The Infinity in the Room


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If you think conversations are tense when there is an elephant in the room, then you should try to hold a rehearsal with an Infinity sedan parked in the middle of your stage.

In all fairness, it was an accident. The class using the stage before ours is a cinematography class and if I were to guess I would say that today was the day they were learning to do poor mans process: a safer alternative for shooting car driving scenes than actually trying to get a rig to do one on a road. Clearly someone (a student I assume) had driven their car onto the stage to be a part of the demonstration.

And there it died. Right in the middle of the room. Attempts to start it succeeded only on creating a gentle ticking noise. The debate raged on through the first fifteen minutes of the class: could it be started some other way? Was it going to be necessary to call for a tow? Would AAA be able to help?

In the end, it stayed there for the remainder of the class like it was auditing the class. We did our best to squeeze in around it. I’m not certain why they didn’t open the elephant doors and just push the thing out onto the back driveway where a tow truck or AAA or even a mechanically minded student could have worked on it without disrupting class for more than the time it took to push it out. It has wheels after all.

But what do I know.

Maybe it was secretly a lesson in obstacles and subtext: the big unspoken thing taking up space in the room that everybody has to dance around that makes things interesting. Or maybe it was a lesson in adapting to unexpected circumstances during the course of a production and just carrying on. Most likely it was none of these things: at least not intentionally, but those were a few of the things that I took away from it.

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~ by Gwydhar Gebien on March 1, 2016.

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