In addition to planning the shoot with Susanna, 1st Assistant Director Rad Neville has spent the last few weeks putting together a hugely detailed schedule featuring every one of the nearly 400 scenes in the drama, each of the 50+ characters, and running over 71 shooting days, through into early June.
Conventional wisdom dictates that it's best to begin a shoot with some minor scenes that come halfway through the story. This way, if the scenes turn out to be not so good, they will be surrounded by stronger scenes and the early mistakes won't be exposed.
On this shoot, however, Susanna and Rad have scheduled the first three days with three massive scenes from episode 1 which show Rochester and Jane's first meetings. It's a risky strategy - if the scenes are weak and tentative, then the first episode could be compromised. But the actors love it - it means they can act their way into their characters; they can find out who they are through their first scenes together.
With the rain still pouring down, we pump the valley full of fog and set up for Jane and Rochester's first ever meeting.
Mud, cold, horses, fog, dogs, and rain beating down on us all day. Ruth, Toby and crew do brilliantly. Despite the conditions, the scene looks brilliant. Dramatic, romantic, exciting.
There's more special effects work the next day when we are at Ilam Youth Hostel shooting young Jane's arrival at Lowood School. The special effects team spray a massive area with white foam. It looks like snow - cold and forbidding, the perfect frosty welcome to the awful school. It costs a fortune! The audience will see snow, I just see foamed money.
It's the first day for young Georgie Henley, fresh from her success in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. At ten years old, her talent, concentration and temperament are astonishing. And what's more, she looks just like Ruth Wilson. She's perfect.
Diederick previously produced the first three series of Cutting It, and two of the ShakespeaRe-Told dramas, including the Bafta-nominated Much Ado About Nothing.
After Jane Eyre, he's moving on to become Executive Producer of EastEnders.
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