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THIS was the last scene that was shot in Hambleden of Johnny Depp’s latest film Into The Woods.

THIS was the last scene that was shot in Hambleden of Johnny Depp’s latest film Into The Woods.

It featured actor Chris Pine, who plays Cinderella’s prince in the musical fantasy which combines well-known fairytales.

He is on a horse that gallops into the main square, which had been lit up by huge spotlights mounted on cranes. A crew of about 100 spent almost an hour on the scene and needed several takes to perfect it.

The ground had been prepared with mud and puddles while the roofs of the houses were sprayed with water to make it look chilly.

Residents were asked to remove their satellite dishes for the period of filming. The sign for Wheelers Butchery is listed so could not be removed and instead had to be covered up. In the film, the butchers is a bakers run by a couple played by James Corden and Emily Blunt.

Nick Hughes, from Henley, watched the filming with his son Charlie, six, and niece Megan Parker, 16. He said: “It was the only night’s filming they did in Hambleden and we saw Chris Pine galloping down the road with two soldiers calling out to the villagers.

“We saw this scene taken six times and it will probably make about 10 or 15 seconds in the finished film. They were doing effects like spraying the ground and roofs to make it look misty and atmospheric. My little boy and Megan were really impressed with the whole process.

“It looks very warm and cosy in the picture but on the director’s screen it had a very cold and frosty look. It was all very interesting and the lighting was spectacular. There were these massive spotlights on cranes. Seeing the whole village lit up like that was quite impressive.”

Mr Hughes, a graphic designer, said he was concerned about his son keeping quiet during the filming.

“Charlie was very good,” he said. “I told him he could only speak in-between takes. The crew were all very welcoming for people who wanted to watch but I was asked not to take any more pictures because it would ruin the imagination and spoil the film. It was the biggest set I have ever seen and I have been to see Midsomer Murders and Morse being filmed.”

Depp, who plays the big bad wolf based on the eponymous Broadway musical, was spotted filming in the village last month. He heads an all-star cast which also includes Meryl Streep as the Witch.

Depp’s 1999 film Sleepy Hollow was also shot on location in Hambleden.

Into The Woods will be released next year.

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