Extras, Extras (256th new thing).

January 20, 2012 § Leave a comment

There were going to be three hundred people arriving at the plant to perform as extras in the Hyundai commercial. These people were employees of Hyundai, who had auditioned a month earlier to take part in the show. And my main activity on Day Two Hundred Fifty-Six was to assist in signing them all in and taking photos of them.

We had our own assembly line going in one of the plant’s cafeterias, two people handing out their releases to sign, and KC and I collecting their forms and taking their picture with their name written clearly on a small dry erase board. I was the photographer.

The time went by quickly, as we signed in about two hundred people (some just didn’t want their extra $25/hour). I even had a chance to relay special announcements (follow me) through the cafeteria’s PA system.

Pretty jealous, aren’t you?

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Stepping where the big-leaguers do (175th new thing).

October 4, 2011 § 2 Comments

Day One-Hundred Seventy-Five found me working on another freelance job, this one for a Comcast commercial, shooting at the Georgia Dome and Turner Field. The shoot days weren’t until later in the week, but being the person that gets to drive a minivan of people around the city paid off. I was able to go on the location scout and get a real behind-the-scenes feel for the sports facilities. I walked on Turner Field and on the turf of the Georgia Dome, the same footsteps that the professional athletes take.

I saw the Braves dugout, their batting cages, and even walked on the field (staying off the grass of course) in the morning.

And after a lunch with the scouting crew I headed over to the Dome and got a first-hand look at the bright green astro turf.

I didn’t see any of the professional athletes whose footsteps I imagined I was following, but the whole behind-the-scenes experience was cool enough.

The fence, the fence, the fence is on fire (170th new thing).

September 30, 2011 § Leave a comment

Day One Hundred Seventy found me working the shoot day for a GA Lottery Keno commercial (mentioned on Day 169). I’m sure I experienced several new things throughout the day, but the one that stuck out most in my mind was watching a piece of fence get torched. Because who doesn’t love a good controlled fire?

It all kind of made me hungry for s’mores.

 

Built before my eyes (161st new thing).

September 21, 2011 § Leave a comment

On Day One Hundred Sixty-One the production offices of the Georgia Lottery commercial I was working on were moved to the Yaarab Shrine Temple where they would be filming in two days. The temple is also where the Rollergirls play, so this marked my second visit in three days. The auditorium worked well as a sound stage, with plenty of room to build any kind of set. In fact, the Shriners’ first taste of “Hollywood” as the manager called it was only a few months prior when MTV filmed a TV movie (“My Super Psycho Sweet 16”) in the gym. For me, sitting on the stage looking down, for the first time I was able to see a set, with three walls and all, be built from scratch.

Within the course of a day, between running in and out on errands and tasks I watched a group of men haul in loads of wood, carpet, and even linoleum to build a kitchen/living room layout. The walls went up, complete with windows and a hallway. The kitchen was painted according to the specifications of the design (Waffle House) and by the end of the day the Art Department began moving in furniture and accessories. All in the middle of a gym.

By the time we left for the evening everything was ready for lighting to come in and set up the following morning. A couple other production assistants and I rolled paper over the carpet to keep it clean while  dozen professionals trampled all over it as our last task of the evening. And people may say that Rome wasn’t built in a day, but with the proper preparation and talent, a living room/kitchen can be.

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