You never know what you'll run across in Las Vegas.
This time our friend Dave tipped me off that crew was filming a car commercial,
so I ran out to see what was happening.
I didn't find cars, but something unusual was definitely going on.
Waiting for "And... ACTION!"
I had never seen a film crew working up close before, so I watched for several hours.
I was there so long, a crew member offered me food and water during a break
when she was passing them out to the extras and the filming crew in the shoot.
I passed, because I didn't want to push my luck.
Everyone was so good about letting me shoot photos,
as long as I didn't get too close or in the way.
It didn't take long to realize that filming includes
a whole lot of standing around for most people involved.
Much of the waiting was caused by moving equipment
and managing traffic around the closed off streets and in and out of the California.
The concept behind the ad was perplexing to me.
There were highly colorful characters, some of whom were jugglers,
and there were beautiful showgirls and giant flowers on stilts.
They all paraded up and down the sidewalk with deadpan expressions on their faces.
Some had painted faces as masks, some had noses and makeup as masks,
and some had blank expressions as masks.
As soon as the actors finished their walks,
their deadpan expressions would falter,
and they would give photographers like me some great expressive shots.
Eventually, the cars showed up, and the actors took a break,
heading for the parking lot across the street.
Time for a Break
It turned out to be a car commercial after all.
They didn't have to do as many do-overs as the human actors.
Back to work! My heart went out to the flowers on stilts.
They had been walking on them for hours
and would continue their balancing a while longer.
A Last Look at the Cell
I squeezed in a few more shots as Terry came to drag me off to Pizza Rock for dinner.
I realized as I headed off with Terry that the photos I took of filming the commercial
would work as a post for Rain's Thursday Art Date theme Mask
and for Nicole's Friday Face Off this week.
I'm so glad that my friend Dave alerted me to the action.
Sometimes you just get lucky, and people often call me Lucky Louise!