work


My office for the day:

I have been here before for Toy Story 3, and this film, Cars 2, but it seems extra special, since we’ve been called back to work multiple times due to it being released on Pixar Studio’s 25th anniversary.

How can you not be excited to walk into a building filled with larger than life-size characters scattered throughout the building. Buzz and Woody were made of Lego.

What surprised me was as I walked into the building, turned and saw a poster of a very familiar film. The film I got to work on last yearSurrogate Valentine was going to be showing at Pixar’s Theater on June 7th.

We got everything together and headed to breakfast. I’m always excited to see what the culinary crew has prepared.

I made a fruit yogurt parfait with granola with what was available.

After we set up the gear, I kept spying on when the crew was going to set up lunch.

The time had arrived and of course I grabbed a little bit of everything. Salmon, chicken, mushroom/spinach ravioli, roasted asparagus/squash…

Everything obviously made my taste buds happy, except for this random bean I found on my plate 🙂

Usually I never know what to expect when I arrive on location, and get informed of the plan…during the day. After lunch, I was grateful to be stuck in a room for a few hours during the behind the scenes interviews with none other than Denise, the producer of the much anticipated movie.  It was very insightful hearing about her background to the making of the film and hidden things to look out for.  Rounding the corner, we have one more visit before Cars 2 premieres on June 24th!

I remember the days when I was the human TV Guide. Any time, any channel, I knew what was up. Then came cable with its vast networks, and I lost all my powers.

Nowadays, when I get a call for a gig, I’d have to do research to see who the key players were and what I’d be getting myself into. An episode of a cable network matchmaking  reality show was coming through and needed local person, me, to help them out. Accepted the mission, and asked some friends if they knew what it was, and BOY DID THEY! Well then, internet/youtube research, here I come.

When it rains…you know. I love the access I get when I work, to places I never thought I’d ever take part in, like attend a  drag race, after parties, visiting an animation studio or working at a  lemonade stand.

Another cable show wanted footage of a big faire, The Maker’s Faire, happening in San Mateo, CA.

Which got me to the front of all these people

to experience the makings of giant bubbles

a live battleship combat

a demonstration of the reaction when combining Mentos Candy with Soda

How cool is making your own 3-D photos or videos, or is it just the geek in me.

Lunch was just blah.

but when we were done with the shoot, I ventured back because these ginormous vessels cooking paella with chicken and prawns.

I was suckered into getting it, but after the first bite,

it was apparent that, even though I look for them in the states, none can beat the taste of the paella I had in Barcelona.

Got to visit Pixar again since Toy Story 3, but this time for the press junket for Cars 2.

Out of all the locations I’ve been to, Pixar is probably my favorite.  Being able to step foot into the birthplace of so many outstanding animated movies is an honor – to see the sketches on paper framed as art, to final character creations sprinkled throughout the building.


Checked in and began light with a yogurt for breakfast
Interviews all day

built up my hunger for LUNCH!!! Grilled asparagus, chicken with pesto, shelled pasta salad with cherry tomatoes, green salad

I was really satisfied

The food never disappoints, and I can only imagine how great it must be to work here. Then I turn over and spotted a boot camp session happening outside for the employees. WHAT???

Nothing could top that, I thought. I was wrong when a crew member told me they just laid out more snacks for us to enjoy.

The chips and taquitos I was familiar with, but

deep fried pickles were new to my taste buds.

Always an adventure and I got giddy when I saw Edna E. Mode standing there too.

Oh how I love coming here.

During this year’s Asian Film Festival, I was called back for a re-shoot to work on. Exactly this time last year, we shot an indie short, and the story developed in another direction, so we needed more footage. Sometimes things come up unexpectedly, but somehow it always works out for me to be able to juggle my schedule around others.

To keep with continuity, we had to upkeep the physical appearance of the actors from what we had filmed of them from before.

So, it was time for this guy to get a  little buzz.

The talented Anna Khaja didn’t change at all

except this time we had dryer weather.

Even though we are in a year and counting, I’d rather the director take their time and create their vision, as opposed to rushing to toss something together and not being happy with the film.  The director was excited for what was shot, which makes me excited to see the finished product.

Had another opportunity to work with the director from the last video I traveled to LA for.
The final cut of the P!nk videos can be youtube’d:

Please Don’t Leave Me
Leave Me Alone (I’m Lonely)
Funhouse

These videos played in the background during the her live concerts.

Back to the current California Dreams Tour gig in the making. Breakfast was from a taco truck parked next to the studio in Hollywood. The tab was picked up by the production 🙂 All other meals were just a blur with all the work that had to be done.

In two days, we turned this studio into

a real life candy land

Built out and dressed a bakery from scratch


Grungy butcher shop:


a little bedroom scene

Can’t wait to find this final cut of this shoot online sometime.

Went into Target, grabbed what I wanted and thought I did very well not being tempted by other products I just ‘had to have’….until I walked into the new section that they just finished constructing. Yes, my Target now has fresh food and a Starbucks! Passed the produce, dairy, chips and snack section, and found myself at the cereal aisle. Cookie Crisp, Fruity Pebbles, Reese Puffs…. oh my!

Okay, I couldn’t resist, and now am a proud owner of a box of Peanut Butter Cap’n Crunch. And randomly, on the doorstep was a box of Similac. Baby Formula? I guess I mailed in for a freebie a while ago when my sister’s youngest was still nursing bottles.

Fast forward from the mail-in, this baby has now moved on to solids.

So I didn’t get on the spin-off show that would have kept me busy for a few months, but I did appreciate them letting me know so I didn’t pass up on other offers and was available to take on another Disney release. How ironic that it took place at the Disney Family Museum that I accidentally stumbled upon a couple weeks ago. Good thing I didn’t shell out for tickets then to see the place then, as a personal tour guide was provided as well as roam-free access with this:

We were shooting outside with audio,

perfectly nestled between a construction zone,

chainsaws trimming trees,

huge trucks and passer byers.

But it was good, everyone was very professional about the noise.

In the early morning, I grabbed a little breakfast consisting of miniature pastries and fruit.

For lunch they kept restocking the counter with sandwiches and salads.
Yum, capers and sun-dried tomatoes in the salad. Didn’t touch the cookies, but they were the plumpest cookies I’ve seen in a while -peanut butter I believe.

Caprese sandwich with chicken, the salad, honeydew, blackberries and blueberries.

Finished the day admiring the location.

I don’t watch horror/scary films, but I do know of the character Chucky, and I swear this could have been where he hung out.

Spent the weekend in the city at a house, shooting a short film. The decor wasn’t too bad because there were many people around, but if I were there alone, I’d be FREAKIN’ OUT.

They actually had someone come in and make home-made pizza. So fancy. Others would just opt for take-out or delivery.

Grabbed myself a vegetarian pizza, a small handful of chips and a can of Lemon San Pellegrino. Round 2 was a cheese slice with some grapes.

The first night ended early and at home I went ahead and made another ‘go to noodle soup‘. This one was made with dried bean thread noodle, and from the freezer section, some fish balls and peas. Flavored it all with tamarind soup base.

Bright an early I started off the morning with a cup of coffee and a cookie on set. A “Two Day Shelf Life” Cookie? I hope we were within the 2 days.

Between work, we broke for a snack. Some TeJava tea, hummus and pita chips.

And back to work again. Yes, this is part of the film.

A couple more shots and it was time for lunch. Peasant pies. I was excited because I have never had any peasant pie, nor shepard pie. The closest was a chicken pot pie. We had a variety of pies – beef/potato, chicken/potato, curried potato, ham/egg/cheese, black bean/tofu. I grabbed the beef with potato and the chicken with potato.

The chicken pie had dill in it, which gave it an ‘interesting’ flavor. Maybe a little too interesting because half-hour later, I wasn’t feeling too hot and needed to take a break until things normalized….

Came back and kept on plowing thru and ended the night filling out paperwork.

It’s still questionable for me if I want to watch the finished product or not, since the editing process will make it much more eerie.

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