Adlanders relive their location-shoot nightmares
Heading off on a location shoot can sound glamourous but, as five creatives recall, when faced with ageing stuntmen, the weather, uncooperative rappers, random hospitalisation and apartheid, the reality can be very different
“The ad did end up causing a bit of a race storm with the Welsh”
Ashoot for Pot Noodle at Mother most sticks in the mind because it went from poetic beauty to a nightmare in the smash of a sink.
The scene was set down a coal mine, which had been closed decades before – a poignant symbol of the death of a community, if you like. It was meant to be an emotional moment because the actors were miners – the very same miners who now worked at the Pot Noodle factory in Wales. We had it all planned. They would have tears of nostalgia in their eyes as they took instruction from our A-list director, Stacy Wall, to “GET DOWN THAT MINE AND DIG FOR NOODLES”. It was going to be beautiful. However, there was a problem. There was no Wall. Just before the shoot, he had slipped in the shower, destroyed a hand basin with his head and woken up in Leeds Infirmary. The crew was aimless and rogue drinking ran amok among the cast. When he did eventually turn up, concussed and sporting Terry Butcherstyle bloodied headwear, Wall seemed confused. So confused that he must have thought he was on a different shoot because he refused to go underground, let alone shoot a canary underground. And we all know that no mine is complete without a canary.
Ultimately, though, it was a triumph over adversity. The waft of noodle must have worked as smelling salts as we got Wall down the pit and got the shots – even if the ad did end up causing a bit of a race storm with the Welsh.