Last month I worked as Henry Cavills body double for the new Huawei P9 Commercial, showcasing their new partnership with famed camera maker Leica. The commercial was shot in Shanghai and I stayed with the cast and crew at the amazing Pu Li hotel for the duration of the shoot.
The whole experience was fantastic. The experienced crew were lovely and Director Baille Walsh was very warm and welcoming. We shot at four locations- A gigantic hotel suite which looked owned by a Bond Villan from Rodger Moore's days, a tightly packed urban market just on the precipice of being taken over by the vast skyscraper developments nearby, The Chinese communist centre, home to propaganda speeches by the party since the beginning of the century, and the entrance of the Jin Mao Tower, one of the tallest buildings in Shanghai, flanked by the Shanghai tower and the Shanghai world financial centre.
Work as a body double is simple really. the body double who has the same physical measurements as the star is used by the director to work out the action and blocking of the scene or shot, as well as standing in to work out lighting needed.
Shanghai itself was incredible. No other city ive visited compares to it in terms of sheer scale. It truely seems endless. When you add in the smog, which restricts visibility to about 1.5km, you get the sense you are in a Sci-Fi City like those in Blade Runner.
I'm very grateful to have been a part of this commercial, it was one of the funnest jobs Ive ever done and ill always remember my short stay in Shanghai. The best part was working with such talented and lovely cast and crew members. Its always great to learn from them and at the same time have a good time doing it!