Day Fourteen -- Wednesday, July 30, 2003
After only four hours of sleep, I awoke, grabbed my bus, and made my way to Miller Park for another night under the lights. It started to thunder as I made my way to the stadium. Tonight would definitely be a rainy one.
Just after I arrived, and sat down to a meal of sloppy joes, the rain began to fall. At one point, the power went out to the entire stadium. It wasn't anything too serious, though. Five to ten minutes later, the power was back on again, and our holding area was once again bathed in light. It's not very often that you're inside a massive domed sports stadium when the electricity goes out. It was an interesting experience to say the least.
Later, when we were sitting in the stands for the first scene of the night, I mused at all the snow falling around us. Of course it wasn't snow; it was thousands of tiny knats driven indoors by the rain. As they flew aimlessly above us, the powerful stadium lights reflected off their tiny wings, giving the impression of falling snow.
It was an attractive sight. At least I thought so. Almost everyone else, though, saw them as an annoying irritant. The effect only lasted for ten minutes or so, and then disappeared. That too, isn't something you see every day.
Most of the day's scene were slow and unexciting. Usually we'd be moved to an area of the stadium that was in-frame, hang around for a bit while various shots were taken on the field, and then be moved again to somewhere else. This did little for our restless minds, but it was a blessing when it came to bonding with friends.
That being said, I think it bears mentioning a little about the friendships that have come to be while I've been working on the set of "Mr. 3000".
Dave is a fellow alum from my college. With the exception of my freshman and perhaps sophomore years, he was before my time. I hadn't really known him all that well while I was a student.
He and I happened to run into each other during one of the early "Mr. 3000" filming days, and as a result of pure curiosity, we met -- officially. We hit it off well, finding a lot in common, and ended up hanging out whenever we were both on-set. I've come to consider him a good friend. It's actually amazing how much of a friendship can be built when you hang out with someone 12 hours a day for 2-3 weeks! That's roughly 156 hours. Yeah, definitely a good friend!
An initial friend of Dave's from an earlier day of filming, I found Danika to be an intriguing character. In her early-to-mid twenties, she has a lot of energy. She has proven to be good company, both in terms of conversation, and pure personality. She's a flamboyant, cheerful and somewhat flirty young woman.
Although I'm happy for her recent engagement, it's bit sad to know that we will probably end up parting ways after we're done working on this film. She lives out in New York City, but is home visiting family for the summer. I have enjoyed her friendship on the set, and wish her luck in the future.
An initial friend of Dave's from one of my day's off during the filming of "Mr. 3000", Jessica, is another fascinating friend. She seems to have a lot in common with Dave and myself. She's also a recent college grad, intelligent, witty, friendly, attractive, and always quick with a smile.
Another alum from my college, he graduated sometime before I started my freshman year, so we only met in passing. However, we met up again at the recent auditions for the Alumni stage production, and then, again, by surprise here at Miller Park.
The days he's been there, we've hung out, joked, conversed, and shared plenty of anecdotes about common acquaintances. Though a couple years older than myself, he and I have a great deal in common. Unlike with Danika and Jessica, though, James and I will be working together on an upcoming stage production. Our interactions can continue, at least for a while.
Beyond those four friends, though, I haven't really gotten to know many others in this film. But, you're probably bored with that stuff.... so, back to Wednesday. :)
Dinner was very good! BBQ chicken breast, some of the best squash I've had in a long time, and some of the best mac and cheese I've ever tasted. Very good stuff. I'm getting spoiled by all of this good food. It may not be the steaks or seafood that Bernie Mac is eating, but for me, hey, I've been eating like a king these past few weeks! I have nothing to complain about!
A few hours later, the day's shooting started to wrap up, and it was announced that we could go home. Once again, most of the extras jumped up out of their seats and stampeded toward the check-out lines just to be first out of the stadium. Inevitably the call would follow, "We're NOT done yet! Sit back down!"
Another scene was shot, and when it wrapped, they all jumped up again, only to be told, "WE'RE NOT DONE YET!!"
Frustrating, yes. The four of us (Dave, James, Jessica, and myself) are old pros. Retaining our limbs and remaining at the back of the massive throng of rampaging youth is better for our health. It's not a good sign either, when the production company has to have police on hand to keep the throngs of unruly young people in check. Seriously. We've had cops on on-site for the past two days. ... [sigh]
Despite the disrespectful extras, though, I'm going to miss the set of "Mr. 3000". It's been a great three weeks. It's been fun. It's been educational. It's been one of the best jobs of my career. Other gigs may eclipse this down the road, but this one... this one will always hold a spot in my heart.
Ah well, enough musing. Off to my last day on-set. I'll post a recap upon my return. Have a blessed Thursday everyone. Until later,
Your happily blogging actor friend,