VIPs go AWOL
Generally speaking, it’s pretty important when you’re shooting a video that the subject of said video turns up. Never more so than when you are interviewing them one-on-one, direct to camera, for a beauty brand’s next digital campaign. Unfortunately, our Production Runner Laura found this out the hard way.
“When a woman went AWOL a week before a shoot started, I became so much more than the runner – I was a spy. I gathered intelligence on the woman through every major social media channel for any information possible. Could that friend she went to Majorca with in 2011 reunite us...?
I became a stalker – I contacted the subject in any way I knew how, whilst remaining on the right side of the law to avoid a restraining order. I called her multiple times a day; I sent easy-breezy WhatsApps (‘Call me whenever you get a minute!’); I slid into her Instagram DMs. I even ordered a car to pick her up at her home address on the day of the shoot, in the vain hope she might just get into it.
So in the biggest ‘did she/didn’t she’ cliffhanger of the century – no, she did not get into the car. In fact, she never actually acknowledged my existence after initially agreeing to be involved in the shoot. It taught me a couple of very valuable lessons for the future: 1) get that contract signed ASAP, and 2) always, always have a plan B. In our case, that was a camera-ready plan B all prepped to take centre stage – which fortunately we did.”
Disclaimer: Don’t worry, the woman is definitely alive and well. There’s been a recent sighting of her on Laura’s Instagram eating a “delicious looking” brunch.