Gorgeous and I went to a party last night.
The couple hosting it called it a “Thanks for the Ride” party. They’ve been in town for about a year and were finally able to scrape together the means to buy an inexpensive reliable car. A year is a long time to go without one here in the Southeast. Mass transit isn’t as good as it is in some parts of the country, although Savannah’s got a decent bus system.
Well, let’s just say the CAT is better than most of the places I’ve lived in the Southeast anyway. I don’t really know how good it is. Because I have a car, which I’m grateful for.
The highlight of the evening for me was that Peter gave us a preview of an early cut of his movie, Johnny Reb. It is his master’s thesis project at SCAD and it’s been a long time coming. Peter’s been working hard on it and even at this early stage it looks great.
One of the ladies at the party said from the back of the room, “Peter! It looks so real!”
We all laughed when she said that. I’m not sure how Peter took it. But I know it was a compliment. I think she was expecting, since the movie was a film school project, that it would look like something I did with a cam-corder in the back yard.
However Peter really is a professional and it looks, well, like a movie. Its a short. But even so it tells a compelling story.
It cracks me up that he chose the American Civil War as the background of his story. He’s Swedish (His last name is Svensson.) Not what I would have thought he’d pick. But what do I know?
I actually volunteered to help out a tiny bit behind the scenes. So I am especially excited to see the finished product. I even found a photo on his site that has me in it. I’m holding a reflector to get some more light onto the eyes of one of the lead actors in that shot. It was a fun experience to be able to “help out”.
I’ve watched movies for years and I never had any idea what when into creating the finished product. I still don’t have much of a clue how to make it all work. But at least now I can appreciate how much work is involved!
I think Peter’s off to a great start. I can’t wait to go see one of his blockbusters one day. Then I’ll get to say, “I knew Peter way back when he was in film school.”
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