Wednesday, November 21, 2012
My Talk With Dad.
I'm visiting the folks a few days early for Thanksgiving when my dad and I are watching something on television. Whatever we settled on watching ended up being somewhat boring, so when a big night exterior scene came up, I decided to provide some commentary.
Me: "You know that moonlight that's hitting those buildings right now? That's fake. There's a guy in a boom lift* about eighty feet in the air with some big lights mounted in the basket."
Dad: "Really? That's interesting."
Me: "Yup. And see those houses in the back? The light you're seeing in the window isn't from a table lamp or anything. It's from a light the crew set up in each of those windows."
My dad seems to be studying the screen now, so I continue.
"Also, there's probably a light on the ground in front of a few of those houses so you can see them and it doesn't look too dark in the background. Plus see how tree in that yard is backlit? That's another one of our lights. Not to mention the pools of light you see on the street. Some of those aren't from street lights. Instead, we'll set up lights to mimic them. And then we wet down the streets and sidewalks to make everything look more interesting."
My dad sits silent for a second, still studying the scene. Then he speaks with some surprise in his voice.
Dad: "Wow. That sounds like a lot of work."
Me: (sits there in silence because the only thing I can think of is, "Uh... YEAH. What did you think I did all day at work??")
Happy Thanksgiving, everybody!
* We call them "condors" but most civilians do not. Same thing goes for "ratchet straps." Store employees will stare at you blankly if you ask for them. Instead, you have to ask for "ratchet tie-downs."