See this picture? Don’t we look so happy? Ha! Yes, that is me and Eric Dane taken yesterday. My daughter and I had the chance to visit one of the sets of the movie Grey Lady here in Nantucket. John Shea, the writer and director of the film, read my book Ever Near last winter. As a fellow writer and all around great guy, he generously offered me a visit to the set so I could see what it’s really like to make movie magic.
Even though that was several months ago, he remembered and yesterday was the big day. I took my daughter along, so she could enjoy the experience with me. (photo credit goes to her)
Here are a few lay person observations of what it’s really like on a movie set.
1. Hard Work
Everyone involved—actors, lights, sound, costume, you name it—they work long hours with seemingly few breaks.
2. Difficult conditions
A steady drizzle, punctuated by the occasional downpour, was the order of the day for weather.
3. Wonderful people, one and all
Everyone treated us warmly and made us feel welcome from the costume designer who I befriended to the sound technician who let my daughter listen in on his headset. I could clearly see how much fun it must be to work with so many creative and talented people.
Well that is all I have for now. Thanks for reading and be on the lookout for a new post in the next couple of weeks featuring the cover of EVER LOST.
Melissa MacVicar lives on Nantucket Island where she writes novels and teaches writing to seventh graders. She loves eating sweets, Downton Abbey, fantasy football, and wearing comfy pants. She loves to get messages from her readers so don't be shy!