The twelve of us seem to attract a lot of attention from the locals. Everybody stares. Because this happens so often it is best to embrace it. When it happens to me I either stare right back at them until they feel awkward and look away, or I smile and wave. The attention is something to get used to. That is part of what made the music video shoot tough. They took a dozen film kids who are used to being behind the scenes and stuck them on stage. It’s kind of unnerving having to perform in front of a crew.
Once that shoot was over and we moved onto our documentary project I figured we could go back to the roles we were most comfortable with. That is not the case. I was in line for the veg lunch today at Whistling Woods today when the student behind me decided to introduce himself. This is not unusual. Indians are very polite and will start us a conversation with you without being provoked to do so. I was expecting the ol’ “how do you like India?” again. Instead after he introduced himself he calls over a couple of his friends and asks if they can make a documentary on out Bombay experience on the 12 of us. I heard later on that this is a class assignment they got. The only problem with this is that we have been in India for what seems like forever. We are used to the heat and the poverty and the rickshaws. They missed the culture shock shots they could have gotten a while ago. I am just as bad an actor as I am a dancer, so I won’t be doing any dramatizations of our first few days here.
I’m not complaining about this at all. I just do not like being on camera. Worst case situation we’ll have a behind-the-scenes feature of our documentaries and a couple of people on hand to help us translate.
Onto our documentary. Ours is on the street dogs of Bombay. Today marked our second day of shooting. So far we have gotten some pretty interesting shots. For example today we saw a couple of monkeys, a handful of goats, five cows, over twenty chickens/chicks, some roosters, and around 100 dogs. We have done so much, but there is always more to do.