Filming Them on the Beaches

 Redcar to Become Bombed Out Dunkirk

The sandy beaches of Redcar are son to be pitted with shell craters and foxholesHere comes the French invasion as the seafront at Redcar in Cleveland is transformed into 1940s Dunkirk - literally a bomb site with tons of rubble, craters, bombed-out houses and tanks half-buried in the sand - for the film version of Ian McEwan's bestselling novel, Atonement, starring Keira Knightley and James McAvoy. In addition, 1,000 local people will be needed as extras when filming begins at the end of the month under the direction of Joe Wright, who made the most recent screen version of Pride And Prejudice.

 

Representatives from local authorities will gather at Redcar racecourse on Tuesday for screen agency Northern Film and Media's Filming Friendly launch. "We're working with all the authorities to help make the experience of filming good for both sides," says NFM Chief Executive Tom Harvey. "The idea is they could have a staff member responsible for looking after film companies. Atonement is going to be an amazing thing for Redcar. Few big historical films are shot in the world any more and this one is going to be shot in our region."

Redcar's photogenic shoreline by night. Presumably, the director will need to lose the steelworks in the background

The chance for film fame hasn't escaped Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council, which agreed to filming after detailed talks with Working Title Films. "The profile we'll get during filming will be fantastic," says Councillor Dave Fitzpatrick, the council's cabinet member for culture, leisure and tourism. "It's got to be good for the tourism trade, hotels, bars, restaurants, taxis and painters and decorators, for example. The potential of the profile from a blockbuster movie is probably immeasurable."

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0 # Film ExtrasGuest 2006-08-15 11:09
Could you please tell me if any more film extas are needed for the film being shot in Redcar, Cleveland, and if so, how do I go about applying?

Many thanks
Trudi
0 # Film ExtrasGuest 2006-08-15 11:09
Could you please tell me if any more film extas are needed for the film being shot in Redcar, Cleveland, and if so, how do I go about applying?

Many thanks
Trudi
0 # FILM EXTRASGuest 2006-08-15 13:47
They need about a thousand local extras apparently, so they will probably advertise in local newspapers.
You could also get in touch with Northern Film and Media, the regional screen agency who are helping the production and may be holding a contacts list of extras. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council might alsio be worth approaching.

If you have never done any extras work before be warned it is far from glamorous. You have to report to location very early and often leave very late with an awful lot of waiting around in between. (Filmmaking is a very slow process and very repetitive, which usually means a lot of hanging around waiting when you are not on camera. They should feed you and they should pay you a fee in exchange for your signature selling them your image. You will certainly learn something about the process of making films - especially the hanging around that background artists (the industry posh name for extras) get to experience. Good luck. If you get hired why not write us an article on your experiences during Redcar\'s French invasion.

Yours Aye

James MacGregor
News Editor
0 # FILM EXTRASGuest 2006-08-15 13:47
They need about a thousand local extras apparently, so they will probably advertise in local newspapers.
You could also get in touch with Northern Film and Media, the regional screen agency who are helping the production and may be holding a contacts list of extras. Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council might alsio be worth approaching.

If you have never done any extras work before be warned it is far from glamorous. You have to report to location very early and often leave very late with an awful lot of waiting around in between. (Filmmaking is a very slow process and very repetitive, which usually means a lot of hanging around waiting when you are not on camera. They should feed you and they should pay you a fee in exchange for your signature selling them your image. You will certainly learn something about the process of making films - especially the hanging around that background artists (the industry posh name for extras) get to experience. Good luck. If you get hired why not write us an article on your experiences during Redcar\'s French invasion.

Yours Aye

James MacGregor
News Editor