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Big thanks to everyone who gave their efforts for pennies to get this project off the ground. Here are as many of them as we could grab snaps in the heat of battle.

SPOILER - You may find some of these people scarier than the film...

Louise Ludgate (Karen) and Hamish Wilson (Charlie). Big round of applause!!! Louise didn't eat Robert for breakfast, although she probably could have done. And Hamish agreed to let Sarah cut his beard off as if it had been done by a blind woman with an obsession. (Which may be the way she normally does beards - we didn't ask.)

Hope Ross, heroine.


Not only did she agree to get made up to look well short of her red carpet best (i.e. on death's door) but the fact that she made the shoot at all deserves a medal.

Hope slipped on the ice and broke her arm two days before the shoot. We couldn't believe she was still up for it - but she decided to soldier on. A full stookie would have required a bit of major rescripting. "I know I've been trapped in the flat for weeks, starving to death, but I found some plaster of paris in a cupboard..."

As it was, Sarah cut her cardy to go over the real sling, then put a fake one over the top. The new lines now read: Karen - "What've you done to your arm?" Mother - "I fell. It's nothing." How did we have the nerve to get her to say that? She was in agony. And of course, with the white contact lenses, she couldn't see either.

Tony Donaldson, scary Evangelist. "Neglect and guilt!" Scared us, big time.

Aurora Palko, glowing. "Mum... If I think I see one, why do I have to look away?"

"Cos if you look right at it you'll grow up like that Louise Ludgate, that's why!"

Julie looking very convincing as an Alzheimers Scotland collector. Certainly fooled a few passing randoms who popped in some cash on the way by. And of course the money did go to the charity, so we now have a warm glow.

And now for the stars behind the scenes - the unsung heroes who work for little reward, creating their own brand of magic. The people who'd moan if they didn't get a mention.

Simply couldn't have happened without Assistant Producer Keith Douglas, who put up a substantial chunk of budget to get things moving. Heartfelt thanks. See you in Cannes, Keith!

And Dougie McEwan, who lent us the flat and basically lost his home for a week. What can we say? This is him during the shoot trying to pretend it's OK really and we're honestly not in the way.

Producer Katie Crook, with typical miserable expression. Come on Katie - it'll all be fine in the end.

Katie's own company is Blue Iris Films:


Ace DOP Jan Pester, man of shadows and mystery. This is the expression which says, last shot coming up, then we just have hours of de-rig, then I'm off to my scratcher..

Mr Focus - Mits M'Itwamwari, in a typical blur of activity, hoisting the camera as if it were a bag of feathers.

Donald, from the Red army factions.

Steve Arthur, Gaffer, from Lighttrack. We've never seen a gaffer RUN before during a shoot. Either he really really enjoys it, or he has a bladder problem.

Whatever - thanks Steve!

Robert Etherson, Grips. Man of muscle. Man of steel. Man of flat thumb. Hope it's feeling better, Robert. More effort above and beyond the call of duty.

We'd like the lens about here, says Jan, putting his hand out into space above a sixty foot drop. And Robert somehow manages to achieve it.

Dave Thom, Assistant Gaffer. Who didn't want his photy took too much. But we got him.

Sound Recordist, Merlin Bonning. Magic name, magic bloke. Is that a wand he's holding?




Rocca Gutteridge, Art Department Assistant. Props and Monsters. Shadows'r'us. Here, Lousie pulls her boots off Rocca. We had to explain to Rocca that Elementals don't wear trainers. A nice pear of leather boots, however...

Script Supervisor Ollie Sproul-Cran studies the storyboards and script. He finds them a real laugh.
Sarah Cairncross, Make-up and Wardrobe. If she can make a corpse look good, then she might even be able to do something for Robert.

Katherine Kennedy, runner on The Elemental, but Big Star and doyenne of the Half Cut Scottish Students Film Festival at St Andrews. Check it out at http://www.ontherocksfestival.com/half-cut.html

Neil Cammock, Stills. Big thanks for the shots which have ended up on this website.

Amylia Harris, Ist AD. Controlled us with a rod of velvet clad iron. Look at her smiling in a cunning ruse to get us to do her bidding.

Andy Maas, 3rd AD. Crowd control. He waved, we walked. Herded unsuspecting members of the public out of shot. What are you doing in a shopping centre at this time on a Sunday morning anyway?

Rob Sproul-Cran, musician extraordinaire. Eldest son of bigger Rob, and host of "Out of the Bedroom" at the Tron pub in Edinburgh. His song "Japan" is the closing music on The Elemental. Check out his original sounds at:



Guido Schneider, Online Editor and Colourist at M8Media in Glasgow. The film made his hair stand on end.

Al George, Monster of Surround. Canongate Studios maestro. Took something which sounded horrible and made it sound horrible all around you.

Aaron Young and Tamsin Ranger of the UK Film Council, flanked by Katie and Robert (who both look a little flushed, don't you think?) Thanks to the experts for guiding us through the process of seeing the film on to a giant honest-to-goodness 35mm film print. And for shepherding it to The Edinburgh International Film Festival.

And finally...

Writer and Director Robert Sproul-Cran, whose hand had a Hitchcock moment emerging from a rib cage full of liver. Never let it be said that he wasn't prepared to get his hands dirty. OK, we've got the shot. Just go and have a bath now, will you?

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