I walked around tonight.
Yeah, ok, not really something to write about, but this was different.
Currently I’m working on a big reality show. Due to a confidentiality clause I can’t say what I’m doing on the show. All you need to know is that the hours are long and the schedule is LATE. The neat part of the job is that I’m in a legitimate studio lot, one where a lot of famous shows and movie have been filmed in.
While I am working, the plus of the job is that I have a bit of down time. Most of the down time is used to either waste away online, write my blog (::ahem::) or eat at the 24 hour kitchen.
Tonight I was enjoying a late night piece of toast with jam as one of my coworkers came in. We started shooting the shit and talking about how we’re trying to stay awake.
“I just did a bit of a jog to keep me up man.” my co-worker said.
“I walked around the New York set too, it’s pretty freaking rad.”
“Really!” I replied “That’s a pretty damn good idea.”
“Dude, do it, it’s pretty neat down there. It’s kinda freaky too at this hour too.”
Inspired, I finished my toast and quickly headed out to do a bit of wandering.
I started wandering around the lot, peaking my head in at any open sound stages and found my way to the New York street set.
It’s an open set, used for exteriors. Shows such as Seinfeld were shot on this street (hell I even found the store front for the Soup Nazi’s shop.) It was mostly dark, and lit by the moon and any small amounts of lights nearby. I would be lying if I didn’t walk in a little scared. Not scared of being caught, but it was pretty convincing at night. It felt so real that I could have sworn I’d seen a homeless guy sleeping near a stoop.
Now the walk wasn’t that long…because it wasn’t that long of a set. I was done walking in “New York” before I even started.
I wondered around a little bit more on the lot, looking at the suburban area sets and such. It was nice.
On my way back to set I realized one thing about myself.
No matter how long I’ve been actually working in this industry, I still get excited about the whole filmmaking process. I still love looking at sets, or watching a scene get filmed. I’m still super curious when I see film crew on the streets of LA because I want to know what they’re shooting.
Yeah, this industry is hard and challenging to ones ego and self-esteem, but I’m glad I’m still able to maintain my naive look and feeling on film. Walking around a set is still magic for me, and I hope I never lose that.