Surrounded by fire, water, hundreds of wreaths of flowers and music, making this amazing film during the Festival of San Juan in Jávea, where the real and undisputable star of the Fiesta was wonderful dress by JodyBell.
I will tell you that as soon as it touched my skin, I never wanted to take it off...
But I'll start at the beginning. Afterwalking through the revolving doors of the Hotel Denia Marriott in La Sella, I glimpsed in the distance and saw, sitting elegantly in a beautiful baroque sofa, an extremely attractive woman. It was Jody! She had brought two amazing dresses with her; one would be for the film, and the other... was a gift for me! Made to measure of natural silk, a real pleasure for the senses.
I went over to her, and sawone of those looks that denote closeness and affection. We kissed twice, talked for a while, and then the time had come that I was so looking forward to – to put on the dress!
After a few small last minute arrangements, I was ready for filming, both mentally and physically.
Then to action with Dean and his team. We headed to Javea and to the place where, hours later, we would film. Dean gave me some directions and I already started to make a mental composition of the piece and place.
Then the celebration of San Juan. It was amazing! We enjoyed the parade, walking through the streets of the city center next to the Javienses. All of them wearing crowns of flowers and leaves while jumping over the bonfires for good luck with beans in their pockets. Some women carried beans in baskets that were given out to the spectators and participants, us included.
As dictates the tradition, we were then at the last stake,along with thousands of other people. I started throwing the wreath of flowers at the fire. They say that with the launch of the Crown it is purified and luck will last for the rest of the year.
I still remember the extreme feeling of heat and how, suddenly it began to rain on my head... what a moment! But no, they were not clouds but firefighters who doused us with cooling water in the sweltering heat!
I loved that water, and in a moment of pure happiness, I lifted my arms and my eyes to the sky.
While I moved around the fire, I could feel the dress caress and melt into my skin, something which happens at these fiestas, when the fire melts all chairs and furnishings of its inhabitants stacked in a kind of pyramid called "Old junk Foguera". But I wasn’t harmed!
And finally the film itself. So good it bought me to tears, thank you Jody Bell and your team for making it happen.
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