That was so lovely! Thank you for sharing your very detailed account with us. For people like me, who couldn't be there, it's fascinating to read about something so special: a very ordinary working day in Elijah's life.
Thanks Bunnie..I'm glad you enjoyed it.. I wanted to get across to everyone just what it was like to be there on Elijah's ordinary working day!! Surreal!!!
Oh my gosh he has really affected you hasn't he?! Wow I so enjoyed reading all your reports. I was swept away with you, you tell the tale so well and describe him so beautifully.
I just wanted to add that even though you didn't give him the book at the end of the day, you gave him so much more - respect and his privacy. Never regret that! *hugs*
Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. It's been an absolute joy to read.
Thank you Chickenlegs.. oh yes..he REALLY did affect me!!! What can i say..
I'm so glad that you enjoyed the read, and that you were 'swept away'..thats what i aimed for! I wanted you all to be there with me..
I appreciate what you said..that i gave him so much more.. respect and privacy.. I tell myself this, and i know its true, but i still have regrets!!!
Thank you so much for writing this up, and for the pictures. I enjoyed reading it so much. And I really enjoyed your personal take on everything.
I know what you mean about being near him and not being sure if it's okay to talk to him. I've been in that situation where I've thought "will I be bothering him?" "should I go and talk to him?". I've also noticed that glow that you mention. He really does light up the room.
This was such a wonderful experience for you. Thanks for letting us have an idea of what it would be like to do something like this.
You know what it was like??? When, where??
I'm glad that you know what i mean about his special 'glow'.. i thought maybe it was just me!!.. but as i said, if you love him..you can see it!!!
Thanks so much for the wonderfully detailed write up. I rally enjoyed reading it. I'm glad it was all such a wonderful experience for you. :-)
Thank YOU my friend, for taking the time to read it. I know how hectic your life is at the moment, so that makes it all the more special to me that you enjoyed it. Hope the invalid is feeling ok, and his 'nurse' is bearing up under the strain!!
Wonderful, the experience certainly was, and i expect you'll all get sick of me going on and on about it before long..lol! I'm just so glad that the cd is in the hands of the intended recipient..at last!
to be honest...I had decided not to look at these anymore. They are so painful. But i read yours and the ending...it was just perfect. Your experience and the way you described it was wonderful. And...he is beautiful, unique and mesmorizing. He is not a grand star like Depp or Clooney or Pitt(I only care for Depp here), but he is of such classic beauty that I can't get enough. Simply beautiful and kind and respectful. YOU LUCKY DOG!
Yes i am lucky..so very very lucky! I know this, and believe me i really appreciate it.
I never ever thought a chance like this would come my way. After i saw him at Comicon last year, all i could think about was when could i see him again! Enough is NEVER enough where Elijah is concerned.
Then he cancelled RingCon, Fulda, and i was heartbroken! I still went, but it wasn't the same! I was starting to think i would never be lucky, especially as he seems to be cancelling conventions...and where else do you get to see him, i asked myself. So to have this chance was a dream come true.. My motto, especially after Fulda, is 'Never Give Up The Dream'...I didn't, and look what i got!!!
PS..I know EXACTLY what you mean when you say you stopped looking at these reports..I KNOW i'd feel the same if i hadn't been so lucky...it would be MUCH too painful, for sure!!!
Thanks so much - so the report - like the experience - comes to an end. I have immensely enjoyed all 4 parts. I wasn't even there and I feel like I am going thru withdrawl as the reports end!! What a memory you have to treasure forever - I'm so happy for you!
Hi Frolijah.. love your icon!! He has a smile to 'die' for doesn't he!!!
Withdrawal?? oh yes. I'm sad now that its all written out. I think thats maybe why i hung on to write Day 2 for a little while! I wanted to savour it for a bit longer! I have the memories of course, and they will be with me forever. I am SO lucky to have been a part of this wonderful experience. SO LUCKY!!
I'm glad that you enjoyed the journey..My aim was to help people feel that they were there too, and if you felt that you were, then i succeeded, and i'm really glad!!!
This was simply heartbreakingly beautiful to read. And your entire report was definitely the best out of the many, many I've read. I can't thank you enough for sharing it with us. I think if it were possible, I might have considered selling my soul for an experience like you've just had.
Oh yes yes yes!!! I agree totally.. I would have sold my soul too just to be there!!! You will never believe how much i fretted ( we all did..) before i actually got there. I worried about EVERY little thing. I couldn't believe it was all happening. Things like this don't happen to ME!! But it was all true, and we did get the experience of a million lifetimes!!!!!!!
THANK-YOU SO SO much for calling it a 'heartbreakingly beautiful' read.. I am SO touched!!! And to say it was the best..well... i'm truly honoured!! * BIG KISSES* I set up this LJ especially to share all this with all you wonderful people, and i'm SO glad that i did. I had no-where last year for Comicon..I feel like i have made SO many friends. I hope you'll still all be my friend when i have nothing to write about..although, where Elijah is concerned..I very rarely shut-up!!!
Lordy lou, what an experience! This is something you will never forget - and you let us be part of it! Thank you so much...
You're so very welcome!!! I LOVE to share Elijah goodness whenever i can! I enjoyed writing about it, and am so glad that you enjoyed reading it!!
Thanks for sharing. I know what you mean about that empty bereft feeling. A friend and I once got to meet Paul McCartney, a life long idol of ours, and that night we both went back to the hotel and cried. At the time I don't suppose either of us had any idea why.
It's such a strange feeling isn't it..you should be so happy, and yet you're not!
I experienced this feeling before at Comicon,. so i was more prepared for it this time, but that didn't make it feel any less painful. The trouble with Elijah is its SO hard to let go! The more you have, the more you most definately want! I don't think a lifetime would be long enough!!!!!!
Thanks for sharing all of this with us Belle! You had a very special and rare experience, most fans only get to meet Elijah at a convention or in the street passing by, but you got the wonderful experience of working with him, definitely unique! Thank you for sharing that experience with all of us who couldn't be there.
You're so very welcome..as i've commented on more than one occasion, i wish you could have ALL been there. I was SO lucky..we all were.
I doubt an opportunity like this will ever come my way again. Most definately unique!!!
He will make other films ( i hope) but maybe not in this country. I doubt i would have been able to afford to travel abroad for such a chance. But others might..who knows! And if i DO get the chance again..wild horses won't keep me away!
Thank you so much for sharing your experience, thoughts and pictures with us. I hope you are in the movie when it's finished.
I hope so too, but it really doesn't matter if i'm not. That wasn't the intention when i signed up for it all. My first thought was what an honour it would be to be in one of Elijah's films. Then when i heard he'd be there, ALL day, it was totally mind-blowing. It was a surreal experience that i will never forget. And if i AM in the film, then that ok too.
Ahhh...Thanks so much for sharing, I feel as if I'd been there!
You're so welcome! I only wish everyone could have shared this wonderful opportunity. A dream come true... thats for sure!
2007-02-24 02:13 pm (UTC)
What can I say ? We had such a wonderful time there. And you have captured it all so beautiful in your reports.
What made it so much more wonderful is that I got to spend it with you and Carol and Brian. I will never forget the fun we had "off set". The pure adrenaline shots that made us want to talk and talk (and giggle, and roar with laughter). No time to eat or sleep, just completely overwhelmed by the expierience of a lifetime.
Lots of Love
Oh my sweet Pop..it surely was an experience of a lifetime! THE best ever! After Fulda, when we were SO disappointed, i never ever thought that our dreams would come true..but they did! And some... Thank you so much!
Thank you for a lovely report, Bellewood! You helped me remember so many funny little details that I had almost forgotten. Alex directing us was but one. I hope you are more happy than sad now that it is all over. I understand how you feel, and I think it is good to know we will meet him again. I'm sure there will be other opportunities, even if this was...special.
Thanks eandme.. I am more happy than sad now, though i still have very nostalgic moments when i feel like crying..but its passing. I can look back at that magical time now and smile. It was SO special wasn't it?.. and something that will never come our way again.
BUT.. we WILL see him again, of that i have NO doubt. Its just SO hard to let go!!!
Oh Annabelle ... it's been a complete joy to read your reports, I really felt that I was living it all over again. You've included so much detail - things I'd forgotten about - and I can well imagine the amount of time & work it's taken:
soduko.. he doesn’t really like them – too difficult
That made me laugh because it's exactly the same as me - I love crosswords but have never been able to complete a soduko!
was afraid to approach him in case I saw a look of apprehension or worse, exasperation, in his eyes. I had had this crazy feeling all day, that he knew I was watching him.
I think it's sometimes best to go with your gut feeling in this sort of situation - you probably did the right thing.
Holding up his finger on stage for inspection, after obviously having chewed too much
Oh - you saw that too!! It was so cute, wasn't it?
He’s been in the ‘business’ for so long that obviously he’s well versed in the art of ‘aloofness’ for want of a better word. He was polite and thoughtful and courteous, patient and accommodating. But at the same time he was detached, shy, separated from all, even when in a crowd.
I'm sure this is something he's had to cultivate in recent years. But one thing I've becomne certain of after studying him for so long - he is basically quite a shy person. I know it seems strange for someone so much in the public eye - but I'm certain it's true.
Maybe it’s only those who love him that can see it - I don’t know.. all I know is there’s a sense of an ethereal quality about him, an elfin prince, a heavenly angel..
That's something I've wondered about - whether it's just us that sees it. There are certainly those who don't see it, unbelievable as that sounds, but I always remember a magazine interview round about the time of the release of TTT - the female reporter said that he paused and closed his eyes while he pondered a question and it was as if someone had turned all the lights out. She had never met him before - so he does have that effect on others too.
When I first signed up to be an ‘extra’ my first thought was what an honour it would be to work on one of Elijah’s films. I had no knowledge then that he would even be there
It was exactly the same for me - I didn't even allow myself to hope that I might at least get a glimpse of him - I just couldn't believe it when I heard that he'd be there the whole time!!
Love.. for all eternity...
Again - thank you so much for this wonderful record of that amazing time - I shall go back to it many times and treasure it always:)
Awww!! THANK YOU SO MUCH!! " I shall go back to it many times and treasure it always:)" ..I'm really touched!!! :)
I am SO pleased that you enjoyed it.. I adore writing about him, and i'll be quite lost now that its finished!
But i have this LJ now, and i'm SO glad. Now i can talk about him ALL the time! It's wonderful..
I agree with you..i think he's shy too. To the outside world he appears to be really confident and cool..but i don't think he is. I think he avoided contact as much as he could because he really doesn't feel that comfortable with strangers. I LOVE that quality in him..it stops him being brash and big-headed, keeps him down-to-earth and humble..a real people's person! SO sweet!
"the female reporter said that he paused and closed his eyes while he pondered a question and it was as if someone had turned all the lights out"( I adore the way he does that!!)..if she wasn't a fan before..she sure was afterwards! I really can't imagine anyone who meets him, in whatever capacity NOT falling in love with him..and that goes for guys too!
I'm glad that i went with my 'gut' instinct..though i still regret it in a way, There was So much i wanted to say..and we all had the perfect oppotunity..but i just couldn't! He didn't encourage contact at all..and it felt all wrong. As i said, i would have hated to upset him in any way..see apprehension or worse in his eyes.. pity! *sigh*..
Love for eternity? Absolutely!!!
Oh, bless you, Belle!!
This last part of your report made me cheer and smile and cry in equal parts.
Thank you for sharing your heart felt feelings with us in such a way that it was almost as if we were there as well.
Thanks to Alex's blog OM stands out in my mind as the most special Elijah movie ever- even before it's finished , but reading all those lovely reports- of which yours must be the one tugging at my heart strings most of all- I just know I'm going to love it with a vengeance!
Thankyouthankyouthankyou for sharing!!
*blows you loads of loving kisses*
Aw, thank you Hobbitlove.. You've made my day.
I'm really pleased you liked it.. It was a journey and a half i can tell you, and i'm so glad you feel as though you took the ride with me, i really am.
"cheer and smile and cry in equal parts." Perfect. Thats how i felt too..
I can't wait til the film is released too, and NOT to see myself on screen, i can assure you..It will just be so nice to actually see something that we were all a part of..
"I just know I'm going to love it with a vengeance! Me too!!!!
**Hugs and kisses to you too**
well, i think this makes up for fulda. :)
in all honesty belle, i would like to think this experience far exceeds a convention don't you? how many times can you stand on the other side of a table and make a quick conversation with elijah then be shifted out? a lot of times if possible, but how many times can one say they were in a film with elijah? that's the thing that makes this so much better. it may never, ever happen again.
i thank you so much for sharing all this with everyone. it's been a shear joy!
Oh yes..this FAR exceeds a convention.. most definately..although Comicon last year will ALWAYS be so very precious to me!!
I didn't really have THAT much conversation with him, even though i SO wanted to... probably would have been able to say MORE at a convention really.. but there you're PAYING for the privilige..With this THEY were paying US...omg..fancy getting paid to gaze at His Loveliness..ALL day!!!! And as you say..how many people can say that they were in a FILM with Elijah!!! Awesome!!
And yes..this MORE than makes up for Fulda.. Its as if it was MEANT to be!!!
2007-02-25 01:14 am (UTC)
Elijah OM set
Bellewood, I read your LJ & your experience on the set over & over agian. Just picturing it in my minds eye. The journey that lead you there is a blessing. Elijah does has a aura around him. that shine so bright.
I so enjoy reading everybody LJ & their experience in meeting him.
Question: What time did you have to be on set & what time did it end.
This is so wrong of me to ask but did anybody when the day was over see where lij went, did he go to the pubs,apt.or his hotel.Did anybody spot him around town?
2007-02-25 02:10 am (UTC)
Re: Elijah OM set
I really don't know where Elijah went after we 'wrapped'.. (gosh, that sounds so..movie talkish!!) He was there one minute, and gone the next!! He can be SO fast when he wants to be.. before you have time to miss him, he's gone!
I don't think it was mentioned in the 'blog' either, where he went... I would assume he went straight to his hotel. I don't think he would 'party' when he had work the next day..probably on the phone to Pam, for a while, i would think.. she was in America at the time..poor Lij!!
We had to be on set for 8am on the first day, and 7.30am the second! I always thought that on day one, that he arrived after us..i can still see his dark head on the balcony with his camera, taking pictures!! My first sight.. but according to others, he was spotted walking up the hill towards the location, as they were on their way down to breakfast..so maybe he was there all along!
We finished for the day about 6.15pm the first day and about 3.50pm the second! We left straight away to travel home the second day, but i know he was on his way then to another location to film another scene!!
Hope this helps...
2007-02-25 04:58 am (UTC)
Hi there, Chickeepea! Thanks so much for the final installment of your story. It was a pleasure to read your thoughts! What a fun and exciting adventure! How glad I am that you had the opportunity to give him the CD yourself. :-)
Sad that this is your last story on this adventure...but who know what EW adventures you might have in the future!
Toodles for now,
2007-02-25 04:28 pm (UTC)
Re: Final chapter
Oh i do so hope that there will be more EW adventures to come in the future.. The more you have of Elijah, the more you most definately want! I can't wait.
Thanks so much for taking the time to read it. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Take care!
2007-02-27 02:21 pm (UTC)
Many thanks for sharing with your great experience with us :)
many thanks for your great and exhausting report of
your unforgettable and fantastic experience of
shooting OXFORD MURDERS. It's really very nice of you
that you've shared of it with all of us :) Your're
lucky person! It had to be lovely time spent there
with many pleasant and friendly people.
It's unique to keep so nice memories! :) I can't wait too see OXFORD MURDERS in a cinema.
I have a request. I have a small gift for Elijah which
I would like to send him and it's really important for
me to learn that my gift was really sent for him and
he has got it :) Could you advise me, please? It would
be really very kind of you.
Many thanks for your reply and have a lovely day :)
Greetings from Prague.
2007-02-27 10:45 pm (UTC)
Re: Many thanks for sharing with your great experience with us :)
Oh sweetheart.. I really don't know the best way to advise you on this one...except to say, if it was me i would most definately KEEP THE GIFT until such time that you can give it to him YOURSELF! If you send it, you'll never know if he got it..If you pass it onto someone to give to him, then it could get mislaid..so WAIT, until you can hand it to him yourself..That's what i did. I never thought i would have a chance.. but i did, so you never know! Your turn will come..have patience, and Never Give Up The Dream!
I'm so pleased you liked the report. Hope you enjoy the movie too. Take care Katerina..*hugs*
2007-02-27 02:41 pm (UTC)
Belle, you should be a writer!! Really! I really enjoyed reading your wonderful report. Every word let me feel the moment you've feeled on this trip!!! I^ve got to feel, see and hear all the things like i was there feeling, seeing and hearing with your heart, eyes and ears!!! I would'nt be sick reading your report over and over again, i'm sure!^^
I’m so glad now that I hung onto the cd that we made for him. I could so easily have given it to someone else to pass on.. but I didn’t. I wanted to see his reaction for myself and something told me that my chance would come one day .. and it did.
I had a book that I’d planned to give to him, about Rock music, but I felt we’d had our moment the day before.. I was afraid to approach him in case I saw a look of apprehension or worse, exasperation, in his eyes. I had had this crazy feeling all day, that he knew I was watching him..Mad I know, when he must be SO used to people looking.. how can they not gaze at such perfection! But it must get so wearing for him at times..and yet he never complains. So the last thing I wanted was to spoil what I had.. I held back. I regret it now, but it felt right at the time. I didn’t even thank him, shake his hand, even though I LONGED to do so..I shook Dani’s instead, I think he was a bit surprised, but he’d been so kind to us!
I'm glad with you!! And i highly respect you for chosing the right thing. And you certainly did the right thing to respect his wish and privacy!!! I'm sure, Elijah respect fans like you too. I mean, i know other fans, who don't care other people's wish and privacy and would selfishly get on nerves of their idol. But you show greatness. Honestly i respect and love you for that. You really care about Elijah.
A lot has been said about his amazing quality of being able to illuminate his surroundings, but it isn’t until you see it for yourself that you can understand just what it means. He looks for all the world just like everyone else in the room, but he has this special glow, a wondrous beauty that shines from him. Maybe it’s only those who love him that can see it, I don’t know.. all I know is there’s a sense of an ethereal quality about him, an elfin prince, a heavenly angel..
I think, everyone, who get to meet him, will see his light. I'm pretty sure about it. Include those, who aren't fans of him. Because he's a nice guy with an calm warm aura around him, who mesmerize everyone! And you described him soo well. For me he's an art himself with such a beauty and perfectness. I love him!!!
Here i discovered a lovely interview-clip of our angel:
I don't know, if somenone just share it here with you all. And i have one problem: I can't watch the pictures gallery, don't know why. Just got blank pages when i tried. could somenone help me?
2007-02-27 11:13 pm (UTC)
Re: Soooo lovely!!!
Thank you SO much for your lovely words. "you should be a writer"..I don't know about that..but i absolutely LOVE writing about Elijah.. i could use every scrap of paper in the world and it still wouldn't be enough.. once i start, i just can't stop.
"Every word let me feel the moment you've feeled on this trip!!! I^ve got to feel, see and hear all the things like i was there feeling, seeing and hearing with your heart, eyes and ears!!! I would'nt be sick reading your report over and over again, i'm sure!^^"
And THAT my dear is JUST what i wanted to do. I wanted to help people who couldn't be there, feel as though they were.. I'm so glad i succeeded for you!
"And you certainly did the right thing to respect his wish and privacy!!! ...You really care about Elijah."
You're right..i do, I really do.. Its really important to me that he's ok, that he's happy and contented. And do you know what? I've been feeling really dissatisfied that i could have done more, but reading your words has made me realise that HE was the most important, NOT me and how i felt.. So a BIG THANK YOU for that..
"For me he's an art himself with such a beauty and perfectness. I love him!!!" I agree.. and I love him too!!
Thanks for the Instant Talk show link. Not sure what you mean by the 'pictures gallery', can you tell me some more? And perhaps you'd like to give me a name i can call you by..it doesn't have to be your own!! Take care.
Thank you for sharing your ‘adventure’ with us, Belle. You made me feel and see and dream …
I’m sure to leave the pleasing view as means Elijah :-) must have been very hard
Reading your wonderful amazing report he delighted your Muse, no doubt.
A nectar sparkle on the blooming rose …
I can see YOU my dear, cheeks glowing, while a pure stream of light overflows the room, the sky, the world. I know that writing things out is sometimes the only way to get the joy out or leastways try to. Sometimes only looking at a picture of him lightens the room. Brightens the day, isn’t it so?
"His perfect face..
His eyes.. incredible, hypnotic, drawing you in..
Losing your mind in the depth of their beauty..
His perfect nose.. classic and regal..
His dimpled chin, his perfect cheek bones..
Those lips. .so full and sweet and adorably kissable.."
Indeed ... what a beauty ... you say it *kissable*
Thank you, lovey - have a wonderful day full of joy, pleasure, friends and Elijah ...
*hugs you very hard*
"You made me feel and see and dream … Thank you Julchen.. i'm so very glad that you shared the dream with me.
" I dreamed a dream, and thought it would never be..i longed and desired and waited.. never to stop believing..and it was, it is, a reality.."
"I’m sure to leave the pleasing view as means Elijah :-) must have been very hard "... you could never know JUST how hard! The emptiness i felt was so complete!
"A nectar sparkle on the blooming rose"...he sparkes and lights even the dimmest place just by the light in his eyes, the glow of his cheeks, the magical aura that is solely his..
"Sometimes only looking at a picture of him lightens the room. Brightens the day, isn’t it so?".. i could look at his picture every day for the rest of my life and never grow tired of it.. He IS the light in my life..
*hugs you very hard back* Thank you..
Thank you for your lovely report! I was there for two days as well and I am still so very very very happy. :) Your report brought back a lot of wonderful memories. Thank you!
Hi frodosweetstuff..Thank you.. I'm glad you enjoyed it.
Did you write one too. Can i see it??
I'm all behind with reading everyone else's stories. I didn't want to read too many before i wrote mine in case i subconciously mirrored their thoughts, even while agreeing with what was said. And now i can't find them all..*sigh*..
I know I'm a bit late in commenting here (sorry, connection problems), but I just wanted to drop a line to tell you how much I enjoyed reading all the four parts of your report.
You certainly put a lot of love in writing this and it's clear in each word. You were head over heels for being able to meet Elijah again and I absolutely cannot blame you. Being near Elijah, in the same room, it's the most amazing experience in life.
One can say it's crazy and immature, but only those who really love Elijah can feel this way, and yes, there's definately something incredibly magical about that guy. He radiates light and sweetness, he's always gentle and kind. A real gem.
Thanks again for sharing your amazing experience with us all, dear!
2007-03-26 08:09 am (UTC)
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