Sunday, November 10, 2013

Who Was That Masked Man? My father in law, apparently.



Had an AMAZING opportunity to visit a real working MOVIE SET this past week!  So proud of Chris Whaley, my father in law, who's book "The Masked Saint" (available here) is being turned into a movie as we speak!

The cast, crew, and everyone involved treated us like family and we were genuinely sorry to leave...Tim Horton's.  I mean...we were sorry to leave our new friends in Canada.  I can't say enough good things about the great people we met.  Almost everything you'd imagine about "movie people" was pleasantly incorrect about this crew.  There were no prima donnas, no real drama, and to be honest, if it weren't for the headsets, you'd be hard pressed to tell who the "important" people were on set.  Everyone was diligent, focused, and refreshingly humble and gracious.  

I know you've probably heard actors on tv complain about their long days and you ask yourself, "Really?  How hard could it be?".  Well, I will tell you that after seeing this cast and crew up before sunrise every morning, on set, working 10-14 hours per day, I can say unequivocally that making a movie is genuinely hard work.  

The sheer amount of hands and feet required to set up a single shot was mind-boggling.  For a mere 15 seconds or so of film, virtually every hand was involved.  Once that shot was done and they wanted to shoot it from a different spot, every hand had to move once again.  It was an immense and spectacular sight to behold.

I could go on and on, and I hope to be able to talk more about it soon, but until then, I thought I'd share a few sketches I did of the cast and crew who were so nice to us.  In order, this is the director, Warren, the Assistant Director, Miguel, and Assistant Director, John.  (I hope I got those job titles correct).

These were done in the hotel / airport lobby with my Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet in ArtFlow and Sketchbook Pro.  Still getting used to the tablet, but it was fun just the same.

Check out the website here and keep your eyes open for the movie!  Should be body-slamming into a theatre near you next fall!