The crew and Ronnie and Ram Murali (AD) sorted lights and blocked out most of the scene in the drawing room (the concert scene) and the dining room. Meanwhile Zuzana Frasova, the UPM, was running around making sure everything was under control. The actors started the morning with a rehearsal of the central dinner scene, but they were being served jam filled donuts. The rooms are looking pretty amazing and so are the actors in their smart evening dress. Joy Glaister did the make up, hair and costume. Laura Moss, the artistic director, arrived to my great joy (I am the art assistant). She’d had some serious delays coming out of New York, but rather impressively, rallied and ran around dressing the set with the help of Michael. She’s been getting very excited by all the weird animals and beasts around the house.

In the afternoon the lens from Arri arrived. It’s ginormous because of a slight misunderstanding.(It’s got a zoom from 18 to 290–I think) The picture below is of everyone admiring the crazy lens, by Benjamin Stoll, who is playing Alexander. Behind Ronnie are Richard (Peter Lobkowicz) and Fleur (Johanna Gagern).

At long last this evening there was a costume rehearsal of the scene in which Eudile (Faye Angelina Amaris), a harpist and guest, plays a concert for her friends. One by one, starting with Priscilla (Julia Thurnau and Hieronymus (Andreas Berg), quickly followed by Esmeralde (Micky La Rosee), Richard, Fleur, Alexander and Henry (Peter Kollmann).

A long day ahead of us tomorrow with shooting starting first thing in the morning.