One year ago today I was packing for a four day trip to Scotland and Ireland. This was a scouting and meeting trip for that project that is no longer nameless: Game of Thrones. I was excited to be employed with HBO after a few previous false starts. I was also excited to go on location again as travel is a big deal for me and when someone else pays (even though it is still work) I love it even more.
On 9/15 we (me and the VFX Supervisor) flew from LAX to LHR to EDI and were picked up by the other department heads and went to Doune Castle for a scout and discussions. This is where I first met most of the gang.
It was surreal as always to get right off a plane after flying ten to twelve hours and start working, but luckily the discussions were pretty straightforward. And having work to do keeps you awake through the afternoon.
After about two hours there, we got back in the vans and drove to GLA, then hopped a plane to BHD. Belfast City Airport is small and there is a huge IKEA at one end of the runway. I like to imagined that you exit the aircraft then collect your luggage and any new household items you might need before finding your hotel transport. No such luck.
Everyone was amazing and it was nice to meet people who I had only emailed with or spoken to on the phone. My favorite was Katrina who dealt with my travel info. She would occasionally call to confirm info and her calls always started with "Hello lovely lady!" Such a sweet way to begin business.
It was a whirlwind trip and I got to start my love affair with one of my favorite restaurants: The Barking Dog. If the Barking Dog were in LA, I'd be there every week or so. The food is great, the atmosphere cozy and stylish and they play great music too. (We Shazamed about 10 songs when I ate there with Kurt.)
I would be back to Belfast about ten days after that to start the job in full. Little did I expect that I would become "famous" in certain circles or that I would make a lot of great new friends online. I also didn't realize that the not so happy days on set would inspire me to do so many new, creative and exciting things in 2010.
And I was given a nickname by B Camera crew which they assure me was a not a slight: Lady Battenberg. But you never can be too sure with camera crews...
What a year it's been. Can't wait to see where I am one year from now. Here's hoping I'll be scouting locations for my own tv series.