Happy March, everyone! We had our birthday bash and an introduction to spring in some areas.
And, along with those things, I had the opportunity to do something I’ve always dreamed of doing. Our favorite winery that we visit in North Georgia was the location for a movie shoot. We are friends with the owners and were able to be there when they filmed.
And my husband told them I wanted to be in the movie….Hmmm….so we were extras!
Here we are! I’m on the far right, my husband is in the middle, and our good friend is on the left.
So, we were there from 8:30 to 3:30. They gave us a nice lunch as well. But here’s the thing. I was only in the movie shots for about 30 minutes. (Which was really fine with me.) Because I got to sit and watch everything! I’ve always wanted to watch a movie being filmed and here I was, watching! How interesting.
I took some pictures, but am not allowed to share them until the movie is out, which won’t be until August. But it was fascinating watching the crew and the actors all day. And it was a romance. Seriously! A clean, sweet romance. And the scene we were filming was a wedding! Ha! I can’t give away anything about the movie, but there were twists. I guess I can say that much.
As a writer, I was intrigued by how many times they would shoot a scene. I mean I know all the lines to the wedding ceremony, it was that many. And from all different angles. Where I was sitting I could watch 2 different computer screens where they each had the scene from 2 different perspectives. Some up close, some further away. Then they’d stop, switch angles, start shooting again. The actual scene I was in they had one of the actors say his lines 5 different ways, with different tones and words. I guess they decided while editing which one fits the movie the best. They were all good, just different.
So as a writer, and reader, I found this process inspiring. Everyone with the movie crew and the actors all worked really hard. Yes, it was repetitive, yes, I’m sure it was tiring, but that’s what it takes to put out a good product. It reminded me of editing my books. How many times does an author read their books before sending to their editor, or publishing the book? More than once, that’s for sure.
And how many different ways do we see a scene?
I probably could look for more ways. What I learned that day as a writer was invaluable. I keep revisiting the day in my mind as I’m working on my book. Can this be better? Would a different look on this scene be beneficial? And as I reader, I love the final product. The book that was crafted together by someone with imagination, tenacity, and a will to share what’s in their heart and soul.
In honor of my movie shooting day, I’m giving away a $5.00 Amazon gift card—you can rent a movie! (Or buy a book!) And just as side note, my husband was in the movie for more than 3 hours of shooting, and has gone back 2 more days for more scenes. I told him he now has a new career!
My question to you is this. Have you ever seen a movie being shot? Do you even care to if not? And if so, what did you find fascinating about it? I’ll pick a commenter at random for the gift card. Any comment made by midnight March 24th will be eligible.