Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Gone Hollywood.

Living in Southern California certainly has its advantages. The mild winter climate, the proximity to amazing areas (mountains, beach, desert, city- each about an hour away) and attractions (we're nearly centered between Sea World, Legoland, Disneyland, Universal Studios, Knott's Berry Farm). If you don't count the traffic, high living prices, and the fact that we're a blue state, we live in a really cool place. Location, Location, Location.

Speaking of Location (really lame segue, I know)I have a cool story to share! I've confessed to you before that I am a recovering Theatre Geek. Though it's been a long time since Drama Club, there are some lingering side effects. One is that I love live theatre, another is that I can sniff out a movie being filmed a mile away. It's a considerable gift- one that I get to use every so often here on the Pacific Coast.

So, last June when we were driving to a concert at the Orpheum in Hollywood, I peeked down a sidestreet and saw this:



I just KNEW something was going on down there... (to be fair, everyone else in our car knew, too. It was pretty obvious. But, since it's my blog we're going with the 'Amber's secret power' angle) We were a little early to the concert, so my husband, my brother Micola, and I headed on a little walk down the street to see what we could find.

And lookie here... there was a flurry of moviemaking activity going on! We just quietly walked up to the set and did our best to blend in. I tucked my camera in my jacket and tried to take some veeeery discrete pictures...because I was trying to be so casual, most of the photos were not very good, but you can still get the idea (click to enlarge):



I was standing right about here when I noticed a notebook... I took a picture of it so I could remember what the title said, and we could go look it up on the internet when we got home.


You can't see it very well from here... but the movie script you are looking at right under the monitor was HOTEL FOR DOGS... the movie we went to go see just last night!!!! How fun is THAT?


We were standing about here... right next to one of the show's stars, Jake T. Austin:


I guess we were pretty good at blending in, cause Jake asked my brother if he knew what 'we' were waiting for. Later, the person in charge of the street background people told my brother that it was 'time to get out there.' Micola must have one of those faces- ha!

Okay, to enjoy these pictures, you'll have to squint a bit. If you've seen the movie, you'll recognize that black animal control truck, with the dog catchers stepping out of each door:


In this shot, you'll see Jake coming around the corner there... red shirt, tan pants.
And in this pic you can make out Emma Roberts & Jake running down the street:
This guy here is Thor Freudenthal, the director. It was fun to watch him interact with the stars and crew, do the directing, and come back and watch the playback of what they filmed:


My kids were most excited to see these pictures....
It really was a privelege to be able to stand and watch these people working. Watching the movie last night was so fun! I kept noticing details about where I had been and what I had seen. It was such a treat!

Again, I'm impressed by what cool things are out there when we just keep our eyes open, and are willing to be a teensy bit adventurous, and a tiny bit flexible to even a slight change in plans. It's true spiritually, too...

Lord, let me keep my eyes open today- let me be adventurous, and flexible, and help me remember to peer down sidestreets to see what You have planned for me this day.

Trust in the Lord with all your heart;
do not depend on your own understanding.
Seek his will in all you do,
and he will show you which path to take.
Proverbs 3:5-6 NLT

OH! I almost forgot... I guest posted over HERE today...

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17 comments:

Andrea Frazer - Pass the Zoloft said...

When I'm back on a show you can come visit anytime!

Halfmoon Girl said...

cool experience. My brother is an actor, so I have been to a few sets- not as exciting for these actors as one might think- lots of waiting around. Good food though...

chickadee@afamiliarpath said...

well how cool!

Diana said...

How fun! I JUST took my kids to see this movie yesterday, so thae scene withthe two kids is really fresh in my mind. Can't wait to go home and show my highschool son (future recovering theater geek, I suspect.) Thanks for sharing!

Growin' with it! said...

you have THE funnest (yea, not a word?) life! what a great treat!

mer@lifeat7000feet said...

VERY cool. My kids are dying to see that movie, but we just haven't had a chance!!!

Jules from "The Roost" said...

Oh I wish I had some California weather! Neat experience for you all!

Stacey said...

Amber if it makes you feel any better I was a theatre Geek too in high school. So much so I auditioned for Sister Act 2. I can't believe Lauryn Hill beat me out for the role (totally kidding)

PJ said...

what fun!! A couple of years ago "Streets of Perdition" (I know a VERY DARK MOVIE!!!) was filmed in a little town just north of us. We happened by, so we stopped and hung around...but I did NOT have the presence of mind to take cool pictures...AND it was NOT a FUN movie like DOG HOTEL! But we did get a glimpse of Tom Hanks and the antique cars were cool...as was the fake snow.

Fran said...

I would have been all up in the middle of that with you!!! How fun is that???!!!!

Awesome fun!!!

Melissa @ Breath of Life said...

So very cool!

Becky said...

Way cool!

Y'all have GUTS to go 'blend in'. I would've been too afraid of getting caught, lol!

I'm picturing you and your bro backing along walls, darting behind shrubs and trying to look all ingognito as you get close to the action...all to the tune of Mission Impossible's theme music.

The Daily Bee said...

Like Becky I would have been too afraid! lol.

Very COOL!

Beck said...

That's so much fun! Lucky you to live in an interesting place like that!

Tiffani said...

Goodness...Southern California seems like a world away from WAY down/over here in the deep south...

What a FUN day!! My kids would've flipped out!!! Wow!

What a memory for them! We haven't seen the movie yet but my kids can't wait until we do!

BeFri said...

Neato!

Jenster said...

That is so cool!! I've seen movies being filmed on both coasts, but never such a cute one!