A shoot is a balancing act between different trades that seek perfection. The camera, the light, the sound, the direction … and, of course, the performance. Which turns any recording into an arduous process in which you have to repeat and repeat until you find the shot in which all the elements are hugging each other in harmony. In the end, filming represents teamwork at its best. As in so many professions. Luckily, it can be repeated here.
Attending a filming of 'The Ministry of Time' means living the goldsmith behind a fiction but, in addition, it also involves meddling in the transfer of experience between generations that the production treasures. Even more so if you observe carefully the way in which the tanned cast of interpreters for whom this series bets works, which, in a great sense, is a tribute to story tellers.
On that trip to the guts of 'The Ministry', it is easy to collide with inspiring details. Although, in the use and throw away society, they seem superfluous. Collateral effects of a television that lives too much the present without taking time to learn from the rich baggage of its history.
So I opened my eyes wide and when I was in the recording of the previous chapter 'Before there is no time', which was released just over a week ago and which is the prelude to the premiere of the new season on Tuesday 5 at La 1 I was thrilled to see Jaime Blanch (Salvador), Francesca Piñón (Angustias) and Manolo Cal, who played Pérez Galdós, repeat and repeat the text. All in search of the best sequence. Which is usually boring if you are not involved in production, this time was revealing. Three mythical of our scene, hardened in hours and hours of sets, developing their craft with a curiosity as vivid as young.
Even if they are wrong. Although they have to repeat because a new failure has caused another discard of recording, this discard of recording also leaves for posterity the value of the subtle phrase that inspires: “We always pineapple,” says Manolo Cal in a spontaneous reflection of companionship. This encourages the frustration of being wrong and having to start again when the clock is ticking.
'We, pineapple always' was not seen in the episode, of course, it was a false take. But it does represent that gloating over the ruling is of no use. You have to keep trying by working as a team, in pineapple. And don't get stuck, keep going. An inspiring declaration of intent that gives the impression that it is in danger of extinction in social times when in politics and the media it commands the polarization of the dramatized confrontation that separates society through the aggressive and simplistic proclamation. We delight in what blocks rather than what solves. More constructive 'pineapples' in the style of Manolo Cal, please.