RUSSELL AND THE JO

                 Yes, after about a decade of working with screencaps of Russell's movies,

                I have, at last, ended up in the SAME caps with Himself. Alas, that they are

            all from the rear of both of us is truly not an obstacle to the sheer wonderfulness

              of their mere existence on the planet. I think I shall put a line of blood drops

              across the top here for that is what it cost me to BE in these things! If you've

                not read my account of the filming, do so for then you'll understand the

                  sacrifices of limb and nearly life a true fan makes for Himself. Sigh.

 

JO'S PERSONAL TALE

OF BEING AN EXTRA

DURING THE FILMING IN PITTSBURGH

OF THE NEXT THREE DAYS

HERE

 

And here are a lot of pictures I took at this filming site the following March.

HERE

 

 

 

 

Yes, the blur of white on the far right of the frame DID, indeed, turn out to be moiself when one advances the

scene frame by frame. I have on a full black jacket and am wearing a grey Penguins cap and

cheerily waving a black and gold pompom. My daughter, Laura, was just to my right but didn't

make it into the frame.

 

 

 

 

I would also like to comment here that for the movie, an orange wash has been applied frame by frame over the trees

as they were bright green. A few sprigs of autumn oak leaves had been inserted here and there and if you look

at the pavement you can see orange oak leaves...those are all artificial.

 

 

 

 

 

Meanwhile the scene switches down the block to Ross and 5th and the black detective runs out across Ross. This is the same

group of Penguins fans who are at the OTHER end of the block with Russell. The white blur that's just in front of

the green pole on the far right is me. The stone arch in the distance is a walkway between the old jail on the left

and the old courthouse on the right and was used in the filming of Mel Gibson's Mrs. Soffel some years ago.

 

 

The white blur (sounds like I escaped from Smallville, ack!) has now just passed the green pole and the

yellow blur just atop the white blur is Laura in her yellow cap.

 

 

This is not blurry because of my shot but because this is the way it looks onscreen. There are the famous

white and yellow blurs between the pole and the hedge. We crossed and recrossed this corner not less

than 5,768,423 1/2 times for this shot. I left my left leg somewhere in the crosswalk on the

3,845,906th crossing, but did not let that stop me...though I am quite sure the entrance to hell

itself is trumpeted by the sound of an assistant director's airhorn blast and then the evil

shout of, "RESET !!"

 

 

By now you know where to look.

 

 

...and the white blur and the taller yellow blur disappear down the block...but only until the

airhorn calls us back...and back...and back again.

 

Would I have missed the experience?

No way!

 

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