Hey folks! Natalie here, taking a break from working on the Indiana Jones Epic Stunt Spectacular at Disney World (what a name, right?) to give you an update about our dear show After Forever. But in order to do that, I’ve gotta give you a quick update about what I’ve been up to.
At the moment, I’m sitting in a six person apartment on Disney property, accompanied by the residual overflowing garbage bin and food smells inherent with sharing a small space with so many people. Perhaps my favorite example of the living situation arrived with a new roommate. She just moved in a couple days ago, and so far I have only seen her bare-legged in her undies. I admire her free spirit, and her seemingly endless collection of undergarments.
This is my first time living in Florida, and as of now I am still confused as to why people live here. I’ve been promised that the weather will cool down as the seasons change (meaning, when the seasons change everywhere outside of Florida), that the humidity will fade and that my skin will cease to melt like an ice cream cone. Especially coming from Bellingham, where the hottest days are maybe in the upper nineties in which case there’s a cool lake to jump into, this heat has been the toughest part of the move so far.
Well, that’s not entirely true.
Don’t get me wrong, I really enjoy my job out here. Disney World is literally the largest production in the world, with 70,000 “cast members” working in one little area to create happiness and entertainment for every single guest. Every que-line is part of the show, and every word is chosen specifically to enhance the atmosphere of the location. I have found myself particularly drawn to the trash cans in the parks, because they are all modeled for their specific lands and rides, down to the texture, sheen and personality of each attraction–but I’ll save that affection for a different time.
Essentially, I am in the world’s best classroom for production value, and for learning how to make genuine connections with the people who support what you do. This is why I came here, and even though Disney World seems like a leap away from my film work and After Forever, it is actually the best possible place I could be right now. My job here is to make magic. If I can do it in a park, on a ride, then I can do it on a screen with a script.
So truly, the toughest part of this experience has been the lesson in patience. It is taking all my strength to hold off writing season 2. The more I think about it, the more my fingers ache for the keyboard, but I have responsibilities on the Mt. Marathon documentary I’ve alluded to in previous posts, as well as my job here. My film partner Max Romey and I are a few weeks a way from launching a crowd funding campaign, and right now that takes precedent over dragons and scones. Also, I am working about 40 hours a week here at Disney, and even though those hours fly by, they detract from the time and energy I have for writing. On top of that, I tend to go all out with my dance moves when I work crowd control during the Frozen Fireworks show, and though several guests have filmed my dancing antics (they are quite silly), I am often too pooped to work on my own film projects.
But, it’s only been a couple weeks, and as the weather “gets better”, and I find my stride out here, I’ll be bustin’ my buns on both the Mt. Marathon Documentary and After Forever. In the meantime, I’d appreciate your understanding and support, and I’m going to try to post about my experiences here at Disney every week or so.
So please, stay tuned, and stay sconed.