Thursday, January 10, 2013

life's a circus

And on Wednesday, this turned out to actually be true!

Did you know that often times, Long Beach serves as a backdrop for a lot of TV shows, films, and commercialsEver since I've been working in the area the past couple of years, I recognize a lot of buildings and landmarks and have seen lots of things being filmed.  The city is so adaptable to look like so many other cities.  We're never sure what we'll see filming on any given day.  And whenever we do see filming, we all try to figure out what is actually being filmed and then spy on the action, haha.  

On Wednesday, the street right outside my office was closed and soon we began to notice circus-themed props were being set up.  Not to mention an overturned car, and a lot of people dressed up for the circus, such as acrobats, strong men in leopard-print leotards and hefting barbells, clowns, tall men on stilts...
My co-worker even said that there were circus animals roaming around when she went out for lunch to check things out!  

As it turns out, they were filming a Got Milk? commercial with Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson.  I didn't bring my paparazzo super spy camera and lens to work, but d
o you see him in this picture?  (Hint:  The circle and arrow give him away, haha.)

My co-worker nearly died that he was out there because she thinks he's super hot.  Not much happened during the day until late afternoon when they shot the same scene no less than 10 times, I swear, where everyone was running around in the same choreographed pattern over and over again.  It was hilarious to watch everyone scurry around like ants in circus costumes.  Also amazing how much effort and equipment and people are involved with even a seemingly simple commercial shoot.  (You can't see it in this picture, but there was a crane, lights, fog machines, and all sorts of crew members roaming around.)

I can't wait until this commercial is on TV so I can see what it was all about!  Just another day in LA with movie stars :)

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