Thursday, October 29, 2009

OOOOhio, where the wind goes sweepin -wait, that's not it

Anyhow, we're a go for the B unit trip to Ohio.

Truck stops, car mounts, and TONS of driving.

Tally - ho!

I'll be away for a week or so, with updates upon my return.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I met Death...he plays the harmonica.

Right after this last feature wrapped (yay!), I figured it was time to get some footage for a documentary I've been dying to make.

So, in 16 hours, I contacted my subjects, booked a hotel, figured out the logistics, oiled my car, tried (and failed) to get better equipment than I own, and high tail it to Salem, Massachusets. The week before Halloween.

(Insert not the sharpest tool in the chest joke here.)

It was a circus/zoo/amusement park all rolled into one small New England town! I think everyone should experience it at least once, and I do want to go back earlier in the season to absorb some culture without being so overwhelmed.

Some of the highlights:

Death sitting on the street with his hat out, playing the harmonica. Tunes included Those Were The Days, Austin Powers, and other tv hits.

Armies of little witches in blinking hats. I believe the oldest of them was around eight. No doubt in their heads, they actually were flying on their little brooms and hazing the crowd.

Boiled bagels. This may not seem like a big thing to you, but to me, and actual boiled bagel with lox and cream cheese is just this side of Nirvana.

Getting to meet some of the new magicians - these guys were great! Stupendous! Totally awesome! And I'm really psyched about the show, the documentary, and life in general.

Soooo tired - I'm going to sleep until I have to leave again.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

What's in a name? More than I thought...

I am the MASTER of making myself look like an idiot.

On this last shoot, I kept talking about a movie that I had done earlier that's doing it's festival run, and doing pretty well.

Not considering that many others had not heard of or been involved with the film, there was some cognitive confusion as I kept mentioning the film's title.

I wonder how many people thought I was implying something quite different every time I mentioned -

Friends With Benefits.

Oh god, save me from myself.

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Always read the directions...

I've been on a shoot in the cold and feeling under the weather, so decided to spring for some of those 'keep the colds away' pills.

So, I get back to the hotel room and call my mother after grocery shopping.

The pills look a little big (vitamin c - orange flavor) but I pop one anyway.

That's when the tablet starts fizzing in my mouth. A disconcerting sensation, to say the least. My conversation becomes muddled as I resemble a pet with rabies, and dig through the trash to find the box.

Apparently, these tablets are to be dropped in a glass of water rather than administered orally. Ooops.

I really have to start reading the directions when I'm tired.