Thursday, September 12, 2013

A VISIT FROM THE MOVIE MAKERS

SOMETHING THEY SAW ON THE WEB ATTRACTED THEM ----SO THEY HOPPED A PLANE IN CALGARY, ALBERTA---FLEW TO FLAGSTAFF--RENTED A CAR---AND SHOWED UP AT OUR CAMPGROUND OUT IN THE NATIONAL FOREST NEAR GRAND CANYON.

We knew they were coming---but we didn't know precisely why.  Here's our modest group of rigs.

Like thousands of others we're here for this---the grand views of Grand Canyon---this is the most popular of them all---Mather Point.  Sadly, lightening killed a couple right here a few days ago.

Ran into this nearly naked lady at the Laundromat--yes it's Laurie-- so determined to wash everything she has--that she borrowed a towel for modesty's sake then threw her total wardrobe into the washers.

And then they arrived--- there they are---a high powered director of many movies and documentaries and his equally famous cameraman---Can't tell you who they are(confidentiality agreement) but you would know their movies.
Super nice folks---who took the time to answer our questions about movie making and  the famous stars they have worked with.
And then they began to film----EVERYTHING.

Laurie's solar panel array

Bob's amazing trailer.
And me.  It's really a treat to be directed and filmed by experts---they know how to extract the gold from their subjects---everyone enjoyed their on camera experience.

They came inside my rig and recorded 3 of my best poems and extracted a condensed version of my philosophy.

They really know how to deal with people.  Judy told her story and let them film the inside of her van.

Meet Curtis----he drove 1,500 miles to be here---has engineered his mini-van for great comfort---and mileage.

Meet Dan---a terrific photographer who has wandered the West for 27 years recording its spectacular beauty.
That's famous Bob Wells on the right---webmaster of www.cheaprvliving.com and http://cheaprvlivingblog.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Photo-me-wiring.jpg  .  Bob's adventures make him  a candidate for a lead role.  The other guy is Connolly?--a professional who embraced simplicity and moved into his car.  

See what I mean?  He's comfortable and  mobile.

And the cameras sought out Laurie---for 2 sessions.

And again at the campfire.  Cameras were rolling as she sang the song she wrote for my birthday---"BETWEEN THE HIGHWAY AND THE WIND"

And I performed my signature poem "THE DANCE OF TESTOSTERONE" .

RANDY PHILOSOPHIZES:  I still don't know why those nice people flew down here and filmed us---doesn't matter---was an enjoyable and enriching experience.  I'm training myself to accept what life offers and to dance to whatever music is playing.  



10 comments:

Rob said...

Nice shirt in picture #8

Nancy1340 said...

It will be interesting to see what they do with the hours of film. Sounds like everyone enjoyed themselves.

Linda Sand said...

"Dance to whatever music is playing." Another award winning philosophy. Thank you.

Ethel & Everett said...

You're pretty trusting for a group of folks living off the grid and nomadic - I'm afraid I'd be leery about what the big filmmakers wanted to do with my footage. Hope it turns into something fabulous you can be proud of!

Randy said...

Ethyl/Everett: Actually they did tell us what they are up to----asked us not to tell you. I'm convinced their motives are benign.

robert parker said...

Will we ever know?

Bob said...

The picture of Laurie gave me a chuckle. For a couple reasons.
Back in the day, one of my former associates thought he'd do his laundry in one of the "Home Ec" rooms (or "Family Studies", or whatever you call it. There was a washer and dryer)
Only thing was, in spite of trying to do ALL of his laundry, including the clothes on his back, HE DIDN'T HAVE A TOWEL!
Unfortunately, he didn't count on there being anyone else in the school at 9:00 p.m., but the Home Ec teacher had come back to get something she had forgot.
Got a little more than she bargained for...

Curtis Carper said...

Randy, Nice shot of me with my van. I sure did enjoy meeting everyone, had a great trip...both ways! Hope to see you all again sometime, for now we're planning another trip following the Mississippi then circling back through Iowa and Nebraska. This time out will be with the Jeep and 13' trailer. Take care!

Randy said...

Curtis: Great hearing from you. If you're tracing the Mississippi River south you may pass through the remnants of Sondheimer, La---my hometown.

Curtis Carper said...

Randy, I would love to go that far south. Have traveled Hwy 20 through there many times when trucking. Unfortunately Mary only has a week off so this trip is for her. We're only going south as far as Hwy 80. Someday I'll get back down that way. I've been all the way down to Venice a number of times delivering drilling equipment.