I photographed downtown Huntsville, er, Waynesboro, today.

April 27, 2006, 3:53 PM

For those of you who are movie buffs, the upcoming movie Evan Almighty (sequel to Bruce Almighty) had some scenes filmed in Waynesboro, specifically downtown. You won’t find me in the film, but you will see the city. For this, downtown Waynesboro is dressed up as “Huntsville”.

It’s interesting what they did to Waynesboro, too. First of all, banners hanging from the lampposts say “Huntsville Festival of Fine Arts”. Then the Waynesboro Heritage Museum, which is very much under renovation, was done up as a coffee shop, with tables and chairs outside on the sidewalk. The Charles T. Yancey Municipal Building, which was a Bank of America before it became a city building, was disguised as a church. The building’s real sign was concealed by trees, and a fake church sign was placed in front. It said, “Obeying God: That means you, Evan.” The sign was covered by a tarp when I did my shoot. And finally, there were all kinds of fake plants attached to the real ones, and placed in various other places. The trees had fake blossoms tied on with wire. There were also piles of mulch on the sidewalk, with fake flowers stuck in there. All in all, downtown Waynesboro looked pretty good. It makes me want to see the movie, if nothing else but to see how Waynesboro ends up looking in the movie, done up as Huntsville.

And I now have a photo set of it all, which you may very well see in Photography.

Otherwise, after I finished in downtown, I did some miscellaneous photography. I headed down to Ridgeview Park in Waynesboro, and photographed off of a metal footbridge over the South River. The last time I photographed there was in the fall of 2003.

While I was there, a group from Hugh K. Cassell Elementary School (that I presume was on a field trip) was preparing to leave the park. Before they left, however, they took a walk across the bridge and back. Thus my photography was interrupted twice. The first time was when this herd of what looked like fourth graders crossed over the bridge. I had to stop because all of them thundering across this metal bridge caused the bridge to shake, which would have ruined any potential shots. So I just stood to one side and let them cross. Then I was interrupted the second time when they thundered across.

And in addition, a number of the kids, as well as some of the adults, all informed me that I work at Wal-Mart. We thank them for that information. Thank you for informing me about who I work for. I had no idea.

Then from there, I went back home, but not before first photographing the work on Route 608, which is certainly coming along, but isn’t done yet. I can’t wait for them to be finished with it, because this detour is awful…

Web site: Wikipedia article for Evan Almighty

Song: "The Garbage Man Can" from The Simpsons

Quote: Also, I got a new, smaller belt to prevent those embarrassing "wardrobe malfunctions". This one hugs me tightly.

Categories: Movies, Photography, Waynesboro