They're gonna put me in the movies,
They're gonna make a big star out of me.
We'll make a film about a man that's sad and lonely
And all I gotta do is act naturally
Well, a bunch of volunteers at Historic O'Keefe Ranch had an opportunity earlier this month to be in a movie (not "the movies") when PBS and Tourism British Columbia took footage of the Ranch and other places in the region for a promotional film. I don't know much of the details, just that I was asked to show up bright and early in costume with wheel and wool in tow.
The Ranch is technically closed for the season, so all the buildings had to be opened and staffed. People and a local group of school children were invited for the morning to be background colour (oh, these technical terms); turns out the film crew didn't want them after all but they did have a good time and kept us from twiddling our thumbs waiting for our turn.
Although it was a bright, sunshiny day, it was brutally cold in the morning, and still too chilly for me to set up my wheel any place other than the General Store, blessed with a large and functional wood stove. The 'store keep' and his 'wife' did an excellent job, as they do all summer, and it was fun to watch. The camera man took lots of close-up shots of my wheel and hands as I worked, but no one spoke to me - that's fine with me.
If nothing else, I did get a fair amount of spinning done, so there's that.
|This is where Diane usually sells her candy. Quite the display behind the counter.|
|The store also served as the post office in the 1860s, and is original to the Ranch.|
It's fitted out much as it was in the day.
|Diane is explaining to the show's host some of the articles on display.|
The Ranch's events co-ordinator is in the background.
|"How much candy would you like?" asks Diane.|
The gumdrops and jellybeans are period-accurate, being introduced in the 1860s.
|Candies are weighed and sold by the 1/4 lb or 1/2 lb.|
|Diane was such a trooper! They did several takes, and then close-ups to work into the scenes.|
The Store Keep tidies shelves in the background.
If the film ever makes it through to production, and I have information about where and when it can be viewed, I'll let you know. This may be the first and last movie I'm ever part of.