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I had a phone call one night from a BBC radio
producer whose office was next door to
another client of mine at Teddington Studios.
He'd just seen my showreel. Would I be
interested in shooting a Shakespeare stage
production in Jordan? There was no money
available: he was doing it as a favour to an old
friend, the Director of the Original
Shakespeare Co. who had been invited to
stage Midsummer Night's Dream at the Jerash
Arts Festival. So a few weeks later the Company and I all tootled off to Amman,
courtesy of the Jordanian Government. Jerash is a huge, excavated Roman city at the
crossroads of the old spice-trading route and the Silk Road, an hour north of Amman.
The Company's two performances, each to a packed audience, were in a temple that had
been rigged with about eight 10Kw spotlights right at the back and nothing else: not ideal
- I spent half the shoot trying to keep my own shadow out of the picture.
But the shows were a great success, after which the whole troupe and film crew had the
luxury of a bus and driver for three days. Dead Sea first - extraordinary experience -
then on to Wadi Rum (launching pad for Lawrence of Arabia's attack on the Turks at
Aqaba in WW1) for a desert sunset and an overnight with the Bedouin. Next day on to
Petra, John Burgon's astonishing 'Rose-red City, half as Old as Time'. The mile long walk
through the gash in the rock called the 'Siq' opens out onto the 'Treasury', just visible
here. Ideally, you need several days for a proper exploration of the whole Nabataean/
Roman site - it's enormous - and a knowledgeable guide is probably a good idea too.
I had a phone call one night from a BBC radio producer whose office was next door to
another client of mine at Teddington Studios. He'd just seen my showreel. Would I be
interested in shooting a Shakespeare stage production in Jordan? There was no money
available: he was doing it as a favour to an old friend, the Director of the Original
Shakespeare Co. who had been invited to stage Midsummer Night's Dream at the Jerash
Arts Festival. So a few weeks later the Company and I all tootled off to Amman, courtesy
of the Jordanian Government. Jerash is a huge, excavated Roman city at the crossroads
of the old spice-trading route and the Silk Road, an hour north of Amman. The
Company's two performances, each to a packed audience, were in a temple that had
been rigged with about eight 10Kw spotlights right at the back and nothing else: not ideal
- I spent half the shoot trying to keep my own shadow out of the picture.
But the shows were a great success, after which the whole troupe and film crew had the
luxury of a bus and driver for three days. Dead Sea first - extraordinary experience -
then on to Wadi Rum (launching pad for Lawrence of Arabia's attack on the Turks at
Aqaba in WW1) for a desert sunset and an overnight with the Bedouin. Next day on to
Petra, John Burgon's astonishing 'Rose-red City, half as Old as Time'. The mile long walk
through the gash in the rock called the 'Siq' opens out onto the 'Treasury', just visible
here. Ideally, you need several days for a proper exploration of the whole Nabataean/
Roman site - it's enormous - and a knowledgeable guide is probably a good idea too.
I had a phone call one night from a BBC radio
producer whose office was next door to another
client of mine at Teddington Studios. He'd just
seen my showreel. Would I be interested in
shooting a Shakespeare stage production in
Jordan? There was no money available: he was
doing it as a favour to an old friend, the Director
of the Original Shakespeare Co. who had been
invited to stage Midsummer Night's Dream at
the Jerash Arts Festival. So a few weeks later the
Company and I all tootled off to Amman, courtesy of the Jordanian Government. Jerash is a
huge, excavated Roman city at the crossroads of the old spice-trading route and the Silk
Road, an hour north of Amman. The Company's two performances, each to a packed
audience, were in a temple that had been rigged with about eight 10Kw spotlights right at
the back and nothing else: not ideal - I spent half the shoot trying to keep my own shadow
out of the picture.
But the shows were a great success, after which the whole troupe and film crew had the
luxury of a bus and driver for three days. Dead Sea first - extraordinary experience - then
on to Wadi Rum (launching pad for Lawrence of Arabia's attack on the Turks at Aqaba in
WW1) for a desert sunset and an overnight with the Bedouin. Next day on to Petra, John
Burgon's astonishing 'Rose-red City, half as Old as Time'. The mile long walk through the
gash in the rock called the 'Siq' opens out onto the 'Treasury', just visible here. Ideally, you
need several days for a proper exploration of the whole Nabataean/ Roman site - it's
enormous - and a knowledgeable guide is probably a good idea too.

Petra

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I had a phone call one night from a BBC radio producer whose office was next door to another client of mine at Teddington Studios. He'd just seen my showreel.  Would I be interested in shooting a Shakespeare stage production in Jordan? There was no money available: he was doing it as a favour to an old friend, the Director of the Original Shakespeare Co. who had been invited to stage Midsummer Night's Dream at the Jerash Arts Festival.  So a few weeks later the Company and I all tootled off to Amman, courtesy of the Jordanian Government. Jerash is a huge, excavated Roman city at the crossroads of the old spice-trading route and the Silk Road, an hour north of Amman. The Company's two performances, each to a packed audience, were in a temple that had been rigged with about eight 10Kw spotlights right at the back and nothing else: not ideal - I spent half the shoot trying to keep my own shadow out of the picture.
But the shows were a great success, after which the whole troupe and film crew had the luxury of a bus and driver for three days.  Dead Sea first - extraordinary experience - then on to Wadi Rum (launching pad for Lawrence of Arabia's attack on the Turks at Aqaba in WW1) for a desert sunset and an overnight with the Bedouin.  Next day on to Petra, John Burgon's astonishing 'Rose-red City, half as Old as Time'. The mile long walk through the gash in the rock called the 'Siq' opens out onto the 'Treasury', just visible here. Ideally, you need several days for a proper exploration of the whole Nabataean/ Roman site - it's enormous - and a knowledgeable guide is probably a good idea too. 
Petra
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