The past week has seen a flurry of activity over at Mad Rush Pictures, David's production company. They have been making the final preparations for a film shoot. Usually when David shoots he is in Los Angeles or on location somewhere, but we were very lucky because this shoot was local.
Yesterday a farm in rural Massachusetts was transformed into Gettysburg as hundreds of re-enactors and an elite team of professional swordfighters converged to recreate Civil War battles. The girls and I went down to watch and admire David at his most handsomest. There is just something about that man with a bullhorn...
Naturally I took pictures!
This is Kristal. She works for David and was running the set.
This is Dan. Isn't he adorable? I'm pretty sure that he's single. He also works for David and was assisting Kristal.
This is David, Mr. Director. He loves that hat because unlike me he hates being cold.
Here he is directing. He can be a little bossy when he's working. Also, sometimes he swears.
This wise guy is Brian Danner. He is a professional swordfighter. Yes, you read that correctly. Professional Swordfighter. This may come as a relief to the mothers of sword obsessed boys everywhere. You can make a career as a swordfighter.
Check out the fake blood!
Here he is practicing being shot.
This is my new pool boy.
What? You can't have a pool boy without a pool?
There were horses on the set! Ree's not the only one who gets to post cowboy photos!
Here's a soldier tending his horses.
There were also cannons.
Check out the authentic smoke.
A lot of these guys are re-enactors.
They take this job seriously.
These guys know things about war.
This picture of the soldiers carrying their tattered flags across the field just gets to me.
It's not all fun and explosions of the set though.
Sometimes things don't go well on the set and David makes this face.
If he makes this face you should go hide in make-up. Just so you know.
This sweet boy is Charlie. He and his dad were on the set too. Charlie is one of our homeschooling buddies.
There are many many reasons to love Charlie, but the best reason is that he puts up with this.
Lily adores Charlie.
Would. Not. Leave. Him. Alone.
Charlie tolerated her devotion with such dignity.
She's an unusual child.
She found this roly-poly caterpillar.
I love her hands. They are so earnest.
All of the kids got a pony ride from Mr. Cowboy.
Rebecca loved to ride the horse and quickly began to plead for horseback riding lessons.
Rebecca found Onyx ravishing.
There were bison on the farm too, though none of the children begged for bison riding lessons.
It was a beautiful day and I felt so lucky to be able to be with David while he was working. So much of David's job day to day consists of watching him talk on the phone and write emails. It's always a thrill to see him in his element. It's amazing to watch so many people all doing their part to make a scene come alive for the camera. It was a lot of work, but also a glorious amount of fun.