Party Ingredients: 12 teenagers, some white boards, 3 bags of costumes, wigs and props, a video camera and operator, one psychotic reindeer and a fabulous TRIFLE (made by my DAD!!!)
Enter the cast of characters. From left to right: Elizabeth Swann, Lucy Lui, Pocahontas, Marilyn Monroe, Catwoman and Elle Woods.
An amused Himself flanked by No2 Son on the right (don't tell him his picture's here!!!!!) as Phil the lawyer from some obscure movie and Small Boy as the 'trusty reindeer' from...any movie with a reindeer in it....we assured him there probably was one....
Also in this shot are Indiana Jones and Jackie Moon from some new movie...is it Semi-Pro?
Now we see the gang settling to begin the Production Meeting (where are the girls?????). That's me in the bottom left hand corner with the white boards. Danny Ocean just visible top right.
Always the teacher we start to brainstorm a plot.
If only I could 'hold' my Maths class like this!!
Now after this Dad left for awhile and missed; the scene where Pocahontas discovers the magic time travelling necklace; the scene in Elle Woods Sorority dorm room where Pocahontas appears out of a cupboard and surprises them all; the scene at a cocktail party where Marilyn Monroe meets Elle Woods; the bank robbery where Danny Ocean double crosses Cat Woman and she takes Pocahontas hostage with the necklace; the scene on Elizabeth Swann's pirate island where the necklace is dropped and lost for 300 years; the scene where Indiana Jones rediscovers it and is transported to the American South where good ole boys Bo and Luke Duke are searching for treasure to 'sayve theyuh fahm'; the shoot-up between the Dukes and Indy and, finally, Danny Ocean (before he was killed...time travel remember) bribing the basketballer to 'throw' the game. It was quite a convoluted 'plot'!!!!!
But he did get back for the big finale where he snapped this shot of the baby Angel looking 'deadly'!
And here is 'Action' in the final scene where Pocahontas is shot by Luke Duke for her necklace...
and the psychotic and grief stricken reindeer mows down the entire cast. As you do.
Please NB special effects lady on the garden dropping money in front of the camera and over the reindeer. It looked quite good even if it did mean 5 takes to get the wind direction sussed.
Of course after such a sterling effort we had to award 'Oscars'...
followed by swimming! I thought they would chicken out when they felt the water temperature but NO!!!! This meant a poolside cake cutting before parents began to arrive to transport the weary cast away to their trailers :-)
All in all an extremely successful day except that we forgot to eat THE TRIFLE in all the poolside business!!!! SORRY DAD!!. We kept half and sent Mum and Dad over to their friend's place to rest and recuperate and eat trifle. (accompanied by G&Ts if the truth be known)
Himself has put together a rough cut of the movie...entitled "Time is Money" (why? who cares?) with a funky interface (play movie, select scenes etc), a music soundtrack, sound effects, special flashing time travel effects and a BLOOPER reel!!!! I would love to post at least SOME of it but I am slightly worried about the ethics of putting other people's kids up on the net (even here is slightly dodgy)!! So you may just have to imagine it.
Dad asked after the event,
"How much could you charge people to run one of these every weekend??"
It would have to be a substantial amount to do this sort of thing for kids I didn't love. It has taken me two days to recover. I take my hat off to professional party organisers.
Oh. And here's the annual cake. Pretend you can't see the name and don't tell my Mum it's up here :-D