Tuesday, February 16, 2010

The Story of Jon Cring

On a given day, you never know what's going to happen.
Chris got a call last week from a man named Jon Cring. He is an independent movie producer from Tennessee, recently located to Albany, who is working on a short film. Apparently, he was shooting a scene in a local strip hotel and he needed some props for the shoot.
He met Chris at Fort Plain Antiques early Saturday morning, before the filming, to borrow some weird stuff. I say he came to the right place!

Director Jon Cring, searching high and low in the store for funky stuff
(He didn't have to go very far!)

I looked him up on the net in doing research for this blog post, and found this article about his ongoing project on The Gainesville Sun site...
"In the days of multi-million dollar movie budgets, the members of the Extra/Ordinary Film Project challenged themselves and stretched the boundaries of typical film production — completing 12 feature-length films in 20 months while maintaining a shoestring budget for each one."
I am assuming that this flick he is filming is one of the 12 films.
So Jon and his wife Tracy came thru the store like a storm. We figured he had a certain "look" he was trying to achieve, and in a whirlwind they grabbed a group of crazy items and left to go shoot at Palatine Motel. We didn't know what to think!

Jon and Tracy Cring, posing with their loot

The whole escapade got me curious to find out exactly what would be done with such a strange array of props. I headed over to Palatine to see what was going on.
At the motel, I knew it was going to be kind of insane. Inside of one of the motel rooms, the mayhem ensued. Outside the room, locals dressed in outrageous costumes and mulled about waiting to be called for the shoot.

Jon Crings' minions, scurrying to create the "set"

Local extra hopefuls dressed in costume and stormed the door

I was quite amused at what they ended up doing with the props. I didn't stick around to see what the filming was about, cuz there was a lot of confusion. Besides, I am sure that Jon needed to gather his wits about him in order to direct this crazy scene.

A wall of wallpaper, crooked paintings, and a teletubby!

The next day, Jon called us and we met him at Fort Plain Antiques so he could return the props. All went well, according to him.
We were glad to loan our unusual wares to these folks. It's not every day that we get to help promote culture in the Mohawk Valley. I can't wait to see the flick. I am sure it is absurdity at it's best!

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