Please see detail below of a film production company due to be making use of Saunton Beach on 27th-28th February. Although preparation will begin in Saunton car park from 17th Feb.
Haversack Films Limited
2nd Floor | Main Admin Building | Twickenham Studios | Twickenham | TW1 2AW | Tel: +44 (0) 20 8607 8993
FILMING ENGAGEMENT LETTER
Saunton Sands Beach: 27th-28th February 2020
Thursday 13th February 2020
Dear Resident / Business,
We are the Locations team working on a new feature film called ‘Operation Mincemeat’. The drama is being produced by Haversack Films and directed by John Madden (Shakespeare in Love, Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, Captain Corelli’s Mandolin).
Operation Mincemeat Synopsis:
Operation Mincemeat is the true WWII story of a brilliant British deception. In 1943, Hitler knew that a vast military force was preparing to land in Southern Europe and had guessed correctly that it would be Sicily. That is until a team of brilliantly unconventional military intelligence officers concocted a plan that would fool him into believing otherwise, saving countless lives and opening the soft underbelly to Europe. Operation Mincemeat is their story.
We are filming the amphibious allied landings, which historically took place in Sicily, on Saunton Sands beach this February 2020.
Our complete works will take place over a 16-day period as follows:
Dates / Times
Prep 17th-25th February: 07:00-19:00
Prep/Rehearse 26th February: 07:00-23:00
Prep/Film 27th – 28th February: 07:00-23:00. All crew offsite 02:00.
Reinstate 29th February – 3rd March: 07:00-19:00
SFX, Gunfire & Police Authorisation
We will be filming action sequences that involve replica weaponry and pyrotechnics, including audible gunfire and explosions. All shots fired will be blank rounds. There will be Location Stewards in high-visibility jackets to highlight the perimeter of the area that is locked-off for public safety, assisting the general public and directing visitors towards a safe pedestrian route. We have notified the Coast Guard of our activities as well as both the local Braunton and Barnstable Police Stations. Our production has been issued a CAD number valid 22nd – 28th February 2020, covering every day that firearms or pyrotechnics will be used.
Lighting Machines and Generators
We will have film lamps on the lawn of the Saunton Sands Hotel, as well as at Saunton Sands Car Park and on the Beach (please see the map overleaf). These will be used to light our exterior filming areas 18:00-23:00 on 26th-28th February 2020. We will have a number of generators powering these during these hours.
Saunton Sands Car Park
Parts of the Saunton Sands Car Park will be closed to the public over 17th – 23rd February, and the majority of it over 24th February – 3rd March 2020. Please see the map overleaf which shows the portion of the car park which will stay open to the general public.
Local support is hugely important to us. Throughout all our negotiations so far, we have been liaising closely with; the Environment Agency, Natural England, Marine Management Organisation, North Devon County Council, Braunton Parish Council, the Coast Guard and North Devonshire County Police in Barnstable, seeking all necessary permissions required for filming of this nature. Should you have any concerns or queries please do not hesitate to contact me via the details below.
We would like to thank you in advance for your support and understanding.
Adam Richards | Supervising Location Manager
M: 07774 279 070 | E: firstname.lastname@example.org
Ollie Bradbury |Assistant Location Manager
M: 07711 872 946 | E: email@example.com