these people would do was be ready to fix any problem, like if somebody kicked up some of the fake grass... they did this for at least 2 months... while we were filming there...



The chocolate river is another great example...
206,563.48 US gallons of fake chocolate were used in the River area of the Chocolate Room. An additional 38,430.41 US gallons of fake
chocolate were made for the waterfall, bringing the total of fake
chocolate used on the 007 Stage for the set of Willy's Chocolate Room to
244,993.89 gallons.
That's a lot of crappy fake chocolate...

The squirrel scene was one of scenes hardest to prepare for... the trainers spent 19 weeks training 40 squirrels just for the squirrel room scene... and the squirrels were all trained from birth for that...

       
Imagine that... Imagine you were a little squirrel and you were trained from birth to shell nuts and drop them... 19 weeks of doing that every working day... I wonder what happened to those squirrels after the filming... probably set free into the parks only to starve because the would still drop all the nuts they found...

For the scene at Mr. Salt's Nut Factory, where he had all of his workers opening chocolate bars, 110,000 plastic candy bars were made and opened... there was also around 2000 real chocalte bars made for the fat Augustus kid to eat... I got a couple of those myself...        
      
Working in a craft truck and being able to look after certain individuals can be very useful...
he he...

The Oompa Loompa actor, Deep Roy, has absolutely no timing when it comes to dancing and singing...             

It therefore took forever to film all of his scenes and I believe that in the end Tim Burton allocated the whole of 2nd unit to focus just on them...

Meanwhile, Anita and I were slaving away out the back of the 007 Stage... There were that many hungry people on the set that some nights we wouldn't finish cleaning up, restocking and preparing for the morning until 9pm at night... It was these days that we worked the 80+hour weeks... and went through literally truckloads of ham&cheese toasties...

I still have burn scars on my arms from that damn sandwich press...
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