Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Movie Star

"Parental Guidance" opens on Christmas Day. Billy Crystal. Bette Midler.
 Marisa Tomei. Awesome cast, right? 
 I will be in the audience on opening day.
 See, there's a chance that 3 of my paintings
will be featured in this movie. Cool, huh?
Atlanta is a hot spot for Hollywood. We have a great Film Commission
and tax breaks if you make your movie in Georgia. This one filmed last
fall in the 'burbs and in and around the city. The set designer visited
my wonderful gallery in Decatur, www.wildoatsandbillygoats.com , and bought a
ton of stuff for the set. Two of my small paintings were included. I was
beyond excited to find out that I might get to see my work on a big screen.
A month later I got a call from the gallery asking if I would paint a commission
piece for the movie. I was so excited! I got the specs and knocked out the art.
It was a small and easy image to execute. I wish I could post a picture of it here
but that seems like a breach of trust before the movie comes out. Right?
The day I delivered the art to Wild Oats, the set designer came in to get the art for the following week's shooting. I was thrilled to meet him - he was so nice. He told me the
story behind the painting which made it much more special. One of the kids in the
movie has an imaginary friend who plays a major role. It was the
designer's idea to use a painting of the imaginary friend as
the closing shot of the movie. The director agreed.

Mr. Set Designer was very excited to have his idea accepted
 and I was over the moon just thinking about it.
There is no guarantee that any of my art will make it on screen.
 I will be sitting in the theater with my fingers crossed, hoping that
at least one of my paintings is visible in it. If the commission is the closing
shot it will be hard to be quiet. Very hard. I'm not known for silence.

 I'll keep you posted.

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