The final day/night of shooting was a marathon event that concluded at 6:00AM -- an all-nighter. I wasn't there to blog about the excruciating details. I can say that although nobody actually ran 26.2 miles, I bet everyone felt as though they had.
In a previous post I started to write about where the term "in the limelight" comes from. I've finally had a chance to refer back to Bill Bryson's "At Home" where he writes "if you took a lump of lime or magnesia and burned it in a really hot flame, it would glow with an intense white light." A british engineer and inventor Sir Goldsworthy Gurney, using a flame (made with a blend of oxygen and alcohol), was able to heat a marble size lump of lime "so efficiently that its light could be seen sixty miles away." The device was used successfully in light houses, and in theaters. The light was not only "perfect and steady but also could be focused into a beam and cast onto selected performers -- which is where the phrase in the limelight comes from." The downside to the perfect but intensely hot light, was that it was a major fire hazard. "In one decade in America, more than four hundred theaters burned down." Bryson, At Home, p.126.
And finally, in my day six post, I wrote about how the director etc. are "on" almost the entire time of a shoot. I forgot to mention Karlo, the omnipresent sound guy (boom operator). He's always in the knot of focused activity near the camera -- without him, it would be a silent movie.
Thanks again for letting me share this experience. And now a few more pics: these are mine, not Jordan's so please pardon the quality.
Arienne holding Josie, recording live baby sounds.
The rock-steady Karlo
Kimby loading up the MLD lighting truck
Waxahachie Fire Dept.
Gaffers Michael and Gary setting up lights
Intern Madison, toiling away in wardrobe.
Kimby, her Grandmother, and the extra (and Dallas Heritage Village employee/historian) playing the rail conductor.