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Saturday, March 26, 2011

A Peach of a time in Atlanta

So, after 9 hours of plane delays, I finally arrived about 11pm local Atlanta time.  Sasha was just getting off work, and came to pick me up. We checked in to the cozy Hampton Inn and had a good night's sleep before starting my first full day in Atlanta.
The morning was spent shopping at the "trifecta" TJ Max, Ross Dress for Less, and Marshals, all side by side across the street from our hotel.  From there Sasha took me to a beauty supply house that specializes in African American hair product.  I recieved a mini lesson in hair, and many giggles as I asked questions. All I could think about was Sherri Shephard from the View screaming, "grab mama's hair" when their apt. building had a fire.  Rows and rows of hair and products I had no idea what to do with.
Then we headed to the location of where the movie shoot was being held.  It was in a neighborhood and "base camp" was at a park.  Base camp consisited of multiple trailers with sofas and chairs for the cast to relax in when it's their time, then there were hair and makeup trailers, and business office trailers, and a giant tent set up to feed the crew.  Our day began with  a meal at 2:30.  Mexican was on the spit, and it was very tasty.  Salad bar, slushie bar, juice bar, virtually anything you could think of was available. Movie cast and crew don't go hungy, that's for sure!
Here is Sasha with Keke Palmer, who is one of the stars in the movie.  Dolly Pardon and Queen Latifa had already finished filming before I got there, but I did enjoy visiting with Keke and watching her tape her scenes.  For a 17 year old girl, she is very delightful.  Seems to be mostly unaffected by all of this movie business.  You might know her from Disney, or Nickelodeon, or other movies.

Sasha and Luce.  Luce is the main script supervisor and sits beside the director going over the script and watching the scenes on the viewer.  Hers is a very exacting job, and she asked Sasha to be second script supervisor for two days since filming was going on in two places.  Sasha was most honored and did a great job at something new to her. Luce has a very impressive resume of movies she's worked on, and is highly regarded in her profession.

Filming went on much past midnight, and while sitting in the outdoor swing of the backyard they were doing scenes in, I lent a hand to the creative crew who were multi-tasking on hair bobbers...I was the model.  tee hee
While Sasha was working as script supervisor, I had planned to tag along.  The Assistant director, made mention of needing bodies on the bus that they were going to be filming, and I was certainly qualified for that. I sat on the bus and visited with Sasha's co-workers and had a police escort to our filming which was fairly hysterical!
Here I sat until we were told to move to the other side of the bus for filming.  I will be the head in the odd shaped window if you go to see the movie Joyful Noise.  I got the better end of the deal, as it was warm and dry in the bus, and things were definately cooling down as the sun went down.
One of the lovelies we enjoyed for dinner.  It was amazing to me, how many lobsters were cooked, but it was the last night of filming and this was a celebration.

As if we hadn't eaten enough, a fire truck came to set that cooked pizza's on the back of it.  Very ingenius, and most delicious!
Behind the scenes lighting trying not to have a glare of light on the car that they were shooting.

All in all is was an interesting day and evening.  Now I have a better idea of how a movie is made.  The amount of organization that goes into a movie is mind boggling.  They have been working on this movie since January.Long days and nights, but thankfully a most enjoyable group.

1 comment:

Baby G's Grandparents said...

How exciting--and now we can rent the DVD when it comes out and pause it on "your close-up" and we'll cheer and say it's Oscar-worthy--hee hee.

Fun to get a glimpse of the behind-the-scenes stuff that goes on--I like their meal plan, that's for sure!

See you soon!

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