Jo and Sean on corporate inhouse film

Posting from Jo

As always this time of year things go a little quiet work wise, though I have been making a few things and have a few things in the pipeline.

First off since the last posting Sean and I have done 3 stormtrooper jobs, one which was filming for an internal film for a tobacco company so unfortunately it won’t be seen publicly. Only thing to show is the photo above of Sean and I just after filming. It was funny filming in a newsagent in London with unsuspecting customers walking in!

TheTales of Albion film project is almost complete, I was asked back to record some voice over work and a bit of dubbing. Was great to see some of the edited footage on screen as its a couple of years ago when they were filmed. Fingers crossed it will be finished and available in a couple of months. Will update with further details.

February half term saw Sean and I return to Jersey to the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week! A group of us from Griffin Historical where there for the week entertaining the families with sword fights, story telling and games and displays of gun powder. Was a lot of fun and one of the highlights for me was to visit the Jersey Celtic Coin Hoarde to see how the conservation was going. The hoarde of coins, gold Torcs and jewellery is so big it is taking several years for them to seperate and record every item! Each time I have seen it is slowly being getting smaller and smaller but there is still a long way to go.

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Filming, I did a day on a new Hollywood film with the special effects dept. They have not started filming yet but they were testing out the sand storm effects machine, there was about a dozen of us running around being blown about with big wind machines and different types of fake sand. It was purely for the effects dept to see what worked best so they footage will not be seen anywhere but it was fun to do. Not something you get to do every day! :)

Still plugging away at the auditions, fingers crossed a cracking role will come my way! Memorabilia in a few weeks in Birmingham so will have a report about that too so please keep checking up on the page.

Jo :)

Yucca Valley holiday jo

Posting from Jo and A Happy New Year!

Big apologies for the lack of posts, just been so busy and limited access to the internet plays a big part in the slow posting of new reports. I will endevour to make sure I post up more regulary.

Ok so lots to catch up on. Since I last posted the Chariot film was the latest thing, hopefully will know soon when that will be complete and available to watch. Other filming projects include doing some sound recording for a new computer game called Total War. They needed the sound of horses hooves at different speeds and on different surfaces. We went along to help out a friend of ours to ride a couple of their horses, it ended up being really fun and a nice day out.

Jo sound recording horses hooves

Then we flew off to California for a busmans holiday, part was a break but we were also attending a friends wedding and Sean was taking part in the Tournament of the Phoenix. The first part of the holiday started off at our friends ranch in Yucca Valley where we were horse riding in the desert. Always great to stay with our dear friends and enjoy their hospitality. See photo at the top of the posting.

We then moved on to LA to attend a friends wedding which was lovely and we had a few days in LA to ourselves. Then we went onto San Diego to the Tournament of the Phoenix. It was lovely to go back to see old friends and make new ones which we will cherish. Sean did brilliantly at the tournament which also refects on his awesome team he had helping him, thanks to Kathy his groom and Dave his Valet.

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No sooner had we got back home it was Halloween, Sean and I had several days work at Dover Castle helping children make Halloween masks which was fun but a little chilly. On the evening of the 31st we had an appearance at the Octopvs Bar in Crawley for their Walking Dead evening. Looking beautiful as ever! :)

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Then another filming session for the TV pilot Humber City, this one involved a fight scene with my co star the lovely John Carrigan. Amazing martial artist who choreographed the fight scene and help me train up for it too. Looking at the raw footage it looks like its going to be really good. More filming planned in a couple of months, wil keep you posted.

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Then another filming project came along, a documentary about the secret lives of the Tudors, filmed at the lovely Hever Castle. I played a Tudor lady in waiting for one episode and then I was suddenly asked to play Queen Elizabeth for a seen which required lots of make up and a bald cap to recreate Elizabeth when she was not looking so good when she had no make up on and no wig. I looked pretty rough I have to say, the makeup girls did a great job. Will keep you posted when it airs on Yesterday Channel. Here is a photo of me looking a lot nicer when I was the lady in waiting. :)

Jo filming Hever Castle

Then the usual journey to the NEC in Birmingham for the Memorabila show. This time was spent with the lovely Paris Jefferson from the TV show Xena.  She was so sweet and was fun to hang around.

Jo and Paris

Finally December saw me off to the Isle of Wight for the Victorian Christmas Weekend at Osborne House, such a lovely event spent with lovely folks.

After that was the big build up of a certain film called The Force Awakens. This brought several appearances as Stormtroopers through December which was great and also gave me the opportunity to showcase my new Force Awakens Stormtrooper costume. Looks great but takes a bit getting used to, look forward to jo FA TrooperI’m on the right

wearing it again and also leads me into making a Captain Phasma Costume which I will post updates on here.

Well thats it for now, thanks so much for your valued support and interest. Happy New Year and hears to an adventure filled 2016!

Jo :)

 

Jo Marriott as Braga from the film Chariot

Posting from Jo

Again apologies to the lateness of my posting, the summer months have been busy to say the least, but hear is the update of whats been happening.

Starting from the last post, I recorded an audition video for a role playing the owner of an illegal drinking establishment in the Prohibition Era. From that I got a call back and did a live reading with the director and by the end of the session it came across that I got the role. Sure enough I got the email saying the role was mine which was awesome! Filming was set in a weeks time.

Before that filming, I was heading upto Hull to do the first main block of filming on the TV Drama Humber City. I was there for 4 days for exterior and office scenes which went well on the whole. There is more filming planned for early November, to keep upto date with whats happening with the project, check out their Facebook page here  https://www.facebook.com/Humber.City?fref=ts

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As always during the Summer months I am busy going all over the place doing events at English Heritage sites, this season I have been to Kenilworth Castle, Framlingham Castle and a couple of times at Eltham Palace. One of my favourite gigs was the Bug Safari, taking families around the lovely grounds and looking for insects in different enviroments. A lovely fun relaxed event and playing dress up as Victorian Explorers! :)

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Then it was time to film the Prohibition video, the set was dressed my hair and make-up was done (which was amazing) and it took a few hours to have it all done. The video will be an introduction to a corporate training game in which high end executives will take part. There is a gaming box on the table in front of each team,  after they have watched my video which welcomes them to my establishment I also explain what the day entails. It should look great when its done, as of yet I still haven’t seen it but I am hoping to get a copy of it soon. In the meantime check out my awesome make-up!

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I have had a couple of commissions for heradlic flags this season, which I am proud to say were at 2 top end Tudor Jousts at Hampton Court Palace and the Tower of London. The Hampton Court ones were 8 silk flags, 4 English crosses and 4 Spanish ones. The Tower of London Jousts I was commissioned to paint 2 Anne Boleyn flags which looked amazing. I hope to do more as I really enjoy making these.

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The only ride I got with the jousting team this season was at Bosworth Battle re-enactment, bit disappointing I only got to ride the once but here is a nice image from the weekend.11873385_850312678409699_2861118014797708448_nTaken by ARW Photography

Earlier this year I did some filming on a new Channel 4 series called Time Crashers. A new show which saw 10 celebrites being sent back in time to different periods doing every days jobs. I was involved with the second one which was set in the Medieval period around a Joust. I played the Lady of the Joust which was great fun but it doesn’t show on the screen how cold it was that day, it was freezing! I got some good screentime, if you missed it you can watch it and the other episodes here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tkyc5deYero

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Finally I auditioned for a feature film called Chariot set around the character Ben Hur. I was blessed to win the role of a character called Braga, a Celtic Tribal Warrior. She is part of a mercenary gang hired by the Romans to capture Ben Hur. Filming was up in Snowdonia, North Wales. The scenery as you can imagine was beautiful! I really enjoyed my time filming on this and hopefully it will be finished for January. I will keep you posted on this as this film will have worldwide distribution so you should have a great chance to see it somewhere! The image at the top of this post was taken on my last day on set.

Well thats it for now but lots more stuff coming up in the next couple of months so keep popping back for updates :)

 

Jo

 

jo as Elizabeth Swann

Posting from Jo

Oops missed out last months report! Ok carrying on from the last one, Sean and I travelled to Bristol to attend a wedding as Stormtroopers at the Bristol space centre (@Bristol).  The couple were fans of Star Wars but unknown to them the brides father had arranged for 2 Stromtroopers and Darth Vader to make a surprise appearance. A nice event at a great venue and a lovely couple.

Next gig saw us heading up the the Space Centre in Leicester for a corporate as Stormtroopers again which went well. We then headed down to Gloucester for the Tall Ships Festival to appear as Elizabeth Swann, Jack Sparrow and Barbossa for the May Bank Holiday weekend. The first day we sailed in on one of the Tall Ships which was brillaint with all the crowds lining the river banks. Then we were swordfighting for the rest of the weekend which was well received and was loads of fun. Great time was also had hanging around with the lovely Victorian characters :)

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Then straight on from Gloucester, down to Southampton for the Ferry to the Isle of White to Osborne House as Victorian Carneys for 3 days. Good weather and crowds with a beautiful setting. If your 11297921_1030873556930390_157532607_n

wondering what the paper character is its called a flat Stella, my friend from Canada asked if I could show pictures of me with her at different places I visit. Its part of her sons school project to learn about new places in different countries.

Then we attended a charity event in Redhill for Autisum Allstars to help raise money and awareness. Many costumed characters were there to help attract the public to the stand. Sean and I decided to dust off our Judges costumes and wear them for a change. Happy to report the charity raise over £1200 on the day!

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Then the annual Open Weekend for the ABC Animal Sanctuary was upon us and as usual Sean and I were there as Jack Sparrow and Xena. Was lovely to see some friends who came along to supprt the event. Always a pleasure to support this lovely charity.

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Been working on Tim Burtons latest film for a few days which was great, always good to get a run of days on a film, as ever can’t really say much on public sites but will post more when able.

I was recently over in Poland with Sean at the Tournament of King John III. Sean with team mate Steve won the Team joust last year and was invited back this years as guests and marshals for this years tournament. So glad I went as it was a great trip and the hospitality was second to none. The polish guys could not have been more lovely with looking after us and entertaining us. Got drunk on Polish moonshine! we went on a brilliant ride in the countryside and went on a flat out gallop several times, visited an awesome castle and I ordered my new jousting helmet with an armourer! Awesome times, oh yeah and I got to fire a cannon! lol.11665542_10206158228491400_2013163137302569035_n

Very much looking forward to going back next year!

Just did an awesome action show for a private birthday party with a Mission Impossible theme. First time with a new team and it went down brilliantly with the client, so hopefully more gigs like that to come in he future!

Well thats it for the mo, thanks for popping by and I will report again soon :)

Jo

 

 

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Posting from Jo

Well lots to report since my last posting.

Over the Easter weekend I was working at Dover Castle, very imposing and dramatic especially with the changing weather.  A little chilly but the crowds came out in force and the Childrens Festival went very well with multi period performers entertaining the crowds. I was doing the Roman mosaic activity which was fun but as ever busy, chucked in a story telling session too which was fun.

On a sadder note my lovely Xena horse lookalike Lori had to be put to sleep due to complications recently. She will be sorely missed by myself and her owner Marianne. A lovely sweet natured horse and the best Argo lookalike. Will miss doing  photo shoots with her :(

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On a happier note the Anne Bonny film had its premiere at the Prince Charles Theatre in Leicester Square. Really happy how this short film turned out, check it out here and use the password ‘snugbar‘ to view it. https://vimeo.com/123885163

A meeting will be arranged very soon to start discussing the feature length version of the film. Will keep you posted how it goes.

Popped along to the new Birmingham Comic Festival  at Edgbaston Cricket ground. It was a great event seeing it was the first one and look forward to next years event. Sean and I went as Dark Phoenix and Wolverine which was a nice change from Xena and Jack.

Jo as Dark Phoenix Taken by Dan W

May Bank Holiday saw me at Tatton Park as part of the Tudors on Tour event. I was on the leathercraft stall showing folks how to stamp leather which was a have a go activity. Was very pleased when the three days were up as the constant hammering noise level was pretty intense when everyone was working at the same time!

Inbetween all these activities I have been busy working on costume commissions and hair barrettes. Here is the Game of Thrones costume I did, which I am quite pleased how it turned out! :) Jo's GOT costume

Right events coming up! Will be heading off to Bristol this coming weekend as a Stormtrooper for a wedding and then the next weekend (Bank Hols) will see me at Gloucester Tall Ship Festival with Sean and Jeff. We will be performing 2 sword fight shows a day plus other performances. Come along and enjoy the weekend its packed full of great entertainment!

Then straight after off to Osborne House on the Isle of White being Victorian characters for the big event there! Busy busy :)

May see you at an event?

Jo :)

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Posting from Jo

Oops, I missed out last months update, apologies for that I have been locked away working on costume/prop commissions with deadlines inbetween everything else thats going on!

Well whats been going on since January, lots! First off Sean and I went to the Sky Atlantic Game of Thrones Exhibition which was great fun and also useful for costume detail as one of my commissions is a GOT costume. Of course the trip would not have been complete without a photo on the Iron Throne! :)

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Next was flying off to Jersey for the school half term to perform at the Maritime Museum for their Pirate Week. Great fun working with Sean and the other pirates for the week sword fighting, story telling and other activities. Was lucky to visit the massive Jersey Celtic Coin hoard again to see how the progress was going on seperating the thousands of coins and gold torcs, truly amazing!

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No sooner getting back from Jersey I was off to Devon to play the main character in the short film about Anne Bonny. Four days down filming in the lovely village of Clovelly with a great cast and crew. We were blessed with the weather and I really enjoyed my time working on this project. It will be premiered in April and off to do the rounds in some film festivals. The film makers will then look into making a full feature length film in which the short will be used as a promotional tool to gain funding and interest. I will post more on this as and when news comes in.

jo as Anne Bonny

Working on two big costume commissions filled up several weeks and I will post photos of them when I have completed the third. As always other smaller jobs come in to hinder the other projects but hopefully now will get some more work done on my Maleficent costume!

Sean and I were also lucky to have just worked on a new Channel 4 show called Time Crashers, at this stage I can’t say much more but I know its due to air around June. Will keep you posted.

We had a great time at the recent Memorabilia at the NEC in Birmingham as Xena and Jack, only managing the Sunday this time due to commitments.

Then we popped over to Leicester to visit King Richard III, we queued to see the coffin and then went to the new visitor centre which was great. It was an experience worth queuing for and something that will never happen again so glad we could be a part of it and say ‘we were there’.

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And finally have just made another appearance in Colchester as Queen Boudica where I was the guest of honour to open the Roman Circus (where they held the roman chariot races). The site has been updated and made visitor friendly with brilliant reconstructions, displays, new media to show how it looked and historical finds on show. Worth a visit if your ever in Colchester as well as the castle museum where you will see yours truly staring in the museum video as Queen Boudica! A highlight of the day was making my entrance on the chariot that was used in the TV film about Boudica staring Alex Kingston. Pulled very ably by my Iceni horses from the Colchester Archaeological group!

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Well thats it for now, keep an eye out for the new Avengers film this April, fingers crossed my scenes will be in the final cut! fingers crossed! :)

Thank you and I promise it won’t be so long for the next posting!

Jo :)

 

anne bonny

Posting from Jo

Happy New Year! Thanks for following me into 2015, lets hope this year is bigger and better and full of great things.

Ok not far into January but am very busy with costume commissions at the moment which will keep me busy for a while. I will post up photos of what I am working on when they are done, currently the items are from The Avengers (Thors Armour), Nights Watch Costume from Game of Thrones and Legolas’s Quiver from Lord of the Rings.

Some great news is I have landed the title role in a short film called Bonnys Revenge, playing the famous piratess Anne Bonny. Will be off to Devon in February to film it which I am very much looking forward to it. Please check out their FB page and website, they have an crowd funding page too, please show some love and donate, even if its just a pound, every penny counts. Here are the links:

Crowd funding page:

https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/bonny-s-revenge#home

Website:

www.annebonnythefilm.com

Facebook:

http://facebook.com/Bonny.Revenge

I will also be off to Jersey in February just before filming to the Maritime Museum to do a week of pirating with Jack Sparrow for the school holidays! Starting off very piratical this year :)

Well thats it for now, looking forward to what this year has to offer, bring it on I say! :)

Jo

Father Christmas Wrest Park

Posting from Jo

Well I managed to get a moment to post again, thanks so much for checking up on me! :)

Crickey where to start, ok I was on another Alien Isolation promo, this time for the TV show Video Game Nation. I spent the day with the makers of the show filming several scenes with the presenters in an underground vault in London! It was a tough days filming but still enjoyable and the final show looked great thanks to my Alien Annabelle!

Jo Alien with presenter

Memorabila came around soon enough and alongside the UKG Sean and I attended the weekend which as always was a lot of fun. As you can see from the posting below I had the chance to meet the lovely Cary Elwes from The Princess Bride, he was very lovely and complimentary. Also met the charming R J Mitte from Breaking Bad, so sweet and made time to chat to everyone which was great. Met lots of other people during the day and had a great time as ever at Mem, one of my favourite events.

Took part in an awesome Batman stunt show as Catwoman for the Army’s Christmas do, great gig really fun to do.

Been working several night shoots on the new film Now You See Me 2. It was brilliant to see such great actors on set but the cold long nights made it a hard job to endure and was pleased when I finished the run as its tough work. The film won’t be out for a while as they have just started filming but will keep you updated nearer its release.

Next it was off to Osborne House again, this time for the Victorian Christmas weekend helping children making Christmas cards and decorations. Again cold days but the setting and company was lovely and working with Sean is always nice and the public had a great time.

Just come back from the second out of two weekends at Wrest Park, helping with the audience with Father Christmas days. It was great fun and brilliant to see all the excited children as they listened to Father Christmas and asked him questions. Here is a photo of me after we had finished, standing what is believed to be the oldest Christmas Tree in the country, planted in 1856! Its over 100ft tall wow!

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Inbetween the 2 weekends I was lucky to be on the second row from the front for the final arena tour of Jeff Waynes War of the Worlds live show in Brighton. It was absolutely brilliant and well acted/sung by all the cast. Have to say Jason Donnovan threw himself into the role of Parson Nathaniel and gave a cracking performance! Lets hope there will be more shows in the future.

Martian Fighting Machine in action!

My last couple of days before Christmas I am working with a team of people bringing a life sized Polar Bear to life at Father Christmas world. The Bear is amazing but very difficult to operate due to the painful position you have to be in inside it but it looks amazing!

Well thats it for now, thanks so much for your support and I will post again around New Year, I have a pirate swordfight show to do over Christmas and I will post some photos up from that.

Thanks again and have a wonderful Christmas xx

Jo