A Second Look

Well today I must say was an interesting day and I want to get some notes down while my memory is still fresh.

Last week the people from “Transilvania Look” (that’s the real name), a TV channel based here in Unicorn City, called me and asked me to participate in something they were filming today. You might remember my last encounter (link to the video is in the sidebar) so I was a little hesitant but decided to give them another chance. What did they want to film me doing? Where were we going to go? What would we talk about? Come on, you already know the answer to that one. They didn’t tell me anything.

In fact, even as we drove out to Gilau, I still had no idea what we would be doing. Well they made me promise not to show you (I did plenty of filming myself with my own camera) but what these guys were doing was shooting their Easter special, to be broadcast on (Romanian) Easter Sunday, which is next week. I’m sure you can watch it live on your television if you live in or near Unicorn City but they also simulcast on their website if you want to see me before the footage is archived.

Holy moley guacamole, what can I say? Literally all of the “Transilvania Look” stars were on there, right down to the guy who interviewed me the first time (who wants me to come back) to some people I’ve written about before (Romana Farcas) to the greatest person I got a chance to meet today. I was hanging around “back stage” and was trading shots of palinca with none other than this city’s greatest chef. Yes! It’s the guy who cooked 200 chickens at once! I actually approached him and said, “Hey aren’t you the guy who cooked 200 chickens?” and his response (I love this guy jur) was, “No, not 200 but 210” LOL. He cooked all the food that you’ll see on the show.

In fact, his food was the only real thing in the show. Literally everything else was as fake as a Romanian rental contract. These guys are following along in the great tradition of American television (which other Romanian channels are doing as well I’m sure) where everything is fake, fake and more fake. The applause is fake. The “traditional” clothes are fake. The music is fake (what Romanians call “play back” but in real English is called “lip synching”). The enthusiasm is fake. Even pretending that it’s now Easter Sunday was fake. The entire thing was scripted and timed and set up to be one big jolly Easter show and I’m sure it’ll come out just fine but it’s hilarious to see just how similar to American TV it all is in its total fakery.

In fact, I stole the shooting script and they didn’t say anything about not posting that, so here’s a little taste:

Get on stage and quit sneaking shots of tuica!

You might recognize who’s mentioned there in the upper left hand corner ;)

But despite the fakery, we all had a lot of fun. I was handed a shot of tuica *coughcough* two seconds after we arrived and the food and drinks were plentiful and delicious. There was also lots of joking around and standard Romanian hijinks in between filming shots. The entire thing was set right in front of a gorgeous lake very close to Unicorn City and I got myself a pretty nice tan from hanging around there all day.

So yeah I spent about five hours there total and will be on the show about three minutes maximum LOL welcome to television! But it was a lot of fun. I even got to meet a few wandering tourists who had no idea the show was being filmed.

Well as I said, I filmed plenty myself, especially some of the action in between the filming and some other crazy stuff (like a dog running around loose, causing major havoc) but I promised that I wouldn’t upload it until the real show is broadcast. Once those two are online, links (and uploaded footage) will be forthcoming I promise.

What can I say? A good time was had by all.

In the meantime, stay tuned because I’m working on a project that I’ve long wanted to do but needed a more powerful computer, which I now have. I hope to get it done by tomorrow and it’s pretty cool if I do say so myself.


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