Friday was our last day in Reno and by far the most exciting.
Cole began filming at a school gymnasium for the first location. It was so interesting to get to be behind the scenes and to see how they get those really extreme shots.
They used the scissor lift to be able to get the camera above the backboard and over the net to film the toy as Cole shot it through the hoop.
The second location was a B-E-A-U-T-I-F-U-L private home (wish I could have taken pictures of the inside but that's a no no) where they filmed the last shots for the commercial. Cole will be in two different commercials for this particular toy manufacturer. The second commercial features Cole and Zack using night vision goggles. The boys had so much fun creeping around the yard acting like they were Rambo. Ha!
Mr. Cool was waiting for the camera crew to decide on the next shot.
As busy as the crew and talent are, it still surprises me how much down-time there is while waiting for all the equipment to be moved or decisions to be made on a new/different angle. No wonder it takes four to six months to film a full-length feature film.
Chilling while waiting for the camera crew to move inside the house. At least we had a beautiful setting in which to wait!
The concept of the spy gear is to encourage kids to spy on their family, their friends and maybe even to spot Sasquatch.
No false advertisement here! Cole found Sasquatch!!!!
Cole wrapped at 7:45 p.m. and the cast and crew were so complimentary of Cole and the way he handles himself and his acting ability. It made this mama so proud.
Director Jerry and Cole.
After we got back to the hotel, the fun REALLY began! We had all been wanting to investigate a ride called "The Giant Swing". It is in the parking lot of the resort and you can see it from a mile away.
It is 180 feet tall and you are strapped into a sling while lying horizontally, then hoisted to the very top of the structure. When the rip cord is pulled, you plunge straight down until the slack catches in the cord and it swings you back and forth. Is it the scariest thing I have ever done? By far, yes. Is it the most fun? YES!!!!!!!!
I had to break the video into three parts because it was too long to download from my phone.
Part 1...Yes it's scary but we'll be fine.
Part 2...We're going to die! What was I thinking?!
Part 3...That was so much fun! Let's do it again!
After the swing, we rode go carts but in no way could they compare to the exhilaration of the previous thrill. By 9:00, we were all worn out and headed to our rooms to crash.
At our breakfast buffet this morning, they had EVERYTHING you could imagine. Three of us had "normal" breakfast food but somebody had steak and strawberries covered with chocolate.
Yep, it was Crazy Boy Cole and he is definitely kin to his Grandma. He ate every bite and was hungry by the time we arrived at the Reno airport.
We have loved getting to know our new friends, Pauline and Zack. We can't wait until we get to see them again.
My mom texted me her morning devotional this morning. It was a wonderful reminder of how richly blessed I am with wonderful family and friends.
"A loving family is a treasure from God; so is a trustworthy friend. If you are a member of a close knit, supportive family, offer a word of thanks to your Creator. And if you have a close circle of trustworthy friends, consider yourself richly blessed. God has placed these people along our paths. Let us love them and care for them. These people are, in a very real sense, gifts from God; we should treat them as such."