Bright Lights In The Big Easy UPDATE
My eighteen hour experience on the set of the upcoming movie Earthbound was just so full of information I couldn’t possibly include it all in the first post on the website. First of all, I wanted to make sure I only said nice things (mostly) like my Mom would expect. You know, the whole “Denise, if you can’t say anything nice, don’t say anything” lecture. Bless her heart. She still hasn’t given up on me, even after all these years. Second of all, I didn’t want to brag, but OMG!! I have just been blown away and I have to share this.
As extras we were expected to bring two to three outfits accessorized with shoes, purses, jewelry, wraps, etc. to fit the scene. Extras were to arrive in their first option and wardrobe would adjust or ask them to change if necessary. While they wanted color to give a warm, cheerful feel to the scene we were told no black, no white, no crème, no red, and no neon colors.
Well, they might as well have told me to throw out most of my closet contents. Black, white and red are my best friends. I did have a couple of “color correct” outfits that I thought would be appropriate for the kind of Gala scene they had in mind. After conferring with my Mom, sisters and daughters for their opinions on my choices, a decision was made on outfit number one.
Once at the set, I was pretty comfortable with my choice until I noticed this older lady wading through the extras critiquing in a drill sergeant kind of way everything from outfits to posture. I was mentally gving myself the “let her say what she wants to say and just keep your mouth shut” talk. I was dreading the moment when she would turn to look at me and then she did. Her face lit up with a smile, she gestured to me and said “Love the dress, perfect. Very classy. You don’t need wardrobe. Go straight to hair and make-up.” Whew!
Now if you think that made my morning to this point imagine how I felt later when she actually pulled me from the crowd by the hand and brought me over to the side and said “You are going to be in my “D” group”.
The Delta or “D” group as we were called were a core group of about 15 to 20 people. We were the first ones down on the set and included in the majority of takes that day. By now you are probably saying “big deal”. Nope, the big deal is the identity of my drill sergeant lady.
When you get a chance “google” Ann Roth. I am ashamed of my ignorance because I had no idea of who she was. A “D” group friend e-mailed me earlier today to fill me in. She is a prolific Academy Award-winning American costume designer for films and Broadway theatre. Recent movies that she has worked on include Julia & Julia, Mamma Mia and The Young Victoria, but there is a whole laundry list of movies that span her long career. She is an amazing woman who has outfitted the likes of Meryl Streep, Jane Fonda, Glenn Close and Melanie Griffith AND she liked the way I, Sharon Denise Talbot, dressed!!! Isn’t that just the coolest thing? This is more exciting to me than being in the movie!
So the moral of this story is - Listen to your Mom (or at least my Mom). Smile and look pretty and if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say anything!!
By Sharon Denise Talbot