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A Weekend in Memphis April 7, 2009

Posted by jayejfenderson in Production.
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Earlier this year one of the students in our film moved out to Memphis, so this past weekend we got on a plane and headed out to the birthplace of rock ‘n’ roll to catch up with her. Being the low-budget documentary that it is, we decided to save money by doing everything ourselves. Hello, the Adam and Jaye crew.

The bleary-eyed 5am crew.

The bleary-eyed 5am crew.

Our adventure started at 4:30am on Saturday at the LAX airport where we discovered that it cost an additional $30 per bag for checked luggage. Yikes! It didn’t help that we were hauling a camera, tripod, sound gear, two hard drives, a boom mic, our personal luggage, and my laptop. We crammed as much stuff as we could into our carry-ons and prayed that security wouldn’t hassle us too much for all our film gear.

Thankfully, we didn’t get stopped at LAX, and we were finally on our way. The weekend was a whirlwind of filming every day, so we didn’t have much time for sightseeing. However, we did manage to get our fill of tasty Memphis BBQ at Corky’s on Poplar Avenue. We highly recommend it to anyone passing through! Afterward we checked out the famed Beale Street pulsating with live music and a lot of interesting characters.

Corky's BBQ

The rest of the weekend was spent filming, filming, and more filming. Adam was a champ operating both camera and sound, and I had the relatively easy job of interviewing, driving while Adam got b-roll, and then holding the boom mic when we were filming reality. We almost didn’t make our flight home on Sunday because we got caught up filming on the Tennessee highway, and then got held up by the Memphis TSA who made us unpack every single item of equipment and then had a pow wow to determine our fate. We were finally allowed to pass through and made it back to LAX in one piece.


Overall, it was a great weekend of filming even though it was pretty stressful having just the two of us there. But it made us super thankful for our LA-based crew, and we’re so excited our student is moving back to California in a few weeks.



1. brandon - April 10, 2009

you went to memphis and didn’t go to graceland or the rendevous? ohhh well, means you’ll have to go back again sometime….congrats on the intrepid filming.

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