Sunday, December 2, 2007

Bringing the magic

You probably don’t give much thought to the people who work behind the scenes of your favorite films and television shows.

They are the men and women toiling in the shadows producing the magical sets, glorious costumes and brilliant special effects that light up the screen.

They style the hair and apply the dashing scars that make you swoon. They hang scaffolding and position lights to create the shadows that beguile you. They mic actors and record the dialogue that brings tears to your eyes. They drive trucks and hammer nails and paint flats and take care of a million small details that all come together for your pleasure and someone else’s glory.

This is the world in which my husband and I work. It is a freelance world often marked by back-breaking labour, impossible deadlines, uncertainty and frustration.

On Saturday these people; these drivers, carpenters, painters, labourers, electrics, grips, prop masters, set dressers, greens technicians, wardrobe stylists, hair dressers, makeup artists, special effects technicians, sound mixers, boom operators and script supervisors came together and produced a massive children’s Christmas party.

It was a luminous affair, this winter wonderland that rose out of a previously dark and barren studio. It was born of tireless work ethics, a strong sense of family and brilliant creative spirit.

And once again what these people created was magic. Only this time it was for the people who truly love and appreciate them the most.

Thanks guys.

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11 comments:

Kellan said...

I'll bet it was fabulous!! I love the picture. I hope you enjoyed it too. See you soon. Kellan

Casdok said...

Sounds wonderful!

Dayna said...

Sounds GREAT!!! Hope you get to rest after such a big event!

Badness Jones said...

Wow! That is magic.

Laura said...

Looks like a great time. Kudos to you!!!

Congrats on NaBloPoMo!!!!

Family Adventure said...

How lovely. You're so right..the people behind the scene never get any credit.

That is an awesome picture :)

Heidi

Anonymous said...

What you didn't say, dear Kelly, was how hard you worked to pull this all together. You deserve a lot of credit for making everyone who attended, with our kids, feel so special and for making it all as magical as could be. It was a great party and a wonderful way to start the Christmas season.

GoMommy said...

How cool! Hope it was fun- totally jealous you work in the television and film industry...tell me it's not as glamorous as I imagine so I won't pine away here in the Midwest!

Kristen said...

does look like a magical Christmas party! Merry Christmas!

Mommy Cracked said...

That's awesome! God bless them!

b*babbler said...

I, too, have worked in this industry (and still do, on the children's TV side).

It can be a hard place to work, but the people you meet are really like family. Looks like you had a fabulous time!