The team involved in the Netflix series Bodkin has so far been blown away by what West Cork has to offer in terms of locations, talent and cooperation.
That’s according to two locals who took part in the first round of filming that just wrapped, before the cast and crew return at the end of the summer.
Karen Coppinger, who runs a children’s drama school in Skibbereen, was amazing for three days and said it was a really positive experience.
Karen, who has a keen interest in film and production, had been hired to work as an extra on the television adaptation of Graham Norton’s novel. Holding last summer.
“But my son had Covid so I couldn’t go, so I was delighted to be part of Bodkin,’ she says.
The title of his additional role was “Pilgrim”.
“My scenes included getting off a boat, coming back from a retreat,” she said.
The job involved 12-hour days, with a lot of waiting, but Karen said all extras were treated exceptionally well by Celtic Casting.
“The effort was incredible – in some cases it took eight hours to get a particular photo.
“Everyone involved was also extremely respectful of the region, local residents and of the environment which was great to see; and there was also a nice boost for the local economy with the cast and crew staying in local hotels, guesthouses and bed and breakfasts.
Aodh O’Donnell was enlisted as a marine coordinator. “I was brought in for my expertise on tides and currents, and my local knowledge of where to work and where not to work,” he explained.
He also had to line up boats of different descriptions during the three days of filming at Union Hall Harbor and Dromadoon Pier and Ballyalla Beach.
The crew also used their purpose-built studio while they were in the area.
The 1.5 million euro studio is located in the O’Donnell Design factory on Baltimore Road.
‘The Bodkin the crew have been very impressed with the pitches we have to offer here which are second to none,” he said.
Aodh is currently in talks with various production companies, directors and people involved in the industry, with a view to taking advantage of his film studio.
For now, filming for the first seven-part series – the first for Netflix by the Obamas’ Higher Ground Productions – has moved to Dublin and Wicklow. . Stranger things have happened.