Ella Enchanted

Ella Enchanted the movie was shot in and around Dublin, Ireland.

David took these photos during a day's filming at Powerscourt Estate, site of the highest waterfall in Ireland. He and I were allowed by the producers to observe for three days. You probably know, but I didn't, that movie scenes are shot out of order and over and over again.

We loved watching Anne Hathaway. The director, Tommy O'Haver, would tell her to read a line the slightest bit differently, and she would. Then he'd ask her to try it another way, close to what she'd just done but not quite, and she would. Again and again, and she always came through.

We were told that if a single minute of usable film resulted from a day's work, it was a good day. Probably some of the people on the set were bored, but we weren't. We would have been happy to continue gawking to the end

Lucy Punch plays Hattie in the movie of Gail Carson Levine's novel Ella Enchanted

Lucy Punch as Hattie

Jennifer Higham playing Olive in the movie of Gail Carson Levine's novel Ella Enchanted

Jennifer Higham as Olive

The elves are taking a break

The elves are on a break

Anne Hathaway and producer Jane Starz on the set of Ella Enchanted

Anne Hathaway and producer Jane Starz

On the Ella Enchanted movie set -- Director Tommy O'Haver, Hugh Dancy (who plays Char), Lucy Punch, and Jennifer Higham

Director Tommy O'Haver, Hugh Dancy, Punch, Higham

Gail Carson Levine with Anne Hathaway and Hugh Dancy

Anne Hathaway, Gail, Hugh Dancy