December 5, 2011 § Leave a comment
I’ve heard that the Georgia Dome before a Falcons game is unlike any other football stadium in the country. Maybe it’s the culture of Falcons fans, maybe the urban setting. For me the excitement begins as I walk to the dome, across an abandoned looking bridge overlooking a train yard, down a street with throngs of people in Falcons gear, and under the interstate, where music and shouting and smells of grilled meat bounce off the concrete walls of the roadways around me.
I’ve only ever experienced this sensory overload on Sundays afternoons, when Patrick and I make our yearly visit to a Falcons’ game. Until Day Two Hundred Fifteen, when we saw the Falcons battle the Green Bay Packers in the evening, for Sunday Night Football.
I didn’t find too much difference between the day and evening crowd, except perhaps people being more inebriated, having had more drinking time before kickoff. Since Atlanta plays in a dome, there is no darkening night sky to alter the mood on the playing field. The experience walking from our downtown usual parking lot to the dome was just as thrilling as any other game, but under the darkness of night I found I had to be even more careful about tripping over anything (me being a klutz and all). But there certainly was something more mysterious and energized about it all, or maybe I just wanted there to be.
The game was not worth remembering. While the first half found the Atlanta fans with hope in their hearts, the Packers ultimately dirtied the birds with a 25-14 victory.
We left a little dejected, and I wondered if indeed I was a bad luck fan. It didn’t seem that many sporting events I attended this year resulted in victory for the home team. But as for the Falcons-Packers match-up, I can say that at least the Falcons fans weren’t dressed as Oompa Loompas.
October 4, 2011 § Leave a comment
I went to a Falcons exhibition game as a preteen when the Georgia Dome first opened as a football stadium, but Day One Hundred Seventy-Seven was my first time working at one (or any football game for that matter) -unless you included the brief stint as my high school’s mascot.
We had the opportunity to watch part of the game from the nosebleeds, but I didn’t really have time, shuffling the talent back and forth from their seats. So my first pre-season NFL game was kind of a bust (especially with the home team losing), but at least I was paid to be there.
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.
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.
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.