• Short Summary

    A chef on board a luxury liner creates beautiful ice sculptures to decorate the tables at banquets.

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    Southampton, Hampshire.

    Exterior. Low angle L/S of luxury liner, the Coronia taken from the quay of an industrial dock. In the background several cranes are visible. At the bow of the ship two tug boats are anchored.

    Interior. M/S of cramped liner galley. The narrator comments the "one can't help envying the lucky people that work on board, see the world and get paid and all that". Two chefs are at work; one is preparing lavish dishes while the other, extra chef Jack Taylor, is moving a large block of ice. Jack takes a chisel and begins to chip away at the ice block. C/U of Jack at work. Jack has found "a way of keeping cool in the tropics" as a sculptor in ice. C/U of chisel chipping at ice. C/U of Jack's face as he squints to prevent ice particles flying into his eyes. C/U of ice fragments falling from the "three hundred pound" block. C/U of simple "wood working" tools on the galley's sideboard. Jack picks up a large saw. M/S of Jack attacking the block with the saw. C/U of the saw at work. C/U of Jack's face as he is hard at work - Jack "works to his own design without the aid of models or preliminary drawings". M/S of Jack working at the block of ice which is beginning to take the form of a swan. The narrator explains that Jack's preferred ice is American as it has more body. Close up of chisel shaping the curve of the swan's neck. C/U of tools on the sideboard. Jack lays down his chisel and picks up a small bent saw. M/S of Jack smoothing the tail of the almost complete swan. Low angle C/U of Jack adding the final touches to his creation. Tilt down to the neck of the swan. C/U of the chisel chipping at the tail - the narrator advises "always chip outwards with the chisel or the ice will crack". C/U of Jack's face shot through the ice. M/S of Jack polishing the swan before stepping back to admire it.

    M/S of banquet table laid with all kinds of delicious cakes and fruits and decorated with statuettes and ornaments. According to the narrator, Jack makes an average of five sculptures per week - the swan took one hour and ten minutes. Tilt up to reveal the banquet's centre piece - the ice sculptures! Jack is primping a sculpture of a sea horse. The sculptures only last six to eight hours at room temperature. C/U of Jack and the sea horse. C/U of the sea horse's head which is slowly melting - the ice is becoming more transparent and water is dripping from the tip of the sea horses nose. C/U of the swan's tail which has become glossy and clear as the heat takes effect. Tilt down to reveal the rest of the swan. M/S of slightly melted ice eagle - water is dripping from its wings.

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    Colour pictorials
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Time in/Out:
    01:08:26:00 / 01:10:38:00
    CP 163

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