Bahamas Trip Update #4

by Michael Sellers

Quick notes is all I have time for…..we’re off an running in fifteen minutes:

Yesterday was another long and fruitful day. We did crew interviews all morning and are finding some good local crew — more than were available the first time. We feel we have found at least a half dozen whom we can hire but we still have to bring quite a large contingent from the US. We are committed as part of our effort to help develop the film industry here to use Bahamians whenever we can.

Mid-day, we took another trip down to Smith’s Point where we met with 93 year old “Ma Flo”, the matriarch of the town. She was in good health and spirits, and “held court” with us sitting in a circle around her for half an hour.

In the afternoon we spent 3 hours going over the budget line by line, making adjustments and identifying areas that need more attention.

Late afternoon it was back to Smith’s Point where we made a great find — a house for Hawk and family that is much better and more convenient than the one we had last time. (The one last time was not actually in Smith’s Point – it was in a place called Barbary Beach which is a 25 minute drive from Smith’s Point and is very difficult from a number of perspectives.) This house has a terrific, interesting interior that is very suitable for Hawk and family so that’s a major box that is now checked.

We also looked at half a dozen other houses in Smith’s Point and nearby areas — possible crew housing and office space.

Last stop before coming back to Port Lucaya was to look at boats — we saw three that are being proposed.

And finally back to Port Lucya in time for dinner with Chris Herrod, who played the attorney in Eye of the Dolphin and is a native of Nassau, and some of the marine department from Pirates of the Carribbean and Sea Wolf, a German film that is shooting here in April.

Here are some pix from yesterday:

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~ by Michael D. Sellers on March 14, 2008.

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