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14 April 2010 @ 12:45 am
Pierrefonds trip [Day 1]  
Okay. That was bloody awesome, really. I can't even. I still can't believe it. Gosh. Where to begin ?



Morning.
Or how to spend half a day wandering in an amazing castle.


The Pendragons' castle, moreover! As a French guide said to kids visiting : "English fans don't come for the castle. They come for Camelot."

Just one funny anecdote which happened before going to the castle, as we arrived early. Instead of waiting in front of Pierrefonds, we kept on walking the path which leads to the castle, going higher and higher. And we ended up... in front of trucks of a English filming industry and all :D I was already dying of impatience, it made it even worse. But that was maybe the first step to realizing it was, you know, real.

To sum up the morning, though : there was no filming (or if there was... well then, I guess we're screwed because we missed it). Which ended up in my mother and me wandering in the castle, enjoying the monument and hunting every little bit of the filming anyway. After one hour of wandering, we got to know the surroundings pretty well (well, mainly the courtyard of the castle and the surroundings of it ; it's much harder to know the organization of the inside rooms).
Edit: I've just seen the night filming photos. Shooting during the night surely would be a good explanation to no-shooting in the morning, wouldn't it?

Pierrefonds...























Looking for clues of Camelot






















Because I thought that was kind of sweet.

After wandering for basically more than a hour, we decided to investigate the "village street" as my mother and I call it, which is, you know, the street of Camelot built from scratch. We had seen a glimpse of it from the street to Pierrefonds, but there was a (very nice) security agent in front of it, so we had assumed its access was denied. So we stopped on the other side of this street, the upper side (which you can access from the garden around Pierrefonds), and took a few glances. After a few encouragments from my mother, I finally managed to ask the very lovely and pleasant (they seemed so very nice, all smiling to us !) four English persons from the staff working around the street - they were preparing some compost - if we could get through the street. To which they answered "yes, of course!" in a very happy tone. Thanks guys! (Actually anybody could go as long as there was no filming. I'm starting to think I'm a bit too afraid to disturb.)

Camelot street (somebody really should give me its regular name)





















I was a bit afraid that there would be no filming in the afternoon either (I'm not aware at all of filming hours or whatever), but when we went to a place to eat, I saw on the way Miss Redhead, as I call her, because I have no idea what her name could be (you know, the lovely lady with hair dyed in red, who's always with the actors). Going in the direction of the castle. So yes, good omen.

Afternoon
Or how to see the difference between Pierrefonds without filming and Pierrefonds with filming. And still not realize how amazing it was.

The arrival
Basically, as soon as we returned to the castle (which is closed from 1 to 2), there was a hell lot of animation. A hell lot. Trucks were in front of the castle, fans were waiting, there was a big water pipe going through the gate, staff was arriving, one guy got out from his truck and talked to some french fans he didn't know "Hey, how are you? That's such a nice day, eh ?" (and the french fans took one minute to understand what he said, but he isn't supposed to know that |D). Then the castle opened once more, and clearly from the state of the courtyard, that I shall not describe, you knew there would be filming there.


Trucks.


Water pipe.


People!


Staff!

Colin and Bradley's arrival (and Rupert's, but he didn't shoot there)
And filming there was. Oh god. There are two things I will remember fondly of today : first, seeing all the process of the filming, all the persons working for the series, etc. But there is also the moment when Colin and Bradly came into the courtyard. It was so... unbelievable, you know? Here I am, in France, I'm French, and yet I'm seeing two actors that I adore, who speak English, that I've seen so many times on screen in an English series... It was completely unbelievable for me, somehow. They were at 10 meters from us, and yet I had the impression that their silhouettes were some kind of copy paste from some picture, but that they couldn't, actually, be there. And yet I realized it so much, I think my eyes became a bit wet. Yes mum, if you read this, I'm a pussy, but you already know it. Colin was all smiley-smiley ah ah.
Rupert was there as well but he didn't shoot. Actually he wasn't there anymore after some minutes, I guess. So I wonder whether he shot elsewhere or just, didn't shoot at all. It was nice to see him though!


Oh, I think it speaks for itself.


I will not be joking when I say later that they started to working immediately.


And indeed Colin and Bradley are working...


While Sir Leon decides to get some rest =D


Just the installation.

The filming process
And then the filming started almost immediately, that was surprising. There was an "action!" and then Colin and Bradley were shooting. I couldn't hear a thing from what they said. It took me a while to understand what was the process of the filming : actually at first, they shoot the scene very quickly, they don't bother with the outside noises, the visitors, the surroundings, the lightning, the dialogue, whatever. Apparently they just need to know where the scene will be filmed exactly, I guess, and they also make the extras warm up - basically, the French coach, Marie (the girl in green, for those who were here today), explains what they can do (I mean that they still have liberty to their movements, she often asks "Okay, who wants a bucket with water here?" "Do we have someone going from there to there?"), and then they do it in the rehearsals, of course. The first attempt was so screeewed, nobody moved when supposed to, ah ah.


After the first rehearsal, I guess. Then it was "action!" all again.


I just need to put some photos somewhere in my post.


Meet Marie and her horde of French extras!


They all listen to her very consciously, see?


And yet God knows there were a lot of extras...


Even though they can be easily distracted, sometimes.


But hey, they have knights!

Then, after those first shootings, they let the actors go and prepare the lightning, the surroundings, everything. Then they shoot again, and then the dialogue becomes audible and the acting very dramatic. It was particularly interesting to see the evolution in Bradley's acting, I must say, with each of the shootings his lines became more and more dramatically pronounced. I so love his elocution, he's a killer. Colin, on the other hand, totally killed me with his expressions and his focus into things. You're totally seeing Merlin instead of Colin when you watch him, despite all the surroundings which, of course, kill the immersion. There was one time when he walked down the stairs, looking at the surroundings, I just... held my breath, you know. I was in the scene, not at the filming, for a few seconds.


Our men in Camelot are strong! They'll build some surroundings in less than two minutes!


... Or maybe it is that our stones need a knights' foot in order to not fly away. (True fact!)


And the light shall fall on our actors!


...And on the staff as well, actually.


Bradley gets his sword!

Oh, and as for the dialogue? It doesn't spoil much, so here it goes. Please excuse any misunderstanding from my part, my poor French abilities, the wind, and the distance from the scene, don't help much. If I got it right, then it was :
- Arthur : "Merlin!" (made me laugh so much that, when Colin and Bradley shot quickly the scene at first, that even though Bradley's lines didn't have the dramatic intonation he took during the real shootings, he still made the Meeeerlin thing). "Where the hell have you been?!"
- Merlin : "??" (I'm going to let you English people help me with this one, because as much as I have an idea of what he said, it seems kind of weird. Very short answer, though)
- Arthur : "Surely you can come up with a better excuse this time!"
Merlin stays silent (for a good reason though)
- Arthur : "Come on Merlin, you can do better than that!"


It so looks like drama.

The staff
So, here I've talked about the process of filming, but I must absolutely be talking about the staff. The French staff and extras, especially. Gosh, that was then I realized how much it paid to be French at Pierrefonds, actually.
The first French person I noticed from the staff was a little brunette, that I therefore will be calling the brunette, who was in charge of the "Tournage, silence!" and keeping the visitors in check. It must be one hell of a job, really, I admire her, because well, it was so visible she wasn't comfortable with english. And yet she had to ask to go there, there, so as not to disturb the filming, to please ask to turn off the phones and to take photos without flashes, and to let a way for people to pass. She seemed really nice and all. Oh, and, I must apologize to the people who keep on hearing the "Please make sure that your phones are silenced" from her, which sounds kind of weird in english. It's a little bit my fault ah ah. She had started to say "your phones are silenceee--" and didn't seem to know the proper way to end her sentence, so I prompted "silenced" to, well, you know, make it correct grammaticaly. Except that it's not natural. Oh well. Sorry brunette, and good luck with your job!

The second French person I noticed from the staff was Marie, the "coach" of the French extras. She's a-ma-zing. I have a video of her coaching the extras but since she talks in french I doubt it'll be very interesting for you. I hope to translate it when I post my videos - in a few months when the episode airs. She was so nice to everybody. To the extras? She was funny and let them freedom. When they were doing it wrong? She's blunt but makes it a joke ("Okaay, so we're dying too quickly here!" "Okay, that went bad.", while laughing.). When they were doing it well? She thanked them. To the visitors? She was smiling and seemed genuinly happy to see us and our interest for the series. One example : the extras had been finishing their scene, and then she turned to us, with a hell lot of cameras in our hands, then she turned back to the extras, raising her hand towards us : "Hey, you're on Youtube guys!" The men seemed quite proud and happy. And then she said : "Shall we salute them?" and then she saluted us, theatre-style. Amazing girl, really.


Little highlight on Marie!


And well yes, Colin and Bradley too. Bradley's smiling on this one, so damn the blur and let's post it anyway.

The French extras I have to talk about. They kept on having inside jokes and seemed so lively. One guy was on the ground, and then there was a man from the English staff throwing water on the ground, making sure it didn't go onto the guy though. And then the guy's comrades (the other extras) asked to the man from the English staff : "Here, here!" pointing to the guy on the ground. But the "here, here!" was spoken with the Frenchest accent ever ah ah, that was so cute. Especially since the English staff member complied =D

From the English staff, I'll remember fondly the four guys who were working around the Camelot street, who seemed so happy to see fans. Miss Redhead intrigues me, but I guess it's because I can't put a name on her work (I don't have extensive knowledge of filming and such). And then I loved seeing some people from the staff - amoung them was Colin - watching the films of the scene on the little little screen made for this purpose between two shootings (there's a name for that, but I don't know it in english). It also surprised me so much to see the age of the staff - there were so many young people! One of the girls making sure Colin's hair was well-put and all seemed so, so young. I'm not used to that, I guess.


Colin sure is loved.


... And I have like, 4 other photos like this. Of different moments.

The other scenes and anecdotes

Just one thing I've forgotten from this first scene shoot, which actually happened before the filming, when everyone was coming to the courtyard : the first actor present was an extra, who I thought at first seemed thoroughly bored. Actually I think he was more, what? shy? surprised? freaked out by all the attention he got? (I mean, here he was, a knight of Camelot, alone as an actor in the courtyard). He accepted very nicely to take a photo with a kid =) Thanks for him M.Knight!


M. Lonely Knight...


Is very lonely (or bored)


Hapilly you can always count on kids to put some animation!

Another 'funny' thing was how... Well, the cohabitation of the visitors and the shooting. There is no such thing as a group of kids from some school coming right at the moment when everybody thinks the "Action!" word will be heard in the next two seconds.
It must be incredibly tiring for the actors and the staff though.

After this scene, which was the main one shot in the courtyard this afternoon, were two other scenes : one was basically the same one, but from Arthur's point of view (in the first scene, we can follow Merlin from the door to the courtyard ; in this scene I'm talking about, we can see what Arthur is doing before calling Merlin). It was much shorter, and, strangely, it seemed much more exhausting to do, because of how short it is. You have to redo it almost immediately, it was kind of weird. Bradley was very keen on listening to his iPod for 30 seconds between each shooting XD;


I don't know how he can listen to it for like, 30s. It would annoy me like hell.

After this one, some part of the staff and the equipment left the courtyard. Bradley had already left and then Colin left as well. Then some minor things were shot - extras running in the hall, surroundings, etc. And then I got kind of confused, because heck, the question was : was there filming elsewhere? I tried to judge of that from the presence of the "important" French staff members but really, I don't know. I think they shot in the Camelot street but you can't access it while there's filming, and then there were also a hell lot of knight extras on the grass in front of the castle when I left at closing time. Plus, you know, Rupert's absence all day long whereas he arrived with Colin and Bradley. Oh well, it doesn't really matter, it's amazing wherever you go. ♥

Then it was 5.30 and it was time to leave. At the beginning of the afternoon there was a lot, lot of people - amoung them a lot of visitors stopping by to see the filming, I think. At 5.30 it was 20 fans. I think we didn't want to leave ;) Oh well. I still have tomorrow.

Personal failures

I have a fucking drawing to give and I didn't dare to give it. Let me explain in three simple facts :
1. I'm shy and highly uncomfortable around the work/not-work distinction. I already had trouble deciding on coming to Pierrefonds while there was shooting. They're working, you know? And I want to respect that?
2. Hence, I was looking for some moments in which it would seem I wouldn't disturb the hell out of them in order to give the drawing. When they were installing the surroundings for scene#1, Colin and Bradley obviously weren't available as they were on the other side of the courtyard (completely inaccessible at the time) talking with Miss Redhead. When they were... what... between scene #2 and scene#3? Bradley had left but Colin stayed a little while in the "relaxation" part of the courtyard - chairs thrown away on one side of the courtyard. And I thought to myself, well, obviously he's just finished working, I'm not going to bother the hell out of him, surely there'll be a more appropriate opportunity later...
3. And of course there wasn't, and I shouldn't be expecting one. I mean, as I said, they're working. Gosh. So either I daaare to fucking give this drawing as soon as it is possible, or I decide to give it to Marie ou whoever from the French staff to then give it to them. But still, I admit I'd like to see a reaction? Even though that drawing is actually intended for all of the people working for Merlin, so really I could give it to basically anybody.

And. I also want to talk to Marie, thank her for her kindness and all. And wish good luck to the brunette. Gosh, I shall kill my shyness for one day, I swear.

Yeah, yeah, cry more as they say. Whatever, it's simply fantastic. I so hope tomorrow will be as fantastic as today, even though I won't hope too much, that was bloody incredible already. Such a chance we have, such a chance...

Villers-Cotterêts, ie the town I'm sleeping in tonight.
So we have dinner and this woman from the hotel asks us if we are "bretons" (people from Brittany, northern/western region of France), since she had seen our registration license. Yes, we are! Oh, and why are bretons here? Have you got family around Villers-Cotterêts? No, my mum says. Actually we're here, for, you know, the filming. God, mum, she's not gonna know what you're talking about, I think. Oh gosh, yes of course, I'm so ashamed I haven't got to see the filming yet!, the woman surprisingly answers. Follows a little talk where I learn that part of the staff was sleeping here last year, and she told us that the staff was so so nice. Eh eh.
And for you, fangirls : there was Dos de Colin on the menu. Litteraly, Back of Colin. Yes.
And so I must make some advertisement the hotel which is bloody fantastic. The room's big, the desk's big, the shower is bloody amazing and the bed seems nice, hard, but I like them that way. The hotel is La Bonanite.

Okay, on these words, I must leave you tonight. It's 10.30, I haven't put the photos in the post yet, and tomorrow I'm getting up "early" (8, but heck how I lack sleep). See you tomorrow! (Heck it's 1 AM now, shit. Well.)

Explanation for the non-spoiler policy?
Well, I was wondering about the wishes of the producers or whoever about the photos we may be doing during the filming. Well apparently it's all very clear : a poster states that no photo of the filming, actors, or whatever, shall be taken. However, once the filming has begun, the order becomes "no flash for the photos", because obviously they can't ask for everybody not to take photos. And then I guess there is a difference between the wishes of the producers and what the regular staff enjoys, because well, the french background actor coach did mention Youtube and said happily to the extras : "Hey, look [while pointing at us, taking photos and videos], you're on Youtube!".
So I decided for this kind of compromise, just as they wonderfully compromise with us. I don't want to "harm" the series in any way, I want this wonderful opportunity that we have to continue, but I still want to share the excitment and what I can with you all, even though I know it's hypocritical and that you'll know all about what happened today anyway ;)
... I just hope I'm not going to change my mind in like, one day, because heck how I want to share everything.



Picture policy Just to warn before you are disappointed : I have decided to not post the spoilery pictures and videos. (Except spoilers about the actors, I mean, whether or not such or such actor will appear next season) They will be posted when the concerned episode airs, ie in a few months. Dull explanation under the cut.

Rules
No hotlinking
Credit :
> Unnecessary for icons, reposting of one or two photos.
> Necessary for reposting a bunch of photos

Thanks to mum for half of the photos at least.

See you tomorrow for more photos, hopefully ! ♥
 
 
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gealach rós ッ: BJ & CM Pierrefondsgealach_ros on April 13th, 2010 11:30 pm (UTC)
Wow, what a wonderful and detailed report, AMAZING! :D
Thank you so much for putting so much work into it and sharing your experiences with other fans. \0/

And thank you so much for letting me know about your report! ♥

Have a lot of fun tomorrow and my fingers're crossed that there'll be 'the perfect moment' for you to give your drawing (which is amazing btw!) to Colin!

Merci! ♥

ETA: OMG, can you imagine my SQUEEEEEEE, when I spotted some very dear friends in one of your pics just now??? \0/

Edited at 2010-04-13 11:38 pm (UTC)
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:03 pm (UTC)
Once again, you are very welcome. I enjoyed doing this report very much, and I'm very glad to share these informations about the filming, staff and such!

The perfect moment did happen, and even more than that ;) Thank you for your crossed fingers.
lamardeuse: Arthur 02lamardeuse on April 14th, 2010 12:07 am (UTC)
OHMYGOD thank you for the pics and the great report. (And OH GOD let that scene they were shooting mean ARTHUR FINALLY KNOWS. PLEASE.)
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! (And how I hope that it will happen. Gosh it's been too long already!)
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alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
This one? I stopped mum while she was looking at her photos and fell in love with it. One of my favorites as well ♥
Well, the thing is, I heard "nowhere", but that seems kind of... strange, doesn't it? But I can't really think of anything else, because now that I thought of "nowhere", I keep hearing that whatever I do. I guess I'll just wait for the English people who heard it to tell me what it was? (Totally forgot to ask them today, gosh.) Thanks for your offer though!

I should see the extras again now, I'm sure it would be enlightening. She really is busy and lively, she's really fun to watch ♥
Stella: odd things in the dark b/cstella_owned on April 14th, 2010 01:03 am (UTC)
thank you so much for the report. that was really interesting. and great pictures! :D
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:09 pm (UTC)
You're welcome, I glad you enjoyed it!
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alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:10 pm (UTC)
Happily today there was almost nobody in the castle, so her work must have been more interesting!

You are very welcome. ♥
so many different types of sparrows!: aaangelimigination on April 14th, 2010 01:59 am (UTC)
aw, this was the most lovely write-up ever. thank you for sharing all these wonderful pictures with us, and your stories make me regret being stuck over here on this side of the pond a little less. your details are much appreciated!

oh, and that story/pic of the knight and the kid have me grinning like a fool. ;D

merci & bisous ♥!!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:11 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you enjoyed the report that way, because I must admit I was afraid at first that I would bore people. I was very surprised to see all the interest for the details and such. I enjoy so much understanding a bit better how all of this works, and I'm glad this interest is shared!

Eh eh. I didn't see it coming when he did it, that was lovely.

You're welcome! ♥
It's all socks and catsandraste_oz on April 14th, 2010 02:15 am (UTC)
Thank you for the wonderful photos, and especially for your very detailed descriptions of the background to the filming process. That interests me almost as much as the actual filming, so it's great to have a really interesting account of what happens during the course of the day!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:15 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for this comment, as I was just saying, I really didn't expect this interest for the filming process to be shared, and it makes me so glad to see it is. It is so very interesting and I love trying to understand how this works on a more general scale. So you're very welcome!
she had the face of an angel & the body of a devil: [merlin] heartsies yellownuclearsugars on April 14th, 2010 02:39 am (UTC)
Oh my goodness, this was the best thing to come home to! Thank you so so much for your detailed report. And I totally understand why you would tear up at seeing Colin and Bradley in the flesh; I nearly teared up just looking at these photos.
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:17 pm (UTC)
♥ It's good not to be the only one reacting that way. You're welcome, I'm very glad you enjoued it that much.
i need a raincoat.: Merlin - Colin lost in puffy jacketchaosmaka on April 14th, 2010 05:50 am (UTC)
OMG!
I'm speechless.
AMAZING! Thank you so much for sharing all your thoughts and writing such a great report!

I ADORE!!! this picture. Awwww!!! ♥

And your drawing looks awesome. I hope you'll get the chance to give it to them today *keeps fingers crossed*

MERCI BEACOUP! ♥
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:18 pm (UTC)
Eh eh. Without a doubt that's one picture dear to my heart.

I did have the chance. Well, not directly, but that was even more amazing, I couldn't even have dreamt of it. So thank you so so much for your crossed fingers.

You're very welcome! =D
(no subject) - chaosmaka on April 14th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC) (Expand)
robinmarianrobinmarian on April 14th, 2010 06:31 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you so much for the pics and detailed set report! You're a rockstar!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:19 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome! =)
loreley_se: Arthur Look 1loreley_se on April 14th, 2010 07:13 am (UTC)
thank you for your lovely report and pictures! It's really interesting to read as you captured a lot of details.
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:20 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I'm glad such details were enjoyed. ♥
katzgalorekatzgalore on April 14th, 2010 07:16 am (UTC)
This is such a great set report with brilliant pictures. Thank you so much for taking the time to compile it! I really enjoyed the stories about the production staff, especially the legendary Marie. How wonderful that they were all so nice and accomodating :)

Your picture is amazing, I really hope you get the chance to give it to someone who will love it! I'm really glad that all of the fangirls at Pierrefonds are extremely considerate and I completely empathise with your nerves about approaching the actors, I would find it very hard to do as well. But I hope you get your chance and go for it!

Thanks again and I hope you have lots more fun! :)
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I did take a lot of time, but apparently it's very worth it, seeing how everybody enjoyed these details. I wasn't expecting it, but I'm so glad to see such an interest for the filming process and the production staff. Their work is amazing and they deserve such an interest.

I did "get the chance", and in the most perfect way possible, I wouldn't even have dreamt of it ♥ While not disturbing them. So that was really the most perfect way.

Thank you!
ravenflight21: Leon smileravenflight21 on April 14th, 2010 08:41 am (UTC)
I enjoyed your report and pix so much. I love all the detail you included about the crew and extras and filming. Thank you so much for telling us about it!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:23 pm (UTC)
You're very welcome. Thank you for having an interest in all of this ♥
Sheeris~Jemima: I can film myself :Dsheeris_jemima on April 14th, 2010 08:52 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for this report, even if it kept me up way too long last night because I just HAD to read it ;) It was really interesting and you took a lot of great pics and it really brought a smile to my face!

Hopefully you're having lots of fun back at the castle right now and have the opportunity to give that amazing drawing to somebody :) I'm definitely keeping my fingers crossed here!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:25 pm (UTC)
Aah damn, I'm sorry, I know that way too much and it annoys me like hell to stay up late because of a text. Even though I do realize it's very positive for my report, but well ;) I hope you can catch up on your sleeping in some way!

I did, and it was beyond what I could even imagine. This staff is definitely amazing, it kills me. So thank you so very much for your crossed fingers! ♥
Kathyh: Kathyh Merlin M&A2kathyh on April 14th, 2010 08:54 am (UTC)
Thank you so much for the really fascinating report. It was really interesting to read all the details of the work that goes on behind the scenes.
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:26 pm (UTC)
You are welcome, and I'm very glad you took such an interest in these details and in the general process of the filming.
Julie: Merlin - M&A 'Come in Closer'julie_izumi on April 14th, 2010 09:01 am (UTC)
Excellent!
Merci beaucoup pour tout ces détails, on s'y croirait ! :D
J'adorerais y faire un tour aussi, mais je suis trop loin et j'ai pas de vacances en ce moment...!
En tout cas, ça fait rêver ! J'espère que ta 2ème journée là-bas était aussi chouette que celle-ci, voire plus, et que tu as pu donner le dessin (qui est super beau !)
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:29 pm (UTC)
C'est vrai que je ne me rendais pas franchement compte jusqu'ici, mais avec la plupart des reports, on ne peut pas vraiment avoir une idée de comment se déroule une journée ah ah. Mais c'est vrai qu'écrire autant prend un sacré bout de temps, et je comprends que tout le monde ne veuille pas le faire.

Ah, mince! J'espère que t'auras la chance d'y aller un de ces quatre, peut-être cet été?
Oh que oui ma seconde journée a été aussi chouette, voire bien plus, merci de l'avoir espéré ! =)
joan_waterhouse: *happy* - Kayleejoan_waterhouse on April 14th, 2010 09:40 am (UTC)
Wow! Thank you for this detailed report! I really enjoyed reading about how they go about their work. :)

I hope you find an opportunity to give them your drawing. *crosses fingers*
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:30 pm (UTC)
You're welcome!

I did! In the most incredible way possible. This staff is amazing. Thank you so much for your crossed fingers ♥
snowbab: merlin magic smilesnowbab on April 14th, 2010 10:06 am (UTC)
Thanks for the report it's really interesting :D And that picture is amazing btw!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:31 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Thank you very much for the picture ♥ I kind of did it the day before leaving until 5AM but well, it was worth it!
Esmeralda: Merlin/Arthur; centuries of legendla_esmeralda_ on April 14th, 2010 10:11 am (UTC)
wow, this is an amazing report, thank you for sharing all the wonderful details! The Merlin/Arthur scene seems super interesting, and I hope you get a chance to give them that gorgeous picture!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I must admit I was so glad to get to see a scene with these two, as their interactions are my favorites. And I did have the chance to give this drawing, and it was bloody fantastic, more than I could even imagine ♥ So thank you for hoping so!
(no subject) - la_esmeralda_ on April 14th, 2010 10:53 pm (UTC) (Expand)
(no subject) - alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:56 pm (UTC) (Expand)
Starrynightstarrynight111 on April 14th, 2010 11:44 am (UTC)
Thank you for this extensive set report and pictures!!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
You are very welcome!
tenshunts on April 14th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Thankyou so much for your wonderful report and news and the pictures and I hope you have a chance to present your beautiful artwork to the actors!
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:34 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! I did have the chance, it was literally incredible, so thank you for your hope! ♥
winwin7: Angelwinwin7 on April 14th, 2010 12:39 pm (UTC)
Thanks for writing a detailed description of the trip.It is very nice that you took time to write about the crews also.Hope you have another great day:)
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:35 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much, and you are very welcome! :)
Ssmoonyc on April 14th, 2010 03:59 pm (UTC)
Wonderful recap post! Isn't Pierrefonds amazing! I have to say, when I was there last week (1 of 3 American fans), I pretty much only got close to filming for a few minutes and then just sat back on the steps and watched from there.

I also have that whole dilemma with "they're working and I dont want to bother them" sort of thing, but was able to meet Tony Head because it was before he began working that day, so it wasn't too bad :D
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:37 pm (UTC)
Oh yes it is! I'm so glad I've been able to go there. I hope to come back!

Aah, it's great when actors come before they have to work! I'm lucky concerning my dilemma, in the end I didn't disturb them and yet it was all kind of fantastic and unbelievable. I'm glad you got the chance to meet him!
Malkav's Den: mordredsouzoukyuuketsu on April 14th, 2010 08:41 pm (UTC)
Wow your drawing was brilliant! SO bad we didn't get to see it "IRL" :p I know I would have loved to. The colours are amazing ^^
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:46 pm (UTC)
Hello you! Yes, I kind of wondered at one point - well, just before the opening of the castle- if maybe I should show it, and then I told myself that nah, wasn't worth it, and such and such. Gosh. Thank you! And I'm sorry about your gift, I didn't quite know what to say, and I'm not sure there was something to say anyway. I just hope that you will get an answer!
And damn, you draw insanely well! I always have the hardest time trying to draw the actors but gosh, your Merlin in The Dreaming is fantastic.

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Kironomikironomi on April 14th, 2010 08:46 pm (UTC)
Thank you so much for the report and the photos.I am glad you're not posting the other stuff as well.It's not worth it, it will only spoil the third season.
alhia on April 14th, 2010 10:47 pm (UTC)
You're welcome! Well, I would understand why people would be interested in it, I myself loved it as some kind of teaser, but it's just out of respect for the production I guess?
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