21.04.2008 - 14.09.2008 30 °C
Having enjoyed the good times of no work for so long, we set about
saving the pennies by both getting jobs and staying in E-J's ever so
generous aunt and uncle's flat in Sydney.
The week days were spent. pretty much like those in England, we'd both
drag ourselves out of bed by 7:00 and return to the flat around 7/8pm.
Occasionally we'd meet up with a few friends, but we tended to keep
ourselves to ourselves, saving to get the opportunity to explore the
rest of Australia for the end of the trip.
Sam took full advantage of the overtime of his job working six days a
week and clocking up a total of 64 hours a week. E-J on the other hand
was initially having doubts about the job as it took a while for the
commercial she was suppose to be working on to finally confirm. Until
then she just did random things around the office, questioning whether
it was really worth it.
We had a few fun events over the weekends, such as Liz Richardson's
birthday party at an interesting German restaurant along with a visit
to Taronga Zoo.
We also over indulged in a few beers with our fellow Inca Trail friend
Mark and reuniting with another Inca Trail friend, Brie, when she came
to Sydney for her birthday.
It was also great to see Helen Brain along with Sam's old flatmate
Stuart, we met up with them on several occasions.
Then mid June Sam returned to the UK for Bubba and Erica's wedding and
was able to catch up with family and friends.
During the two weeks of Sam's departure E-J's job really started to
kick into gear and she found herself back to working the crazy hours
that production demands.
The job had a few perks too, the best being the last part of the
twelve day shoot, which took E-J to Kununurra in Western Australia.
This was the same part of Australia where some of the latest Baz
Luhrmann film, "Australia" was filmed.
The landscape was utterly stunning and words simply cannot justify its
beauty to I hope these pictures can.
The second location for filming. was reached by helicopter, so E-J
again got the opportunity to see the magnificent landscape from above.
She also ended up having to sleep out in the wilderness with all the
crew in order to be able to catch first light the next day.
(Helicopter arriving at first light)
Everyone had to sleep in swags, which are basically a cover for a
sleeping bag. It was pretty unbelievable and special experience to
stay and sleep in a spiritual, Aboriginal site, looking up at the
thousands of stars in the sky before falling asleep.
E-J also found herself the stand in, which meant standing in cold
water for an hour while they lit the area and found the right camera
angle and lens. She was then put in a plastic bin liner to warm up.
After this epic journey, not only in destination, but also from the
sheer magnitude of the job, E-J said goodbye to her fellow work
friends and we embarked on our travels once more.
Sam's comments: Sydney was an interesting place to work and get to
know. Glad to see my old friend Stuart who was a great mate to have in
an unknown city. I look forward to hosting him when he comes to England.
E-J's comments: Initially I found it quite hard living in Sydney,
particular since we didn't do much during the weekends as we were
trying to save. Also going back to work with the chaotic last minute
changes that constantly happen in a commercial production company was
a lot more than I expected. However, it turned out to be the best
opportunity ever, it was an incredible shoot to work on and fabulous
to be a part of such a talented and diverse crew. It also really made
me enjoy my time off again!