February - Kesernyés
At the director's request, the G (Hukkle is produced by him)
finds board and lodging in a little humpy village. The village
happened to be Ozora. (For easier understanding, let us call
the village on its imaginary name, Kesernyés, which means Bittervile.)
The script is being made. The conception: to write the story
for genuine scenes and actors.
March-April - Kesernyés
Preparing the shooting.
May 22 - Kesernyés
Shooting on S16.
The first day. In the morning, at the eight o'clock meeting,
most of the crew is missing. After a short quarrel on the next
days the crew is not been late anymore. But there is a bigger
problem: the rain is pouring, and - of course - we planned a
half day outdoors shooting. More than that, although it was
promised, most of the extras didn't came, and the cameraman
didn't arrived with the milk train. Everybody is looking for
actors in the village. One of the entrepreneur ladies of the
village, the owner of the pub helps us. After ten minutes there
are coming some people to the pub. We know that they came for
shooting, because they ordered drinks on the crew's account.
The cameraman arrives, he puts the lights in no time, and we
finally start the shooting. By the time we have to shoot outdoors,
the sun comes out.
May 23 - Kesernyés
The second day of shooting.
The locust-tree just shads its blossoms, the bees almost finished
collecting he pollen. We planned to shoot at the Beekeeper's
ranch. But the rain from the day before made impossible for
us to take the equipment there. The crewmembers don't mind that
for the day they've got away with the meeting with thousands
Although - excepting the optic line - we put all the equipment
on a tractor's trailer, we don't manage to bear with the mud.
So, we start to shoot the scene planned for the next day on
a scene much approachable, but we have just a half-day to do
it. In despair we enter the pub garden, in the meantime the
production is looking for a hare, a guinea fowl, a hors carriage
and two edible snails for the scene. We pull away Aunt Mary
form lunch, because she has to play in the scene we have to
shoot on a hill nearby. By the time the camera arrives on the
hill, and the Panther is put together, the G arrives with the
lunch. Instead of the guinea fowl figured in the script, they
find only a speckled one, but for the crew from Budapest, the
difference occurred only at the end of shooting. We made the
last snits at sunset. And we haven't finished
In the evening we are awaited in the pub with pork sausages
May 24 - Kesernyés
The third day of shooting.
We must approach the Beekeeper's farm. Dóczi, the chief lighting
man left on the still muddy fields with a minibus bought a few
weeks ago stuffed with equipment. He gets stuck after 30 meters.
All four wheels of the minibus are running out. We call the
G, but there is no signal in Kesernyés. So, we have to wait
for the rest of the crew that has to arrive after an hour according
disposition. They arrive, but they can't get through because
of the stoke minibus. In short time, the G's crew gets a tractor
that helps to take out the minibus. We put the equipment on
the tractor's trailer. The crew is taken to the scene by a horse-carriage.
But on the way up, the carriage beam broke. The old coachman
calmly makes a hole on the beam, solves the problem, and invites
the crew to join the ride. Everybody is go by foot. Here turns
out that the crew photographer is allergic to bee-sting, and
he may die from one sting. Finally we manage to get to the farm.
The beekeeper is surprised to find us there; he has too much
work. Despite of that he is willing to stop and to play in the
film, as we agreed.
Is already noon when we start to work. Surrounded by six million
bees, we manage to get away with only one sting. Exactly the
focuspuller, Andras Ignacz gets the bite, because he has to
stay the nearest to the bees. By the end of the day our photographer,
buttoned up takes the courage to enter the farm (only for two
minutes) to take some pictures. We went for the village on other
way, by the stream shore, on the platform of Uncle Pista's Barkas,
in the company of some siphon bottles. At the end of shooting
we go home to Budapest.
Submitting the tender for ORTT. After "Hunnia" having
rejected the script, "Mokép" submits it.
The advisory board of ORTT votes for the film "Hukkle"
23 million HUF needed for start.