We had a shadow puppet project to carry out in four hours. It was our first group project and I am super happy with the result. I worked in tandem with my colleague Saffron on the design and cutting of the main character, the Queen.
Once we got everything ready we had to start shooting. It was quite challenging to shoot the whole sequence in one take.
The joke at the end about the queen waving a fake hand is a reference to a real event that Princess Anne reported to Robert Hardman, the author of the book The Queen of the World. A fake hand-waving machine was given as a gag gift to Her Majesty by a group of Australian students.
“They gave her a stuffed glove on a wooden lever so that you could tweak the end of the lever and this hand went to and fro,” Anne recalled. “I think they thought it was rather cheeky but Her Majesty was thrilled.”