Dear Rob & Terry,
I want to give you and the Discworld fans, many who have written to me, an update as to our filming plans for Going Postal.
We are planning to commence filming in Budapest at the beginning of May 2009. The shoot will last 9 weeks, which will take us into July.
The day-to-day filming schedule will be issued much nearer the shoot, probably in mid April. This will follow the recces and planning in Budapest that is currently taking place.
When the schedule is issued, I will advise you of the days we are planning to shoot crowd scenes.
I should stress that we will have plenty of Hungarian extras to complete scenes on these crowd days however, if a limited number of invited fans are interested to make their own way to Hungary and accommodate themselves in Budapest, we would be very pleased to welcome them on set. The current plan is to have one central Budapest pick up point, and at an allocated time we would pick them up and transport them to the set.
There are a few notes of caution, which people should bear in mind if contemplating the trip:
We have to reserve the right not to film the crowd scenes on the days which are scheduled. To explain; most of the crowd scenes are filmed outdoors and if the weather is bad, we may not film in the open on that selected day and we would have to cancel the crowd scenes to film other scenes inside a studio (weather cover scenes). However, we would still pick up the fans that have made the effort to travel and bring them to set for a tour and meet with the producers, which will probably last about an hour or so, but we would have to reschedule the scenes to another day.
Once we announce the day when people are welcome to join us in Budapest, please do not just turn up on spec as access to the set will be by invitation only. There will only be a limited number of allocated coach seats and the studios are in the countryside well outside of Budapest
The other issue that I should point out at this time is that we are not in a position to guarantee “Premiere screening tickets” to anyone at present, whether you have joined us on set or not.
As to what you will receive from us in the form of recompense; everybody who does don a costume and is involved in the filming will receive the same fee as a Hungarian extra, which is about £25UKP.
Sorry to throw out some negatives here, but I want people to fully realise what we can offer to you in Budapest if you are planning to travel.
We really do appreciate people’s support of our filming, especially on set, where the fans who made the trips to Horsley Towers and Pinewood, were a fantastic addition to the atmosphere of the movie.
I will supply more information right here as we get nearer to filming.
Thanks and all best wishes.
Rod Brown – Producer
The Mob Film Company