Six Men’s at 6:00 am – Making a Commercial for Sky TV in St Peter, Barbados

Do you know there’s another Braddy’s Bar on the West Coast? But as you see, the spelling is completely different – as opposed to Braddie’s Bar in Dover on the south side, the ending of each name uses a variation on the vowel diminutive. That’s where I had to go just as the sun os peeping over the horizon to do a spot as an extra for a Sky TV commercial for the Twenty20 Cricket World Cup now come and gone (That’s why I only now wrote this article, had no wish to mash any corns before actual coverage).

This is a Grip, for definition, see here: http://bit.ly/cIGDq1

This is a Grip, for definition, see here: http://bit.ly/cIGDq1

I had to get there for 6:00 am (From down in Bank Hall, which meant I left the house at 5:30 am) so as to play a tourist extra in a bar, when cricket balls were raining down and the main hosts of the commercial, theatre actor/DEM Officer Simon Alleyne & Kirk Brown from Strategy, came rushing in from the hail of sporting equipment.

This is when the Sky camera crew were readying for the shocked reaction of 'bar patrons' (Rum&Coke was Coke or Mauby and Orange Juice was just that, but made to look like a Pina Colada with a li'l paper umbrella) to the raining down of cricket balls

This is when the Sky camera crew were readying to video the shocked reaction of 'bar patrons' (Rum&Coke was plain Coke or Mauby, and Orange Juice was just that - but made to look like a Pina Colada with a li'l paper umbrella) to the raining down of cricket balls

The sound and visual effect was to make it seem like cricket balls were really slamming on to the roof of Braddy’s Bar. So how did they do it for audio? They REALLY slapped ’nuff cricket balls on the roof! Then they filmed our ‘surprised‘ reaction, which was not that much play-acting since people’s natural inclination is to NOT expect any loud or hard object slamming on a roof!

This was about 6:15 am, usually Six Men's is hustling and bustling, but at this time you can cross the road safely and park reasonably too

This was about 6:15 am, usually Six Men's is hustling and bustling, but at this time you can cross the road safely and park reasonably too

You would not believe the number of takes they did to get the right sound and then the right reaction from the bar patrons – they did it so many times we actually had breakfast and snack breaks!

Thus the making of the commercial took about five hours for us extras while the main hosts had to stay on ’til 3:00 pm, and they were up from 5:00 am so I did not envy their stint, although they may have been paid more.

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" from Shakespeare but just as appropriate here on Barbados' West Coast

"We few, we happy few, we band of brothers" is from Shakespeare but just as appropriate here on Barbados' West Coast

The nice deal about doing this overseas commercial is they pay as the day is done, whether they use you in the footage or not – moreso? It’s all cash! So I wanna give a big shout-out to Corey Graham on facebook for alerting me to the financial opportunity – plus my face and image are now through most of Europe, LOL!

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