May 16th, 2013
I’m not much of a drinker but here I am taking “shot-skis” with my friend’s fellow film crew members. Over the last couple of days I’ve been hanging out with these people and they party much harder than I’m used to. It’s quite funny to think about this small quiet town here in North Carolina being bombarded with a huge group of hollywooders who have nothing else to do after work but party. They’ve been here for six weeks now and all the locals know them well, having had their little world shaken up by the crazy L.A. party crew.
It makes me happy to see my friend being part of something like this. Ever since I’ve known him in high school he has always wanted to be in film and now he is doing it. We are sitting around a huge table and one by one he tells me what each person’s job on the movie is and I find it fascinating to see what kind of personality types fit what tasks. I meet the director, who is a girl in her late 20’s, and she vents a bit of her stress from directing a crew and keeping deadlines. She is an inspiration to me being so young and this being her first film. I can understand her stress having just spent the last few months working on my own first short film with no budget and a crew of 3 including me. I have always had an interest in the film world but never pursued it until recently and it is a great inside experience to meet people like I’ve met here.
The last few days have been great. During the day I’ve been able to use internet, work on the blog, write and even go explore the surrounding area. For example, yesterday I visited an awesome hidden treasure tucked away in the mountains far off the main highways called Lake Lure. I never would’ve expected to have such a good time in this random previously unknown part of North Carolina but it has been a real pleasure to step into this new little world of filmmakers and get a taste of their lives for a few days. Tomorrow morning I set off again to see another part of this state and another familiar face…