When I first agreed to filming at Woodlands I had no idea what to expect or indeed if anything would come of it. One minute I was a housewife the next I had Jason Isaacs filming Case Histories in my kitchen. The whole experience has been surreal and exhilarating and one of the best things I’ve ever done.
What you don’t see on camera is the vast array of people that for a week or two, takeover your home. It’s best to just surrender to the process, be on good terms with your location manager and let the cast and crew get on with it.
To give you some idea of the process, first the director and first AD arrive to check the location and take some photos. Then the set designer and art production team take measurements and plan the new interior. A month later furniture they don’t require is put into storage and a new set created while filming occurs elsewhere. Finally, cast and crew arrive, protective flooring is laid down for cameras, there are electricians everywhere, and on one occasion scaffolding was erected for a week to green screen my house and set it in London (Charles Dance starred in that production, though sadly didn’t film in Scotland). There may be up to a hundred people in and around the house including catering vans, and assorted trailers. Neighbours will be curious but almost always flattered and very supportive.
When you go on a journey of self discovery like I have you never quite know what to expect. Your end achievements aren’t the point of it. It’s having the self-belief to act on a hunch or follow your dream that’s the important part. Focusing your efforts into something potentially worthwhile and perhaps financially lucrative that may unlock life-changing possibilities.
It’s hard to take risks, but in my experience the risks have always been worth taking. Besides, there’ll always be a regular job opportunity waiting for you.