Saturday, January 22, 2011

L.A. Warmth-A Photo Shoot Recap

Baby it's cold outside! As an arctic gulf blasts NYC, it might be more fun to recap the photo shoot that I did out in warm, sunny L.A. early last year.

All the weeks of shoot prep stress & flight where I never sleep is always immediately relieved by heading straight from the airport to Swingers for my tofu chilequiles fix, trust me it's essential. Swingers is THE happy place for omnis & vegans to dine together in a fun setting- how can it not be fun, their tag line is "ass, cash or grass, nobody eats for free!"
After my Swinger's fix is met, it's time to head to the hotel- settle in,  followed by quick pre-production meeting, dinner with clients, make schedule adjustments and run thru everything with my assistant producer and off to bed.

One of the perks of being the producer is that oftentimes, you get a fancy upgraded room since you are booking a whole ton of people on your credit card. Here's my room at The Mondrian in West Hollywood, it had a full on wet bar (my room could have been fab party central- but alas I no longer party like I did back in my twenties)...
The very large, double sink bathroom...
 The living room...with a giant daybed/couch that was great for my Assistant Producer, who's also a good friend, to crash without incurring extra room charges since she was hired as a local.
 A few days after, I switched to a slightly smaller room, since they needed the suite back...
 It was still a great room, with large bathroom as well...
 However, it no less a "party" room, check out the interesting setup of clear glass wall that divides the shower from the bedroom...yes, with that sheer shower curtain- it's a bit peek show, but that shower curtain pulled aside, it's full on nudity. Um, did I mention that this shower is as long as the length of the bed & has two shower heads at either end? Yep, showcase for two & more in the shower & an audience. Let's say that I definitely didn't feel clean after that shower- you know all kinds of nasty, kinky stuff has gone on in there- eww.  
Okay, enough about dirty thoughts shower...had decent call time next day for the pre-light, so it's not that painful waking, but I do need a grande soy latte. Thankfully the hotel is not too far from Starbucks, which is a quick walk, but since no one walks in L.A., definitely felt cars were slowing & people staring/pointing from their cars....

So we booked a gorgeous location in the Hollywood Hills and of course, nothing ever goes smoothly at a shoot. We were met by the house location rep who apologetically said that there were still people in the house but that they were getting ready to leave in a few hours....That's a problem, since we were paying top dollar for the house rental so it should be empty & ready-to-go at the time we agree to. Not only that, these people had a party the night before & were still cleaning up in the kitchen & bags of garbage everywhere. What the f***??????? I was not a happy camper. And on top of it the gym/office area where our celebrity talent was going to be changing and relaxing, was filthy. The room smelled like sweatsock funk & the bathroom was disgusting. Let's just say that nice words were not coming from my mouth, but even then this person was making no real effort to get the people or garbage out, nor clean the bathrooms properly. The house rep was useless, lazy & incompetent and on top of it, I had to pay for her as part of the rental- um, hell no.

Everything was taken care of eventually, but needless to say, this house rep was not coming back for the shoot day & I was not paying her. The crew unloaded & setup all the equipment and everything was falling into place. Despite, the messy location & the owner's super strict rules (um, if you're going to be so strict at least have the decency to have the place scrubbed down every once in a while), it was a gorgeous view!







Here's our stand-in for the celeb on pre-light day- he's obviously a bit smaller than our celeb, but he'll do...
Here's our celeb on shoot day...so yes, LDC is actually pretty tall in person at 6'2 and more handsome in person (I was never a big fan, but now I am!). He was also extremely down-to-earth. Yep, he drove with his assistant in a small Prius while his publicist & agent came in much fancier vehicles- now that's cool.
 

Was so busy putting out fires, forgot to take a pic of the gorgeous catered setup- I did have time to get a quick bite of this delicious beet salad...

And after all is said & done, shoot wrapped, equipment load out, house restored, I had to get to M Cafe for some restorative macro goodness- this is another of my favorites in L.A. & also great to for my omni boyfriend because macro places also serve fish.



Couldn't wait to bring my goodies back to the hotel & park myself on the couch in front of the tv- Fizzy Lizzy, inari sushi with hijiki & edamame, The Big Macro (think healthy big mac) & side of kale and the yummiest thing ever, M Cafe's "rice krispie" treat.


Ah yes, another day's work, warm weather & good food- life is good. Let's get through this winter by thinking warm thoughts & cozying up with our furball companion animals. Grateful for all that we have, don't forget the more unfortunates ones out in the harsh winter- provide even simple shelter for strays such as a lined cardboard box, or even better- really help the strays by building an easy-peasy shelter.

Hope everyone has a great weekend!

7 comments:

Vegyogini said...

I've never been inside the Mondrian, so it's very cool to see your pics! I am having a hard time placing the initials LDC for some reason, which means your veil of mystery is totally effective. ;)

Awesome seeing you posting again!

Vegyogini said...

How could I not think of that? He's one of my favorite actors of our generation and I've followed his career from its humble "Growing Pains" beginnings through "The Basketball Diaries" (still one of my faves of his) and "Total Eclipse" to where it is now. I knew he drives a Prius and I'm happy to know he's gracious and easy to work with, too.

Come back to LA soon!

VeggieGirl said...

LOVE these shots! Makes me miss L.A.

Theresa said...

Cool hotel - I like the look of those bowl-sinks in the bathroom. And Big Macro: want!

Good luck surviving the cold weather. Keep thinking warm thoughts!

erika said...

I love M Cafe!

And LDC... oh yes. I am a fan.

Fizzy Lizzy said...

Hello from Fizzy Lizzy!

Eeps it seems you've confused us with Izze (don't worry, you're not the first) so we wanted to set the record straight and remind you and your fabulous readers that we are not, in any way, affiliated with Izze.

We're a teeny tiny, independently-owned, NYC-based beverage company. Izze is a Pepsi product.

And Fizzy Lizzy tastes much more natural and is higher quality because we don't rely on fillers as our competitors do.

http://www.fizzylizzy.com/compare

Thanks for listening. <3

Fizzy Lizzy said...

P.S. M Cafe carried Fizzy Lizzy when they first opened in 2005. Unfortunately, our distributor stopped carrying Fizzy Lizzy so M Cafe switched brands.

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...