Now that I'm getting to the remains of the current photo collection, this is the only photo I have representing the main filming company. It was an episode that had some sort of carnival or side show plot. It was set up at Sandy Beach on the eastern end of Oahu without regard to the very high winds that can happen there. I remember that was a big problem but not finishing at this location was an even bigger one.
The time it takes to film a scene depends on many variables: the actor (mood, memory or mind), "wardrobe malfunctions," equipment, weather, and (more than once) how big the director's hangover was. When it appears that the company may not finish filming a scene at a location and will not be able to return to finish, a decision has to be made how to complete the scene(s) without having to return and still maintain continuity. At this particular location, the wind was a real problem. Keeping an entire carnival set up at a public location until the time was found to come back was not an option. It was determined at some point that part of the location set would have to be moved back to the studio backlot to complete the scene as part of another day. Unfortunately it happened to include the ferris wheel. It's odd to think of a ferris wheel as set dressing, but in this case it was. Luckily it was the amusement company that was responsible for actually moving it while we began duplicating the rest of the set. Back then all we had to go by were polaroid film shots--not always the clearest to see the detail. Now everything that is recorded on film is also on digital video and available immediately. All film is only processed in L.A. Sometimes it was as easy as putting an actor against a wall of the same color and hanging the same picture or drapes hopefully from the original location that could be moved. There were times when one scene in a room might have been
filmed many miles or days later than the rest of the scene. I know I had to try and find some drapes and items to match some things to match one of the sets that had been shot in England. I offered to go get them but.............. Ultimately all I can do is come close and hope no one notices--and usually no one does.
Getting back to the scanning problem of my Magnum slides, thanks to Google, I found a company that claims to do high quality scans at a very reasonable rate. Decent slide scanners start at $800 and the better ones at $1,600. I don't think I have enough Magnum memorabilia left to pay for half of one, so at .29 cents each, this company appears to be the winner. The slides are actually scanned in India! They are cleaned, scanned at 3,000 dpi, put on a disc, I can delete online, and then they are mailed back with a disc. Sounds a little too good to be true, but I'm going to risk it. It takes about 3 weeks and I may just do a few to start. As these are slides, there are no duplicates or back up if something happens. Anyway, given the time and money it will save, I think it's worth giving it a try. So I'll stretch the remaining scans, tell a few jokes, and before you know it, I hope I will have some more photos to keep this blog going awhile longer. I'd sure miss the applause! Thanks again for viewing.