Monday, November 30, 2009

A World Away

I’ve been watching episodes of “Alias” on DVD, which I have been borrowing from my local library.  If you’re familiar with the show, which ran from about 2000-2006, you’re aware that it’s about an agent (Jennifer Garner) who works for the CIA posing as an agent for an intelligence company, which sells information, secrets and weapons internationally for profit.

One the features of the show is that this character, Sydney Bristow, that’s her name, travels all around the world to get her assignments done.  She will be at her home that she shares with roommates near UCLA one moment, then, in the blink of an eye, she will be entering a spy building in Russia. 

Due to Disney’s budget restraints at the time they were making the show, pretty much anything other than exterior setting shots where filmed in or around the Disney lot.  I remember Michael Eisner sending out a bulk email at the time telling the studios employees, including yours truly, that he hoped people wouldn’t mind seeing filming equipment around the Lot each week as their intent was to save money.

In fact, since I tended to work a lot of hours, and a lot of late hours, I was called by Disney security several times, asking me politely to move my Mustang over a few spaces in the lower level parking garage of the Disney parking lot. 

But that aside, last night there was an episode in which Sydney had to go to Helsinki, Finland, in order to retrieve a very important item undercover.  The scene began with an exterior shot; “B” roll as they say in the industry, of a very handsome building with colored lights reflecting off of it and across a tranquil body of water.

When I saw this, it made me pine for the feeling of being in a remote country, where I might see interesting architecture and a different way of living.  It’s been a long time since I traveled abroad due to limited income.  There’s something so exciting and special in setting foot in an exotic land.  Oooh, I miss it!!!