October 29, 2011

People, let me tell you 'bout my great friends...

Doncha love when I make you sing things in your head?

We shot my pilot yesterday. It was pretty cool. I'm working with some terrific people. (Oh, it's a show about helping women buy cars. But with my personality all over it. That should explain it all...)

It's not a show yet, it's an idea for a show, and it needs a home. This was the next step. Anyway. I called in so many favours from so many awesome people, and I am stunned at how wonderful they all were.

Burlington Hyundai (my local dealer) literally let us take over their showroom for 3 hours. They moved cars out, they let us set up cameras and lighting, I had an office to change in, they killed the music while we filmed, we took over sales desks for makeup etc, and let us hook up cameras in a brand new Sonata. They rock. Soooooooo helpful. Thank you to owner Vince, and Colin who came in on his day off, and the staff who helped us out so much.

Discovery Ford let me shoot some outdoor stuff at their place. Auto Park in Burlington on the North Service Road let us shoot indoors and out (and thaw out between takes...brrrr). Thank you both.

Ardent Automotive, my favourite mechanics, let us invade. Jim and Nigel both took a turn on camera - I totally put them on the spot, and they were perfect playing...mechanics. Knew I loved them for a reason.

But the women I called on have been remarkable. Truly. I am so fortunate. Arlene, my high school English teacher who I've written about numerous times, turned over her whole fabulous house to us. And, she went on camera! Priya, my beautiful, talented friend, didn't just work all day as my 'co-star' (heeeee), she did all the wardrobe. She let me invade her spectacular closet and made sure I looked better than I've ever looked.

Sarah played a perfect 17-year-old. Probably because she is. Michelle and Mary Lou (who showed up because Michelle made her) were perfect in small on screen shots. These women all traveled after work and school to help me out. My own sons came because I made them. They were less sweet about it.

Brandy, a true pro, spent all day from 7:30am on doing makeup and hair.

I have no idea what will come of all this, but having so many people step up with a simple phone call is extraordinary.

I'm lucky. I really am.

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Anonymous PJ said...

The first line of this blog had me thinking...I hope the plane was on the ground at the time....

Otherwise the whole premise sounds like a great idea. Go Lorraine!

October 29, 2011 8:42 PM  
Blogger Chris Brown (not the felon) said...

Congratulations. But I should point out that as a pilot I take offence... nay... GREAT offence to line one of paragraph too (2). There may be times you don't like us. There may be times we offend you somewhat. But you DO NOT just take us out and shoot us.

I, for one, am funny that way.

GREAT offence.

October 29, 2011 10:48 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

Funny thing: I missed that line. I got hung up on the theme song (there's a trip down memory lane for ya), and now it's stuck in my head. Thanks Lorraine...

The last time that happened I was singing "Frog went A-Courtin'" (Muppet version, of course) for weeks.

I was going to make an inane quip about "auto pilots" but I lost the punchline somewhere in the refrain...

My word: layest

As in, "layest thou off the pilot jokes"

October 30, 2011 12:52 AM  
Anonymous buzzwhack said...

"Sky Pilot, how high can you fly? You'll never, never, never, reach the sky." The Animals 1967

October 30, 2011 1:26 AM  
Blogger Lorraine said...

No more shooting pilot jokes. Sorry. Sort of.

October 30, 2011 12:01 PM  
Anonymous Padraig said...

I suppose it's because the film biz was what I did when I was gainfully employed that I completely missed the double entendre. If indeed there was one. Now I know why people used to look at me queerly when I'd say "I've been shooting in the Eaton Centre"

October 30, 2011 3:19 PM  
Anonymous Zena said...

That would definitely leave a "lasten" impression on folks...

(Sorry - the word was too good to pass up. I'll stop now. Promise...)

October 30, 2011 9:30 PM  

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