Tuesday, March 27, 2012

In which I interact with famous people

Today's post is going to be short because I'm so exhausted, I can hardly see straight.  Today was my last day with the independent producer.  She took me to Lake Hollywood in the morning and we hiked around it, which was nice.

Later in the evening, we went to a screening of "Rocky" at the Warner Brothers lot (sponsored by NYFA- New York Film Academy), after which the woman I work for held a Q and A with John Avildsen, the director of the film (that and Karate Kid and other things).  After the Q and A, she took a picture of me with him (he was very gracious).  It was extra nice too, because I had met Rob Reiner a couple of weeks before, but didn't have the guts to tell the woman I work for that I wanted a photo with him (because he's AWESOME- I love "The Princess Bride").  I had forgotten how great a movie "Rocky" is.  I haven't seen it in years, and I really enjoyed it.

Near the beginning of the Q and A, John Avildsen told us that he likes to take home videos (in fact, he took a video of us cheering for him as he walked up onto the stage).  So, the other, equally cool thing that happened was, when the woman I work for mentioned to Avildsen that I go to Emerson, he said, "Oh, I have a daughter about your age who's looking at Emerson.  I'm going to take a video...what do you like about Emerson?"  And he proceeded to take out his iPhone and take a video of me giving advice to his daughter about Emerson.  How cool is that?  John Avildsen just took a video of me on his phone...awesome.

It was really great to listen to him talk about film and his experiences.  I could hear a palpable passion in his voice with everything he said.  He was so emphatic about all of his stories, etc.  It was pretty inspiring.

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