The main reason we had to cut our trip up to Mammoth short by a day was so that I could dig out my tux and see if it still fit. I realized that it had been several years since I'd worn it last.
I began to get nervous that instead of finding a tailor, I might be looking for somewhere to rent an outfit.
Miraculously, it fit. It was a little tight but when I took it in to be taken out, it turned out to only need a 3/4" inch adjustment.
Not too bad considering, I bought it way back in 1999 when Cindy was nominated for her Set Decorating on What Dreams May Come.
Friday consisted of running around getting ready for Saturday night, Skye's first semi-formal school dance and our black-tie event over at the 17th Annual Art Directors Guild Awards.
But of course, as fate would have it, we had a party to attend on Friday night. It was super casual and we were able to slip out pretty early, which was good because the rest of the weekend was going to be a doozy.
Networking the Night Away
We've been to the Art Directors Guild awards a few times now. The hour of cocktails before the event feels like 15 minutes. There's always so many people to see and catch up with. The dinner and awards seem to go on forever. And then the unofficial after-party at Trader Vic's is where everyone let's their hair down and does some serious partying.
One of the highlights of the evening was honoring and spotlighting the Production Designers of the Bond films. I have been fortunate to have worked with 3 out of the 4 of them, which is pretty cool actually.
Here we are with Peter Lamont, who we worked with on the Jim Cameroon film, True Lies. It was amazing seeing him again after all these years.
The latest of the Bond designers, Dennis Gassner is an American which is pretty remarkable. He production designed the first union show I worked on, Bugsy, for which he won an Academy Award. That was back in 1991, the same year Cindy got here first nomination for Fisher King.
We saw a lot of people we worked with throughout the years. The main theme for us that evening was, "We Don't Live in Atlanta". And then of course, the assumption was that we were back in LA.
Wrong again. We are definitely nomads, going where the work is.
Every time I go to the ADG awards, I am amazed and reminded how long I've been in the film business. The people I've met along the way are definitely like family to me. Its been a wonderful and remarkable journey and hopefully the second half of my career lives up to the first.
Super Bowl Traditions
I have never been a big football fan. So it has been wonderful to have been going semi-regularly to a friend's party where as many people as not are more interested in making pizzas as watching the big game. That it also happens to be at the house where we have been crashing on this last LA trip was a huge added bonus.
I helped out where I could with the last-minute party preparations, cleaning off the outdoor furniture, chopping up vegetables, this that and the other and then kept as far away from the game as possible, although I always could tell how things were faring from the cheers and screams coming from within.
I usually manage to see some of the commercials and the half-time show, but this year I only made it into the house a couple of times, spending most of the afternoon outside, which was absolutely gorgeous, by the way, catching up with old friends many of whom I know because of this yearly get-together.
And again I ended up explaining as best I could what it's like to be modern day nomads.