See, there’s Miles making that face I was trying to make here.
See, there’s Miles making that face I was trying to make here.
It’s time for updates on Miles’s fledgling acting career!
First, I got to see his movie, Camera Obscura in a theater while we were in Austin! It was extremely exciting. I squealed quietly every time he was on screen or there was a mention of his character. Which amounted to approximately 45 seconds all told throughout the course of the movie.
(Yes. I do realize I am being ridiculous, considering he was literally an extra. I mean, a featured extra, but an extra nonetheless.)
I went with my friends Deborah and Elizabeth to the show, so I owe them many thanks for putting up with me. Also it was at the Alamo Drafthouse, which is the best cinema chain ever. PLEASE COME TO NEW ORLEANS, ALAMO DRAFTHOUSE. Unlimited bowls of popcorn! Free giant cups of ice water! Also booze! And pizza! Honestly, what more could you want? I actually went to three different Alamos while in Austin, and each was a delight.
Anyway, back to Miles’s movie. You can watch it, you know! It’s available on demand now!
Links to various places to watch it can be found here.
I don’t want to give anything away, so I shall only share one screen cap from the movie. But it’s my favorite part that Miles was in.
My other favorite part was seeing Miles’s name in the credits as “Drowned Child.” And then, weirdly, my own name under the Extras. That’s a fun mistake I can live with!
Okay, so that’s cool BUT THAT’S NOT ALL!
Back in the spring, Miles filmed another featured extra bit for a TV show! And it’s pretty exciting because the show, Claws, just debuted, and it’s been getting a good amount of press. He’s going to be in the fourth episode, which airs on July 2. Don’t worry, I’ll remind everyone 1000 times before then.
I can’t really go into any detail about that just yet, but I’ll post more after it airs.
Miles surprised me the other day by saying he wanted to go back to his natural hair color. Considering the amount of times I’ve told them their hair needed to be “normal” again, I was surprisingly sad about it. But we went to Walgreens and picked out a box of medium brown and this morning, put it in.
I have this video from when the boys were about 2ish, and the boys are pointing to the computer screen and saying each others’ names. I love how they said Miles’s name, and I still call him MY-YOHS sometimes.
He came with me the other day to take photos of my friend’s family in the rooftop bar of a local hotel. Love this crazy-haired kid (and his brothers too.)
A few weeks ago, the movie Miles “acted” in finally showed up on IMDB! So exciting! Now I know it’s a horror movie, too. Yikes. I hope I’m not going to be too scared to see watch it. Gulp.
And look who has his very own IMDB page now?
I had to take a screenshot in case it disappears one day. Ha!
I’m a dork, I know.
Yesterday Miles had his second day of filming. I was not super excited when I got our call time of 7:30 am, especially since it meant driving to Baton Rouge beforehand. The movie biz isn’t all glamour, y’all.
We were about 20 minutes away from the set when I got a call from a PA asking if we could get there sooner, because they wanted to get Miles’s scene done first. Fortunately, we were on track to get there about 15 minutes early.
Once we got there, of course, there was a little waiting around. Miles had a snack and after not too long, we were called to the set. (Man, I sound so knowledgeable with all my movie lingo, eh?)
In the library stairwell. Can you tell he’s excited and a bit nervous?
A bit more waiting.
Finally, it was time for Miles! His scene involved an elevator. The director had him practice a few times.
Remember, his last scene was at the pool, so he had to wear the same bathing suit, and get wet down. They used water and baby oil so it would bead up and look shiny, I guess.
Gotta keep the talent warm between takes.
Rehearsing for another part of the scene.
Soon, he was all done! The crew all cheered for him when they said, “this is Miles’s picture wrap” or “Miles is picture wrapped” or “wrap picture for Miles.” I dunno, some kind of lingo I didn’t quite pick up about him being done with his scenes. I also heard someone say he has a bright future ahead of him, so I am pretty much assuming he is going to be taking me to the Oscars one day.
But in all seriousness, I don’t know if this is the beginning or end of his acting career, but I’m glad he had the opportunity. It’s kind of tricky when filming involves missing a day of school, but hopefully there will more chances coming up.
I’ve been taking pics on my walks around the neighborhood, just to record some of the little details that I love.
March 21 – a fish.
March 22 – a dog.
March 23 – and another fish. Okay, apparently animal details are my thing.
March 24 – a swirly thing that holds back shutters. I assume it has a more technical name.
March 25 – A bored and jaded Miles while he waits to be called to play his part.
March 26 – Ziggy. Before he chewed up an entire brand new bottle of Children’s Tylenol. Which, presumably, he didn’t actually ingest because he’s still with us.
March 27 – sneak peek of next week’s 100th monthly pic!
Today Miles and I went to Baton Rouge so he could be in a movie!
A while back, Miles said he wanted to be an actor. So I added him to an extras casting website, and every so often, if I saw something he was qualified for, I’d submit him. Recently one came up for kids in a pool scene, and it was for today, which is a school holiday, so I figured, why not?
Lo and behold, I got a call on Wednesday saying the director wanted him to be a featured extra! Which, I don’t know, means he was just a little bit more of a special extra.
When the casting person said, “he’ll be playing a drowned child. Is that okay with you?” the amazing mother that I am said, “SUUUURE of course that’s cool!” I didn’t actually tell Miles he’d be playing a dead kid until we were on our way today.
We got to the set at about 9 this morning. I was doing everything I could to pretend I knew what I was doing, but I did not. I think I managed not to look like a complete idiot, at least.
When we arrived, the makeup person said they were going to cover his body in blue dead-looking paint, but in the end, since he was freshly drowned, it wasn’t necessary. Bummer. That would’ve been even cooler. Miles was v jealous of the other kid who got to be covered in blood. Maybe next time.
Anyway, after much waiting and watching them film some scenes by the pool, it was Miles’s turn! The director said, “okay, just get in the pool and hold your breath and float face down.”
I was skeptical. It was 56 degrees when we got there, so I’m sure the water was frigid. But Miles was game. He got in the pool, and turns out, while he can swim, he can’t really do the dead man’s float. After a bit of sputtering, the director was like, “oh hey, that’s fine, Miles, we’ll just have you dead on the side of the pool.”
(Everyone was v nice.)
So Miles climbed out, laid on the ground, and they took a bunch of pics. (He’s only dead in a photograph in the movie, in this scene.)
After that was done, he was in the background of some scenes, playing by the pool, apparently freaking out the main character, who I guess is thinking he’s seeing a dead kid? I’m not completely clear on the plot of this movie. I suspect it’s a thriller or a horror movie or something. It’s not in IMDb yet.
So after they did a zillion takes of that scene, from different angles, Miles was done! Except we didn’t find out we were done for about three hours, wherein Miles got very bored. Eventually, we were told we could leave.
But we’ll be going back in a few weeks to film another creepy scene (the casting people sent me that part of the script.) Should be interesting!
I was going through the pictures I took at a parade yesterday and I came across this photo of Miles…
Which reminded me a lot of this photo, which was funny because once, when he was tiny (he was a month old here) he wriggled his hand out of his swaddle and started screaming at this foreign object in his face. (Well, I know that’s not really why he was screaming but it sure seemed that way.)
Anyway, I’m just glad he’s not scared of that hand anymore.
Last night, it was Miles’s turn. I decided I didn’t feel like driving all over the West Bank, plus I was crossing my fingers that Miles would choose Chipotle for dinner, so we headed across the river to hit Toys R Us first…
Look, I don’t mean to brag, but I predicted that he was going to pick the Pokemon backpack. And he did. Do I know my kids or what? (PS early prediction for Linus: Skylanders.)
He was pretty hungry after backpack choosing, so I asked him where he wanted to eat (heavily hinting at delicious chicken burritos) and he said IHOP. Sigh.
Well, the kid loves waffles and bacon. We don’t even bother ordering off the kids’ menu anymore.
He also ate half my fries. (For which I’m grateful.)
After Breakfast for Dinner #2 for me, we hit the hair salon. (It would have been funny to bring them to the same places, just to see if anyone noticed, but I really wanted to have their hair cut by different people so the results wouldn’t be the same.)
He wanted his hair a bit shorter than Oliver’s in the front. Results:
Finally, it was time to hit the shoe store. Miles is pretty picky about his shoes, and I think his feet are a little wider than his brothers’. He ended up with the same shoes as Oliver, only half a size bigger and in black:
Tonight is Linus’s turn. I’m really loving this time with my boys, can’t wait to see what he chooses!
Last night Miles’s class participated in a dance competition through a local program called Mindsteppers. I can’t share most of the photos and videos I took because of privacy issues, but I do have to share this adorable one of Miles and his swing dance partner.
Miles insisted on staying the entire time, and good thing, because they took home the gold!
At one point, a class was dancing to Uptown Funk and Oliver and Linus couldn’t not dance. It was simply not possible.
It’s been probably a year since any teeth have been lost, but at about 5:20 this morning, Miles woke me up to tell me his very wiggly front tooth was now gone.
When Linus lost his front tooth, there was already an adult tooth behind it (I assume because the tooth he lost had been damaged years before, somehow forcing the adult tooth to come in faster? Is that a thing?) so this is the first gap-toothed grin we’ve seen from the boys.