Well, there’s one thing that you can’t complain of with this job, and that’s the variety it provides!
I was asked if I was scared of Baboons. Wasps and Bees and anything with more legs than me – Yes. But Baboons – No. ‘Great’, said the producer on the other end of the phone. ‘They’ll be 150 of them and they’ll be inside a car and you’ll be in the enclosure filming them…’.
‘Hmmm… right… OK…’
So, it’s as simple as that. You get yourself a car, fill it with Baboons and you’ve got yourself a PR stunt!
It’s for the launch of the new Hyundai i30. They say it’s kiddie proof. To prove it, fill it with real monkeys and if it survives, then your little monkeys won’t break it.
To be honest, I was a little anxious about getting in there with them. I think we all were. But the viewfinder has a wonderful effect of making the subject you’re filming, somehow unreal. It was only when the big guys were walking around the back of me, that I got a little cautious. They have massive teeth!
We were working with the wonderful keepers and the manager of Knowsley Safari Park, but all they had to defend themselves with, was a four foot long stick! They said that if it all kicks off, then just run for the exit, or climb through the electric fence. The fence was switched off just before going in.
I think in our minds, we’d come to think it was going to be like this…
The reality was somewhat more down to earth!
Whistling the Jurassic Park theme before going inside the enclosure didn’t do wonders for the nerves of my producer though!
This is how the edit came out. No music, as it’s a news piece.