Megan, one of my high school buddies, is a casting agent and she is working on a movie in The Hammer at the moment. I got an e-mail from her the other day asking if Max could be ‘the skateboarding kid’ in a scene they were shooting this afternoon. And, of course, we all said an enthusiastic thumbs-up!
I had to be there as chaperone because Max is under 16 years of age and, I have to say, I am so glad. We had a blast!
We arrived at our designated time and did all the paperwork required. Then Max was immediately swept into hair and makeup and the makeup guy was awesome and hilariously funny. After that it was ‘lunchtime’ even though it was 5:00 in the afternoon. There was a full spread of delicious hot food (including yummy vegan food for me and a big salad bar) and freshly baked pies for dessert. And so, before Max had to do any ‘work’ he had two dinners and two slices of pie.
Once he was called onto set it was not only fun bit also totally intriguing. There were swarms of people doing all kinds of jobs that I couldn’t possibly understand. Some looked extremely stressed and Type A and others looked completely relaxed. And some stood around the whole time looking as if they were doing nothing but looking important in their head sets. As Max was pulled off by one of the stressed-out-busy-people, I got to stand behind the cameras and see the behind-the-scenes of filmmaking.
Megan had told us that because Max is a child, the maximum amount of time he could be there was ten hours which meant that he could have been skateboarding through the one scene they were shooting until 1:30 in the morning. Fortunately, the novelty had not had a chance to wear off and his scene was done within four hours.