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Caribbean

Published on October 14th, 2013 | by khara Persad -Trinidad Guardian Newspapers.

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Pan! – T&T film history in the making

“Picture is up!”  “Quiet on set!”  “Ok guys, that’s a cut!”

The assistant director meant business when he warned potential noisemakers and extras to keep quiet on the set of Pan! A Modern Odyssey, as cast and crew shot a scene at Unity Church on Abercromby Street, Port-of-Spain, a few weeks ago. Meanwhile, just up a flight of stairs, costume co-ordinators busily dressed the cast in costumes designed by Meiling for the day’s performance. The 90-minute docudrama began filming on September 14 and wrapped 13 days later, using several locations throughout the country, including Santa Cruz, Belmont, and Laventille. The film combines the history of pan—from its birth to Panorama to eventual national instrument status—with a fresh, fictional twist.

It is set in Trinidad with a 1940s backdrop, and revolves around the story of a young boy called “Goldteeth,” played by Renaldo Fredrick, who leaves a steelband in Port-of-Spain and moves to Tacarigua, where he joins another band and brings the two together. The film comprised 20 main actors, 50 crew members, and depending on the scale of the scenes, up to 200 extras, all from T&T.  Journalist turned scriptwriter, and brains behind it all Dr Kim Johnson explained that the audience will understand the main changes in the steelband movement through Goldteeth’s journey.

He said the movie had to be worthy of an international market, and a professional crew was therefore necessary to ensure a high-quality production. Enter producer Jean-Michel Gibert, the founder and director of the Caribbean Music Group, who recently produced a well-received documentary called Calypso Rose: The Lioness of the Jungle, an intimate portrait of the legendary singer from Tobago.  Johnson has written several books on the history of steelband and said when Gibert approached him with similar aspirations to capture the story and beauty of pan in film, the ball got rolling slowing but surely. “We started off with a script two years ago…It’s been re-written about 15 or 20 times and the story has changed completely. It’s sort of unrecognisably different now. But that was the start.”

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