I found this email that I wrote, describing my Marley and Me experience….I believe this was back in 2008. How hilarious!
Well let first say Oh My God! Today was so awesome and so much fun!
Things at first were pretty slow, getting wardrobe and filling out the paperwork. I was in line waiting for my wardrobe, and this lady pulled me out of line and said let’s fix up your hair, so she curled my hair and then I went off to makeup. There were a lot of people just bringing their wardrobe for the first time, so I guess I didn’t have to go to the Grove last week. It’s so funny because when I was in line, this lady was like, do you have a special role because your hair was done, I was like no, just an extra. We then queued up in line to take pictures for our official sun sentinel name badges…BTW my name is Sheila Waldron, and I work in the Classified Department, I am so going to keep that badge as a souvenir!!! I also got this cool Marley and me ticket with the words “CREW” on it. I really didn’t take any pictures we weren’t really allowed to, I sneaked a camera picture of the production in the newsroom, but I am not sure how well that turned out. I met so many interesting people; I can not even tell you how many people told me that they were either actors, screenwriters or models!
The first shoot for me wasn’t too exciting, I was stuck in the way back, trapped inside a glass office with this obnoxious middle aged guy who never shut up and kept on asking me a 101 personal questions and kept on yawning really loud so you couldn’t hear anything. He kept on saying how he quit his job and has devoted the last couple of years writing screenplays and books, and is going to move to LA for a couple of months to pitch his films, because he is almost broke. Anyways, I may been in a quick shot in a scene but I doubt it. So after 4 hours of filming a couple of scenes, this guy that I was talking to earlier said, you know you can walk up and watch the filming up close if your quiet. So I moved all the way up front and watched for an hour Owen, Eric Dane and Alan Arkin shooting this scene, which was hilarious…, Alan Arkin (the grandfather from Little Miss Sunshine) kept on flubbing his lines. It was so awesome to see how they put together scenes and how they do so many takes for 2 minutes of film time. The lighting was really cool and they have this little laser device that measures light and I guess moisture. The director is definitely a busy guy and his assistant said he only got 3 hours of sleep the night before!!! I the director up close as well. In the scene I watched up close I kept on laughing because Eric Dane kept on saying really loud my friend has a Labradoodle…(I guess you had to be there).
So after that scene, we had a lunch buffet, nothing exciting veggies, some fatty roast beef, rice, rolls and pumpkin pie, No Soda!!! It was pretty good, I must say. So at lunch I was talking to some people who actually worked at the Sentinel and this lady was actually the dog sitter for Marley in real life, I asked her who was playing her and she said I don’t know I am too old to play myself LOL! The cool thing is that the newspaper interviewed her, and posted her on their website. I have to check it out. Some of the people who were extras were really interesting, this one young Italian guy was an extra in the Fast and the Furious movie, how cool is that? So after lunch, we went and filmed the same scene again!!! Well, after a while, they told us to do wardrobe change, and since I was one of the first one’s changed, I was moved to the outward open area where they were filming, I was behind a desk, and they hollowed out the 1990’s monitors and slipped them over the flat screen monitors. My prop was a headset and I had to practice doing busy work, they also had some extras walking back and forth. Eric Dane was literally 5 feet away from me, he’s really handsome in person I must add, but he was doing this scene where he was lifting his shirt up and doing something else that was silly, I couldn’t see what he was doing because I couldn’t look up when they were filming. He kept on saying after each take, geez, I feel uncomfortable and weird! When he was doing another take, and I know you are not going to believe me, but I made eye contact with Eric Dane and he winked at me, unbelievable, huh?. Then he was going through people’s desks looking for stuffed animals for something he put some toy tiger in his pocket, and I said I had a stuffed monkey on my desk, but he said it was too big. I was like did he just talk to me??? I mean he spoke to others around me too, but it was super cool, so we did that take like 6 times. Then they move over on the other side of me like three rows over to film a scene with Owen and Eric. Eric was moving a Labrador Beenie Baby stuffed animal across Owen’s partition and dropped in on his keyboard. It was super funny! Owen is just like he is on screen, although I see what you mean, he seems more focused on his role and Eric is more personable!
Let’s see what else I can tell you, Oh, when I was going to lunch Eric Dane was just standing there talking to people against the wall, and when I was walking to leave up the elevator Owen walked passed us.
Well I am tired, and I have another early day 2morrow, I am going to take a picture of the production area outside, when I was leaving the director was outside in the area. I am not sure if you can get in the building, it is being guarded by the police on each floor, but if you are feeling adventurous, it is being filmed on the 9th floor of the Sun Sentinel building and they have trailers and such outside. I am sure I will think of more stuff to tell you, but it was a bit overwhelming but really cool!!!