Behind the Scenes with Shane Corkery - Part 2
So, while Indian Head is a small town, relatively speaking--think of a meteor rather than Jupiter--it is still big enough to take a few minutes to get around. While I am largely confined to my little cubbyhole in my trailer, the agile crew moves with grace and dexterity to every corner of the town. Yesterday, they found themselves in the middle of a field of wheat, as well as a small forest just outside of town. Now, because the crew is so far away from downtown, the production thought it would be a good idea to have a portable 'green room' for the cast. For those of you who don't know, the green room has nothing to do with the environment; it is just a nice space for actors to relax in between shots, etc. So in order to provide them with this, we decided to take the other trailer that was designated for producer and repurpose it to this effect.
So what happened to the producer who was in the other trailer? That's right, I have a new office buddy! Ladies and gentlemen, welcome Al Magee, co-executive producer. Between him and producer Colin Brunton, I now share a souped-up Winnebago with two titans of the Canadian film and television industry. Of course, in order to accommodate them, I had to move from one of two desks to a TV stand in the corner. Note that I have to open the cupboard on the floor to put my legs in, something I am only too happy to do.
What happens when Executive Producer Mary Darling arrives in a couple of days? For the record, I have already tried the plug-in in the bathroom, and it powers my laptop just fine. I see nothing wrong with planning ahead.
I caught a ride back to Regina yesterday--the city where I spent most of my youth. And as the sun began to sink in the Western skies, accompanied by the quietly insistent rhythm of grasshoppers splattering against the windshield, I found myself in a contemplative mood. Staring at their glistening remains twinkling in the last of golden light, I found myself thankful to be involved in such a great project--not only to be surrounded by wonderful and creative people, not only because it sheds a positive light on an underrepresented minority--but because it brings me back to my prairie roots. Saskatchewan, it is nice to be home again.