Day 38 of 40 Day United States of Autism Movie Shoot
Today, we left for our final destination in Lancaster, Pennsylvania after our journey across the country, making two quick stops on the way back. First, we stopped by Rich’s grandmother’s house to shoot some quick b-roll of Rich’s early life and where he got started. His grandmother Helen, a spry old lady at nearly 80, was more than happy to help the crew around the house and shoot some footage. It was a relaxing time for everyone, and of course, we were sent off with some nice tea.
Next, the crew went to see Rich’s father, who he’s only seen a handful of times his entire life. It was a pretty emotional time, but his father was more than willing to be on camera and the story will benefit greatly from the footage and the time spent there.
Finally, the crew made it’s way back to Lancaster, Pennsylvania. We had our last dinner together as a crew only event at a local Japanese steakhouse, one of our favorite spots along the entire journey. Once the crew arrived at Rich’s house, we quickly said hello, unpacked the car, had our sparkler party, and got everyone to where the needed to go at the end of the day. Rosleny was off to her boyfriend’s house until the shoot tomorrow. Cassie went to her hotel. Rene got his stuff together at Rich’s place, and Rich got all of his things back into the house.
It was a truly reflective moment unpacking the vehicle, and the crew was both relieved and sad to see the time come to an end. Kind of like Frodo and the Fellowship, though you are tired and ready for rest after a long battle with a slew of challenges, at some point the journey must come to an end and you are sad to see your team move it’s own ways. For us, though we have two days left of shooting, it’s the last time we will all be traveling all together in our little minivan roaming like gypsies to our next destination. Soon, there will be time to recount what we’ve done. For now, we’re focused on tomorrow’s shoot.
Be sure to check out our visit to Albany yesterday on YNN news. Until then, we love you all, and can’t wait to hear from you soon!