|On the Edge|
Playing it safe is not exactly an established life style for me but from time to time I find myself inching away from the risky in life and being careful. It is probably something which I am more exposed to with my current set of older friends (my age) and a health issue or two to deal with. Yes, I probably should not attempt to trim the blue spruce in the front yard by standing on the roof of the pickup. But I didn't see signing up for all night movie shoot in Las Vegas as risky until after listening to the reactions of some friends. The town has hotels I could stay at if I got too tired to drive home. And I threw in my bedroll and an extra blanket in case I wanted to pull over at one of two state parks in root.
And yes I was walking down dark alleys in the not best parts of Las Vegas and with strange people I barely knew. But movie people are the best of strangers. And on another level they are soul mates. It was nice being with a group of people you had an instant rapport with. And yet I almost called up the casting agency and cancelled. I was concerned about doing an all nighter at my age. But getting sleepy did not even occur. Too many things to talk about and do and study.
I have been wanting to get inside of the Castaneda Hotel before the renovations began in earnest and I did. Yes, I would have loved to wander all the halls with my camera but we were restricted and I opted to not bring my camera because it was a night shoot. And I have not been on a movie set for several decades. I figured I would limit complexities to some degree.
I am so thrilled I did not let the naysayers get to me. I had a grand time even though being background talent relies heavily on not my best of all traits - patience. But that was balanced by studying all the people pretending to be other people in front of complex technology for sound, lights and image. I love watching the key grips with all their robotic camera toys. If I was not on my best behavior I would have loved to make a pest of myself. And the craft crew had the absolutely best ladders.
As I drove home, still surprised with myself being wide awake, I ran over some of the moments of the 16 hour cast call. I think Reset, was my favorite word until "It's a wrap." The concept of going back to a point in the scene or action or life itself and beginning again: "Once more with feeling," has a nice ring to it. So end of this last period of playing it safe again. Reset.
Hoping for more opportunities to play behind the scenes of movies. New Mexico has a full slate of films on schedule this summer. If you are not living life on the edge you are taking up too much room.