How about getting paid to appear as an extra in the family blockbuster movie – Peter Rabbit – of 2018 that is being filmed in the Lake District next month?
We’re so excited. For the first time, Beatrix Potter’s collection of Peter Rabbit tales are being brought to life for the big screen in a new live-action/animation movie. Peter Rabbit the movie, is being created by non-other than Animal Logic who were responsible for global blockbuster The LEGO Movie.
So your day’s work, of which there are two to three days up for grabs, would involve rubbing shoulders with the likes of Rose Byrne who stars as lead female ‘Bea’ and Domhnall Gleeson who’s the ‘bad guy’, Mr. McGregor.
James Cordon, lends his voice to our beloved blue-jacketed Peter Rabbit, who, of course, takes the lead role.
It’s expected that the specialised production of this film, blending live-action and animation, will involve a 600 strong visual effects team.
Peter Rabbit, set for worldwide release in April 2018, is being made by non-other than American film studio Columbia Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures, and so low budget it will not be.
The only caveat, ‘no cameras or mobile phones on set’. Think you could be without your treasured mobile to hang out on an international film set? We know we could. Oh, and we may just be. Read on.
Loved globally, Peter Rabbit and friends is a collection of children’s stories featuring animal characters and landscape inspired by the author’s time living in the Lake District, in Northern England. Beatrix Potter published 23 original tales in the Peter Rabbit series and lived in the Lake District village of Near Sawrey, Hawkshead.
The rolling hillsides and quaint farming life of the Lake District is integral to the Peter Rabbit stories and wanting to give the movie authenticity, the Lakes has made the cut and filming is set to take place around Ambleside and Windermere in April this year.
In fact, Lakelovers Lake District cottages’ very own Windermere office frontage has been shortlisted too! More details to follow fans.
Fancy appearing in this world-first adaptation ? Casting agency, Piece of Cake, are currently looking for local people to apply to appear alongside Hollywood actors and actresses.
“We need to find some wonderful people from the Lake District to be in the film and they will be paid while being on set,”
Piece of Cake.
So that you don’t trip up when working alongside A-list film stars, some terms you may need to know if considering applying:
The casting agency are looking for ‘friendly, reliable, enthusiastic’ Lake District hopefuls to enjoy the fun on set, in locations in Ambleside and Windermere.
Other set locations for this mystery hit movie include America and the Antipodes, with filming in London and the Lake District starting this Spring.
Whilst the camera crew’s job will be to find the perfect angles and dreamy light, of which there is an abundance here in the Lake District, we ponder which of our super attractions in Ambleside and Windermere will catch the trained eye of the locations team.
From picturesque and romantic ye olde English cottages in Ambleside to a remote fellside farmstead; chocolate-box Lakeside resort or villainous boathouse getaways; Ambleside’s curious 17th Century Bridge House, teetering atop a tiny bridge; and mystical goings on at Ambleside Galava Roman Fort Roman Fort?
What adventures will the director Will Gluck come up with for Peter and his troop of fearless friends. What do you think? We are intrigued.
The beauty of the Lake District has long attracted the wealthy, with many of the UK’s industrialists escaping to Lake Windermere. Cottages and rural retreats here were the playgrounds of the rich and famous and would make fabulous film locations. From the Arts & Crafts house, Blackwell, to the Victorian gardens of Fell Foot, there’s so much choice.
With such clever CGI used in many of today’s blockbusters, these days it is often very hard to spot movie scene locations. From the recently released Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which used footage of Derwentwater, to 1987 black comedy Withnail and I, film production has changed dramatically.
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That last shot of the day, the ‘Martini’, signals the end of an often long and boring day eking out the very best of the dawn and dusk light, and the start of valuable downtime for the crew and cast.
Ambleside, with ten pubs and bars within a quarter-mile radius, is a very welcoming and hospitable hub. Yet at the very heart of the Lake District, it remains private and protected, to the north by the imposing peaks of the Central fells, the craggy towers of the Langdale and Coniston ranges to the west and England’s longest lake, Windermere to its south.
Windermere town itself is only a short dash from Junction 36 on the M6, and indeed the A591 is one of the best driving experiences in the UK, so this is not necessarily the most private of locations but superb for a quick getaway! That said, the sister resort, Bowness, is only 2 miles away, and offers upmarket hospitality and privacy.
Will the jet set head to the Lake District’s upmarket pub, the Drunken Duck, at Outgate close to many of our Ambleside cottages, for some downtime?
Or more centrally, whilst Zeffirellis, Ambleside’s 5 screen cinema, or arthouse Studio Cinema Fellinis, perhaps won’t get a visit from performers looking for some time out, but their vegetarian restaurant and live jazz music venue will satisfy the particular diets of the Hollywood A-listers.
If it all gets too much, our movie stars could take some time out in the ‘gem pit’ in Ambleside’s ‘The Rock Shop’ or maybe a little method acting among the life-size characters at The World of Beatrix Potter!
Of course, Beatrix Potter’s home Hill Top House, in Near Sawrey, is only a very short and fuss-free ferry crossing over Windermere and will provide the perfect inspiration. As per Potter’s will, the cottage remains a 17th Century time-capsule of the author’s life where you can imagine Tom Kitten getting up to no good!
If there’s time, a hike up and past the shops and Cottages in Windermere to Orrest Head or from Ambleside to Loughrigg would be perfect for exercising vocal chords. An early morning sail on Windermere around Belle Island would make for some peaceful line rehearsals. A spot of improvisation could go unnoticed at the mock-gothic Wray Castle or Victorian ‘pleasure ground’ on the west coast, Claife Viewing Station.
If the Lake District’s beautiful May sunshine is out, the cast may unwind at The Wateredge Inn, which has a relaxing beer garden right on Lake Windermere and is dog friendly too for any famous four-legged stars. In fact, this is just what the entire cast of Snow White did, after filming in Langdale. Well, this was in October and so they enjoyed the open fires and friendly hospitality inside instead!