Tybee Island – Day One
We pulled into town around 2:30 yesterday, and we’ve been go, go, going ever since!
First up on our agenda was “The Last Song- Flip Flop Red Carpet Premiere Party” at the YMCA. The entire movie was shot on Tybee Island last year, so of course the media was there to capture footage of the event…
While Miss Cyrus probably strolled down a fancy-schmancy red carpet, in a fancy-schmancy gown out in L.A. last night, we strolled down this less-formal version in our everyday clothes…
Nice and casual- my kind of premiere!
The atmosphere inside was electric, and the food was off the hook. BBQ…mmmmm!
After the party, we all headed over to a theater in Savannah to watch the movie.
We drove our car, but lots of folks rode there on the trolley’s and in limo’s…
The movie was great.
I mean it.
It was really, really great!
But be prepared to bawl.
I could not stop, and by the end of the movie I think everyone in the theater was sniffling!
(Everyone leaving the theater)
We shot two cottages today and we’ll be shooting lots more this week, but I’m also hoping to photograph some of the places they used in the movie too.
The production company actually built this church just for The Last Song…
It was used in a fire scene, and apparently they had to start it on fire, and rebuild and re-paint it more than once. Here’s a peek at the scene where Greg Kinnear is being pulled out of it by two firefighters…
It was called the “Tybee Island Baptist Church” in the movie, but when shooting wrapped, Disney donated it to the local historical society. Since then, a sweet local couple has purchased it, and they plan to move it and use it for wedding ceremonies in the near future.
I’m hoping we can find it…and maybe even get a peek at the inside!
We’re also going to look for the house they used in the movie…
It’s owned by a man named Sam Adams. I found an interview online about his experience…
“It was an opportunity to sort of immortalize the house. Tybee has been very fortunate with hurricanes and storms and stuff and so far, but who’s to say that one of those storms won’t come roaring up the coast and take it out?“ said Adams.
Adams and his family live on Tybee for six months out of the year. He says not being in the home last summer was “worth the trouble” because of the money they’re leaving at Tybee. The movie is expected to bring in $8 million for the island.
Adams says the story line called for a run-down house and that crews converted his home to fit the script.
“They have promised to put it back together.“ explained Adams.
History of Adams’ home:
This is the second home built by the family on Tybee Island. Adams says that when his grandfather and greatgrandfather built it, they really knew what they were doing.
“The home is made out of hard pine- beautiful pine wood, and has very few painted surfaces,“ says Adams. “and once every 30 years, we get a new roof.“
Adams remembers when he was younger. He says his family’s phone number was just “5.“
“It was back when we had the phone system where we just picked up the phone and talked to the operator,“ explained Adams.
Tomorrow morning we’re meeting up with one of my favorite designers on the planet- Jane Coslick!
She’s going to show us some of her recent renovations, and I could not be more excited. It feels like Christmas Eve tonight!
Here are some of my favorite Jane Coslick designs…
Of course we’ll have our camera with us as we go, and I look forward to blogging about our day with her this weekend!
Well, I better wrap it up for the night.
It’s late, and I’ve got a big, beautiful bed calling my name!
(The moon over the ocean, here on Tybee, tonight)
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