Today's post is not about my attempt to get into real estate. Instead, it describes the first reason why a parody of Raiders of the Lost Ark would be impossible for me to film. I had a basic outline of the plot, simplified to just the bare bones. I was probably a couple months into figuring out plot ideas before it hit me--how was I going to recreate Egypt in Maine?
My first thought was to use a nice, sandy beach. Who would know the difference? In one background you would have the ocean and in other shots a parking lot! Needless to say, I quickly learned that would not work. It was then I discovered an attraction. The Desert of Maine! It is real--check it out! Apparently, decades of not rotating crops left the area with a true desert and it is now a tourist attraction. As fabulous as it is, it was still surrounded by classic Maine pine trees.
At this juncture, I knew the location would have to change. Around this time my cousin had done a crazy bike trek of South America. Ah! South America! Rainforests (trees), plains (grass), and mountains! Maine has all of these! So, I decided Indiana Slim would travel to South America.
With that in mind, I continued working on the story.
To Be Continued...