First we tried to go to the Mall of America north parking lot-- the old Met Stadium east lot-- figuring that we could get a shot from the airport there without any hassle. Sasha was going to be late, so I spent a bit of time rebalancing the glidecam.
Just about getting ready to shoot, when a security guard drives up.
Tony gets out to talk to him.
Nope, we can't shoot there.
But there is an "airport parking lot" just a few blocks away.
So we all (Tony, Kristi, Sasha, and me) hop in the van and head over to the lot.
Which turns out to be the 28th street light rail station.
And it turns out to be a lovely happy accident, because there is something much more visually interesting about the train station than a distant shot of the airport.
And since they had these rather large translight advertisements-- the ones that are lit from behind-- I decided that we should use one as a big softbox for the close-up of Sasha. And omighod, it worked better than I could have imagined. We got a series of shots in with the glidecam, then lucked into a train being timed to leave the station so we got this nice smooth glidecam shot of Sasha, beautifully lit with the train pulling away, and the wind blows her hair just perfectly as she turns to leave.
Tony was dancing with sheer joy.
We shot less than five minutes of footage, hopped in the van and returned to our respective vehicles, then hit Chevy's for some Tex-Mex.
It was a good night.