"You Don't Have to be a Celebrity to Live the Adventure"
I have always wanted to know what it would be like to be on the set of a movie and for a weekend I got what I wished for. Not only did I get to help with all the behind the scenes stuff, I also made an appearance! I didn't realize how much work it was going to be, but I'm sure glad to have had the experience! We accomplished the making of the video with a very demanding director named Jerry, some of the staff from the park and a visit by a very special celebrity! (I won't mention the name of the celebrity, but if you want to take a guess, you can post your idea in the comment section of the blog post.)
|Jerry, in the orange shirt, preparing the camera.|
|A Snapshot from the video at the 2 min mark.|
OK, back to the story. The staff that weekend were actors, assistants, props, make-up artists, costume providers and stage hands! This might seem exciting, we thought it would be too, but take a look at this photo to the left. There was a lot of holding those light reflectors and fighting the wind not to carry them away. If a cloud passed over we had to patiently wait until the light came back, adjust and hold in position through the action. I'm sure you must know that a scene shot can never be right on the first, second, or even third try...so needless to say it took 3 days of filming to make a 3 minute video!
On the morning of the second day I was standing at the ironing board preparing a shirt for our special guest celebrity, with my Ipod in my ears, when he walked right up to me with another staff member to be introduced. Because I had my earphones in, it took a second to catch my attention, I was not at all prepared! I couldn't believe there was a celebrity in our park! We were all a bit nervous, but it was a real joy to work with him. He was very kind and not at all high maintenance, like you would expect from a celebrity. In Zatara at the top of the stairs, before the swinging bridge, we prepared a make shift dressing room for him. I bet he had never had a dressing room like that before!
I would have to say one of the best memories of those 3 days was painting the faces of the guides who were in the musical drum scenes and then trying to shoot it! To see the finished product was absolutely amazing! It was a lot of hard work but we couldn't be more thrilled about the final outcome! I really hope you enjoy the video!
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