Enthusiasm, optimism, and standing room only
By Richard J. Schneider
The Caboose at the back of the Chop House has become an institution. It is a fine place to meet up for beers, burgers, and brats before a Rockies game in the summer. In the winter, it stands ready for special gatherings, like the Colorado Film and Video Association's annual holiday blast.
This year, there was something added to the atmosphere during the event, something hopeful, something positive. Cautiously positive, but positive nonetheless.
There were the old faces. I am one of those. And there were the new faces.
Among the old faces, there was very little talk of Ye Days of Olde when the late Raymond Burr filmed Perry Mason in Colorado on a sound stage and around the state. Or when Father Dowling prowled the dark corners of Denver's underbelly. Or when Dick Van Dyke made the occasional appearance. No, there was very little talk of the days when Viacom ruled the streets of Denver.
Among the gray and graying hairs of the old faces, there was talk of the future. Jobs are still “spotty” as one audio type said. But they are there, or here – here in Colorado. Less travel to the airport to board a flight to who knows where to get work. There was talk of freezing fingers as scripts were monitored for the companies shooting national spots in Colorado. A lighting director told me he is working steadily. At least one person logged the best year ever. Another seasoned vet revealed much work on location scouting and production management.
Mostly the talk was of commercials, but as Colorado moves back onto the production radar screens, national spot production is once again becoming the bread and butter for the local industry.