The only thing I had on the agenda today was an orientation meeting at the school. I woke up to pouring rain. After showering and getting dressed, I grabbed my computer and raincoat and headed down to Caffe del Corso for my morning cappuccino and to see what happened in the States the day prior.
Scenes from the earthquake in northern Italy flood the cafe’s TV. The earthquake caused quite a bit of destruction including some historic buildings. Luckily, less than 10 have died (as of this writing) but many are homeless. It’s hard to believe that the cause of such destruction was not even felt here in Orvieto (about 200km away).
Several minutes before 9:30am, I walked down the wet cobblestones of Corso Cavour, hung left at Via Duomo, and headed for the piazza as the rain steadily increased. I neglected to bring an umbrella with me so the rain began to soak me quite thoroughly. My hair became inundated and started to drip into my face. The clock tower began to chime its song of passing time: 9 deep bells and then 2 higher in tone.
Once I reached the Duomo I darted into the school’s lobby and watched as the tour buses began their assault on the 14th century cathedral. A bus would swoop into the square and screech to a stop, opening its doors to allow for the paratrooper-like tourists to leap from the opening, cameras and camcorders in hand, like a scene from Operation Market Garden.
The tourists quickly bolted to take cover underneath the awning of the school as the machine-gun rain pelted the roof. They took careful aim with their cameras and began photographing the ancient church. Bus after bus continued to maneuver into the square dropping their cargo. The Piazza Duomo, once peaceful and calm in the rain succumbed to surrender and settled in for the 8-hour Occupation of the Tourist.
I finally met up with Dr. Soren and met his wife Noelle. I received a preliminary shooting schedule. This week we will be travelling to a few cities/rural areas to scout for shooting locations. I have one more free day tomorrow and then work begins on Wednesday.
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