9th Street hasn't looked this good in a long time.
Lights on in the old Cleveland Trust bank. People coming in and out of the Scofield building. Cops directing traffic.
The Avengers have come to Cleveland, and they're filming in Wyse's neighborhood, making 9th Street look like 42nd in New York.
Now, I've been on my share of shoots, and I've seen the magic set dressers can create. But this is something else altogether, on a scale even the biggest, most elaborate commercials never approach.
There's crew everywhere, dozens of them. And in the way of all crew, each one of them knows exactly what they're supposed to be doing at any given minute.
Over the years, I've made a study of film crew people. And I've noticed that even though they look like free-spirited, tattooed hippies, they're actually obsessive-compulsives. Just watch the meticulous way a film crew organizes:
Every cord taped down, even if it stretches for blocks. Every piece of equipment labelled and in place on their oh-so-efficient movable carts. Prepared for absolutely anything, right down to their clothes. Chilly in the morning, hot in the afternoon? No problem - their pants magically zip off to become shorts. Sudden rainstorm? Out of nowhere, the crew suddenly appears in full rainsuits.
But most interesting of all is that while you're looking at the scene that's being filmed, they're already solving problems on the next one.
Hmmm. Always prepared. Ready for anything. One jump ahead of everybody else.
Maybe we should all start thinking like crew.