This is a little doodlewash of another object I love, my Olympus Pen E-P5 digital camera. My first blogging days were as a photoblogger, so photography has always been something I’ve enjoyed. I sketched it so ridiculously fast that I got a little lost in the circles and the perspective is wonky, but it’s still rather camera-like. This is why I need to practice my close-ups!

I never really became an amazing photographer and I think it was mostly because there are too many technical aspects to it. Though I could get my head around the composition, I didn’t have the patience for all the various F-stops and aperture settings and post-production wasn’t something I enjoyed.

Thinking I wanted to try again last year, Philippe let me get this little semi-pro camera just prior to another adventure I was starting. I was an Executive Producer on a Hallmark movie called, Northpole, and was heading off to Canada for the shoot in Montréal, Québec. And it seemed like as good excuse as any to invest in a pricey new camera.

Since the movie story was about visiting the actual city where Santa lives, we were specifically shooting during a time when Montréal was covered in ridiculous amounts of snow. It was so incredibly cold that I started stumbling at the end of the first day because I could no longer feel my feet, apparently a requirement for walking.

Philippe and I went up the weekend before my portion of the shoot, since he hadn’t been to Canada before. On the Sunday of our weekend together, we were told by another producer that we could stop by that day’s shoot. The director was Douglas Barr, which I thought was awesome since he was Howie from The Fall Guy, a show with Lee Majors that I always watched with my dad.

While I was at the shoot, I was discussing final preparations with the costume designer and art director when Doug came up to say hello. He moved to the side and had brought over our lead actress, Tiffany Thiesen (formerly Tiffani Amber Thiessen of Saved by the Bell and 90210 fame). She was friendly and lovely, but I hadn’t really watched those shows much so I didn’t have the same fan boy reaction. Philippe, however, had seen those shows and was ecstatic to be meeting her! (yay! The price of that camera will now be forgotten!)

Philippe was flying out the next afternoon, as I would be staying the week for the shoot, and we had planned to have a lovely breakfast together before he left. That evening I got a call from another producer who asked if I could meet Santa and Mrs. Claus for their fitting very early the next morning. So I told Philippe that there was a change of plans. He would now be meeting the Clauses, which honestly, how many people could say they’ve done that?

Okay, in reality we spent the morning watching old Hollywood royalty, Robert Wagner and his wife Jill St. John, try on wigs and clothes. But it’s still not something you get to do every day. Philippe, however, was exhausted and more than happy to be heading back home to Phineas. I then spent the week freezing my butt off during all night shoots, realizing any of the glamour of movies is reserved solely for the actors on the red carpet.

When I finally made it back home, I discovered a small dent on the top of my precious new camera. I was initially upset, but the stories that little dent evoked were well worth it. I’d spent over a week in Santa’s magical city of Northpole, freezing my jingle bells off sure, but also surrounded by Christmas lights, elves and reindeer. Another memory to add to my cabinet of curiosities, and a life experience I will not soon forget.

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53 thoughts on “Lights, Camera, Action!

  1. I didn’t know about your glamorous past! You are a man of many faces (though lacking jingle bells since those froze off…or did you get them surgically re-attached?). 😀 Your camera doodle is fabulous! I wish I could tell stories like you!

  2. Love the camera–and I love mine, too, incidentally. And I’ve had the same issues with not really wanting to commit to getting all the speed/f-stops, et al, right and perfect. I still love to point and shoot, however, and I’m sure I will do it often until I am no longer strong enough to hold up a camera. Thanks for letting me know you don’t HAVE to know everything about photography to be happy with your work and your use of it in your life. 🙂

  3. Ok now you are a name dropper…Hallmark lol…and I think I have seen that movie too…Love the camera…they are a pain to draw…at least you got a good story for your dent…dropped my camera on a tile floor at the art story on King St in Charleston…end of that camera!!

      1. And I really liked that camera an old top of the line digital Kodak. Bet we will watch that movie again. My sis who lives with me LOVES any hallmark movie and when it’s Christmas time we both binge on them.

  4. What a great story! My youngest was reading along with me.. She recognized the names of the actors but not from past shows.. Tiffany Thiesson from White Color and Robert Wagner from NCIS.. Lol. Your camera is fabulous! The details are amazing!

  5. Oh Mr. Executive Producer! You have so many talents, so many awesome stories – and I ADORE this camera!!! A little wonky is what is makes it so specially Charlie-Oy! I wish I could draw like that – yeeesh!

  6. These are such a fun way of finding out little tidbits about you Charlie! There’s a story not everyone can tell, for sure.

    Lovely drawing. Cameras are great objects to draw, I think – not entirely sure what it is about them, but they are. I can’t use one to save my life, though! I try to avoid them at all costs.

  7. So I was over at the Lego post and I bopped over here to see what the whole movie thing was about. You, my friend are a man of many hats! Sounds like an amazing (yet chilly) adventure. I would have been pretty pumped to see Robert Wagner. I always thought he was pretty suave!

      1. I would have felt the same way. I started using a Hobonichi which is Japanese, I learned they believe that things like this are just part of the story and not to get upset about things that happen, like the dent. It would be hard to not get upset, but you have the right thought about it being another piece of a beautiful memory! No other camera has that story to tell.

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