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Thursday, August 17, 2006

Springwater Trail Run and Feast of Love Part 2

Trail Run
Yesterday I ran the dirt part of the Springwater trail. It goes slightly uphill from Gresham to Boring where the trail ends. The Springwater is 16 miles long and paved except the last 2.4 according to a sign. My GPS said it was 2.2 miles each way, so I went a little more on the paved part to make an even 4.5 miles at a 9:19 pace. I went really slow at first so my right sciatica wouldn't hurt. About halfway through the run the trail goes over a road on an old trestle, the best part of the run. There was only a pullout with room for one car by the start of the dirt part and didn't seem too safe to leave anything in the Jeep, so I didn't take my camera. Have an Olympic distance race in central Washington on Sunday with a forecast of 96 that day.

Feast of Love movie shoot part 2
Tuesday I did a second day of filming on the movie Feast of Love starring Morgan Freeman, Greg Kenier, and Selma Blair. The call time was 530 AM at Reed college. It's a beautiful campus, but Tuesday morning was cold (58) and it didn't warm up until late morning. We were watching the last inning of a softball game in which a girl strikes out then Selma Blair hits a double and then gets tagged out on a line drive to end the game. That took 10 1/2 hours! They had a fantastic breakfast spread with a guy who made custom omelets from 3 trays of ingredients. Lunch was also a fantastic spread. I was in the first base crowd, so the morning was alot of pantomime cheering and waiting in the cold. Then the clouds broke and a girl came around with suntan lotion and it got quite warm as our side was in the camera angle most of the afternoon. At one point they drove a huge crane out on the field using boards under the wheels and it had a huge canvas on the crane part- it's whole purpose was to provide a large square of shade for the scene. The prop guy gave me a plate of fried chicken for a picnic look, but the bees attacked it, so I had to put it away from me. During one break, Morgan Freeman grabbed a bat and had one of the extras on the softball team pitch to him. She was really nervous at first but then put it in there and he hit a few. Selma Blair was supposed to hit a double, but she wasn't a very good hitter, so they had a girl who looked like her from the back hit and she smashed it while Selma Blair ran. I think Selma Blair ended up running from home to second 30-50 times. All the different camera angles of each scene with setup time for each one was what took so long. A day of waiting and pantomime cheering- but a day of watching Selma Blair. So it balanced out. Afterwards they wanted people to stay and then come back on Wednesday and Thursday to do a football game crowd. I couldn't take off work that much, so I didn't do that.

P.S.- Congratulations to Green Pea.


  • Jeff, you are sweet. Thank you.
    You are one busy dude! Work, fun-work, training, racing. How do you do it???

    By Blogger Deb, at 10:24 PM  

  • Which one is more fun work or the movie shoot? Movie shoot sounds fun and maybe you get to meet new people.

    By Blogger Papa Louie, at 6:14 AM  

  • that's a great pace jeff. (i was wondering about your signature photos, too bad about no camera)

    omg just this second i realized who selma blair was, i've been picturing selma hyack, who i don't care for so much. selma blair is cool though, (as is M. Freeman) yeeeah for you!

    By Blogger neese, at 8:18 PM  

  • It must be hard to have to hit the ball like a pro in front of the cameras when you don't play softball. I think it's so cool that you get to see it all from the sidelines!

    By Blogger Rachel, at 3:54 PM  

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