The day got off to an exciting start when, at a little after 5:00 a.m. this morning, I scooped up the puppy to hurry her outside for her morning pee only to lose my footing on the darkened landing and take a crazy carpet ride down the stairs – sans crazy carpet. As soon as I hit the ground floor, Lulu hopped out of my lap and happily bounded off and into the kitchen. She was just finishing off her morning pee by the one of the leather couches by the time I caught up.
Thankfully uninjured but more than a little spooked (I’m not superstitious, but I clearly started the day off on the wrong foot and my bad luck seemed to follow me through my morning work-out routine when I almost took out an overhead light executing a standing shoulder press). Still, I made it out of the house in one piece and vowed to be prepared – for anything. Especially bears. By the time I got my camera out yesterday, the cute little furball was long gone, so I made a mental note to myself “On the drive back home tonight, remember to have the camera handy.” Just as I was making that mental mote, my driver Larry hit the brakes and pointed – at the black bear sitting on the side of the road. Crap! I reached into the back seat, pulled out my camera, turned it on, and swung it around to snap – too late. It was long gone.
I finally made it to Widgen Park where Will was setting up the only scene we’d be shooting that day: scene 29, a seven and a half page complex monster. Arguing, stunning, fixing, shooting, running, jumping, falling. And that was just the behind-the-scenes goings-on. By the time lunch was called, we were running a little late but Will assured me he’d be making up time in the afternoon. Of course the best laid plans of mice, men, and determined directors can be completely undone by something as simple as an airplane flying over the location and ruining three successive takes.
Still, a good time was had by all, especially those hanging around the director’s chair as I had brought along some Zotter’s chocolates for those in need of a pick-me-up. The flavors providing the pick-me-up on this day included Dark Chocolate and Green Veltliner Wine with Long Pepper, Milk Chocolate Sunflower Seeds and Rye Bread, and consensus favorite Dark Chocolate Coffee Plum with Caramelized Bacon.
Tomorrow’s the big night shoot so expect my blog entry to be a little later – say, midnight-ish. Set your alarms!
Pics: David waiting for something to happen, Will psyche’s himself up, Joe’s alternative to bug spray.
Video: Click on the date. Oooh, spooky!