Finally the hard lockdown is over and in some way life is giving me a sense of normality(even though my electronic Covid certificate seems to be the most important document to carry at the moment).
I am positively impressed by Latvia's film industry which is on a roll.
Many International movies are being shot in this small country throughout the year.
This creates revenue for the country and plenty of jobs for people here.
Currently Emergency Exit is being filmed in Riga and thanks to my favourite Casting Agency Casting Bridge, I once again got the opportunity to be featured as an extra.
Today's shoot(24.11.) took place at the magnificent Z Towers in Riga.
The Z-Towers is a multifunctional high rising complex, which includes 336 residential apartments, class A office space of 10 000 m2, parking space for 700 cars, a Fitness&SPA and a beautiful panoramic view if Riga city. Construction is still ongoing and once finished it will house a cafe, restaurant, playgrounds, tennis courts and swimming pool.
The Z-Towers was developed by one of Latvia's leading architectural offices “F. L. Tadao&Luksevics” (NRJA). The towers of the facade were developed by the world-famous architect Helmut Jahn. Fast moving elevators in the high rise were designed and built by the Finnish company KONE. Next time you visit Riga, Latvia and want to be treated like Royalty I recommend this unique address. I felt like acting in a James Bond movie with this building.
By now it is standard routine for all actors and staff participating in the Emergency Exit movie to be screened undergo a rapid Covid Test before entering the film set.
After breakfast and a warm cup of coffee we extras had our make up done and mingled.
I met interesting people like Kelvin and Thierry from Cameroon, Maija a budding entrepreneur from Latvia and many more.
Wearing my face mask the whole day took its toll on me, as we were only allowed to take them off in-between takes or when eating breakfast or lunch. I was feeling tired at the end of the day.
The director made sure everyone understood their role and made it his personal goal to explain his expectations of us in details throughout the movie shoot.
So it was Lights, Camera and Action the whole day long and I believe every actor, make- up artist, security and additional staff was happy the director announced its a Wrap.
Around 6pm it was already cold and dark outside when I found myself taking a taxi back home. The taxi driver who picked me up politely asked me whether I am a film star.
Looking out of the window I told him "Not yet brother, not yet:)"
When I finally arrived at home my daughter welcomed me back with the biggest smile.
I look forward to my next shoot in 3 days....
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