Peanut Gallery; Cold reality sets in as filming ends
“So take your ‘Frost’ back to L.A. so we can get our spring weather back. You jinxed us.”
I guess that wasn’t the nicest thing to say to the Warner Bros. crews as they packed up their neatly organized big rigs, tour buses, Hertz trucks and numerous other rented vehicles from their location in Olympic Heights, but I was tired of the hype, lies and rumors.
What truth was behind the rumors I’m still unsure of, but making the coy remark about spring weather and L.A., left me with mixed feelings. Knowing the spotlight on Truckee was soon to be dimmed, I felt a sadness for the merchants and locals who had geared up to welcome the production company.
On the other hand, I had been dealt so much misinformation about the filming that I felt completely duped. Empty threats about photographing the animated snowman and the whining about our weather had worn on my nerves. No one forced Warner to film a movie set in Colorado in the Sierra. I thought that its budget of $85 million would have covered adequate warm clothing for its crews.
The movie’s first publicist was the last one to ask me what to wear in the mountains, only days before she would meet an unexpected death due to a brain aneurysm. My advice fell by the wayside.
I saw my neighbor’s house in Olympic Heights transformed into the movie’s ideal Colorado home – no one around here would paint a house that color. I was glad to hear the color was coming off as soon as possible.
In my opinion, the $4,000 Warner was offering to the downtown merchants seemed low. The company told me to encourage shoppers to the area to “appease the merchants” while it told the merchants to “let their customers out the back door.” OK, what was that about?
And the thing that bothered me the most was the talk about how Truckee’s economy would benefit by the filming. I know that during a normally slow time of year any extra money is welcomed, but I was bitter about the company’s decision to find accommodations in Reno, not at the Resort at Squaw Creek as first planned.
The company brought in outside caterers for their lunches and didn’t spend any sizable amount of money in our area, except for its locations. I didn’t buy the “shpeal” about bringing hundreds of people into the area – they were basically shipped in and shipped out of locations, spending their inflated salaries in Reno, not here.
I’m not knocking what they did spend, but don’t waste my time with blah-blah. The soft money would have been a nice topping.
I was told there is a marketing idea to fill stores with “Frost” memorabilia or to print shirts that say, “Where in the hell is Medford, Colorado – in Truckee, California.”
My advice is don’t bother with the effort. Most of the community will forget about the production crews until the movie is released and then when the movie has made its way through the North Shore theaters, the only reference to frost will be a comment made as the fall changes to winter.
Other movie companies have come and gone, and Truckee will still exist as a place at a crossroads, with decisions on its table that will forever affect the face of the once railroad and logging town, perched along a beautiful river and a busy interstate.
On the other hand, I hope all the locals involved with the production made a bundle and had fun doing it. I’ve been a part of filming movies before and know it’s a great experience. I certainly don’t want to rob you of your celebrity status. I just hope no one was taken advantage of, because in no way should any movie company come here thinking we are “a sleepy little town like Medford, Colo.”
Truckee-Tahoe locals won’t be heard whining about weather.
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This column wasn’t supposed to be about “Frost” or my beefs with Warner. It was supposed to be an introduction to our “Town Talk” column, soon to be published twice monthly.
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