Yet another chance encounter (we seem to be a magnet for these). We became "extras" in a promotional commercial for the local Bath Rugby team. During our normal travels through the center of town, we happened upon a film crew (one of many we've encountered during our travels) setting up for a season kick-off promotion. Since they needed background "spectators", we agreed to be extras on the set. On the whole, this was an interesting experience, although a bit boring at times as they set up the various shots, or did multiple takes of the same action. The athletes, some of whom served as the "opposing team", appeared to be having a good time ribbing each other throughout filming.
The Bath Rugby team truck.
"Grass" carpet was installed in the plaza next to Bath Abbey, to simulate a rugby playing field.
It was a rather warm day, so the players stood under the tent between shots.
There were at least four cameras filming the commercial...
...including a still camera getting individual shots of the athletes and the crowd..
Getting instructions from the director as to what the next shot would entail...
...while the "opponents" enter the field.
"OK...who has the ball?"
Jamma de Samba entertained with some enthusiastic drumming. This apparently is the team band. At the beginning of each match, the band forms a double line through which teams members run onto the field. They also provide some half-time entertainment, although not like what we're used to during American football games.
This does not look like typical rivalry trash talking. If you look closely at the three open windows near the top of the building across the way, you may just make out the control booth.
"Sit down in front! I can't see the 'game'!"
Hamming it up with one of the spectators. The players were really good sports, posing with various spectators for personal photos.
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Carl and Lorraine Aveni are two retirees planning on traveling through Europe for at least one year.