Sunday 24 April 2011, 11:00
"We've found the penalty spot," is the cry I hear from one of the art department as he manfully digs at the vast white blanket of snow, under which is a football pitch - apparently.
It was always going to be dicey, weather-wise, to film in the north in late November and early December, but to encounter the worst winter since records began was rather testing to say the least.
Also, in making a drama rather than a documentary, we had to make editorial choices.
We never intended this film to be the definitive story of the Babes and the crash - that would be impossible.
For me, drama works best when it focuses on one or two people. So our film is only one story, one aspect.
We could have told 50 other stories, focused on 50 different people. And they all would have been as valid.
But we chose, at the beginning of the project, to focus on the stories of Jimmy Murphy and Bobby Charlton, which means many people associated with the club and the crash don't appear or feature in the film.
That's not because they weren't as important, or because we didn't research our facts, but because in this one film we can only tell one story.
I kept getting asked if we cast actors who could play football?
But although it's a film about a football club, we consciously avoided most 'actual' football.
Not that our cast weren't quite tasty with a ball. Some were, in fact, very good players, but the football is not really the point.
This is the story of a team, a band of brothers, who experience a tragedy and then attempt to survive. In a sense they could have been soldiers, miners, or any group or family.
United is a human story of how, in the face of terrible loss, the human spirit endures. And we were blessed with a quite extraordinary cast to deliver this.
I sat and watched the film alone in a cinema yesterday and I wept again - it still gets me every time, and trust me I've seen it hundreds of times.
Every time I cry at just how sad and shocking the events we are portraying were and how incredible it was and how big an impact it had not just on those involved, but the whole country.
As one fan I spoke to said, It was the Diana of its day, in an era not given over to false sentiment or emotion.
So I'm very pleased with the film, but more relieved that it is the vision we wanted to portray.
Others will no doubt pick holes and have their opinions - but my intention in making this film was to be as truthful as possible to the facts, and to honour the people by making the best film possible, to be enjoyed and remembered.
Everyone involved in the film gave 110% (to borrow a footballing cliché) and worked tirelessly to achieve this, sometimes in the most difficult conditions.
I thank you all and salute your genius - I truly believe it was worth all the effort.
I hope United will be seen by millions of people (fingers crossed) so everyone will know of the incredible Busby Babes, their amazing achievements and their memory will live on.
Back on set, the good news is the diggers have managed to clear the penalty area - the bad news is it has started snowing again.
James Strong is the director of United.
As a companion piece to United, BBC Two will be showing a documentary, Sir Bobby Charlton: Football Icon on Thursday, 28 April at 9pm.
John Motson has written an overview of Sir Bobby Charlton's career for Inside Sport.
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