How I spent my summer vacation (which was Saturday)


It’s a WRAP! Principal production for Terminator: Nedisys ended Saturday evening. Keep in mind that when I say “principal production,” we’re talking about an iPod, a selfie-stick and a special effects budget limited to recycling my Dos Equis bottles. Still, it’s not every day you get to ask a street and bar full of people to pretend you’re naked because you’re making a Terminator spoof.

Then again, after walking around in a red thong on the dunes to shoot the opening, this seemed almost blasé. Except without the sunburn.

I’ve learned a lot of things about moviemaking in this first endeavor. For example, the importance of “contiunuity.” Between shoots yesterday, our fire department had a car wash plus a structure fire. I wore a fire dept. tank top for the car wash, and also on the fire call. After putting the fire out, we began rolling up hose and getting back into service, so I took off my fire coat and worked in my tank top. That evening, when we went to shoot the bar scene, I realized I got a little more sun than I thought.


Judging from his sunburn, The Terminator was apparently wearing a tank top between riding down the dunes in a thong and arriving at the biker bar.

James Cameron has already called and chewed me out.

Anyway, I’ll be spending the rest of today putting everything together for tommorow’s premiere here and on several Facebook pages.

And did I mention it’s premiering Tuesday night on the BIG screen before the actual “Terminator: Genisys” movie at our local movie theater?

Red thong.

20-foot screen.

And no refunds, please..

In the meantime, here’s a behind-the-scenes look at just one of the exciting special effects you’ll see The Nedinator! Actually, it’s our only special effect…

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I was a journalist, humor columnist, writer and editor at Siuslaw News for 23 years. The next chapter in my own writer’s journey is helping other writers prepare their manuscript for the road ahead. I'm married to the perfect woman, have four great kids, and a tenuous grip on my sanity...

20 thoughts on “How I spent my summer vacation (which was Saturday)”

  1. So cool Ned! You are a production genius. I could actually see another dimension when you held that specially designed dimension transfer device up to the camera. Whew! I saw great things happening for you in the future. Carry on!

  2. Yes…I definitely saw some sort of rift in the space/time continuum happening there. I’m amazed you survived the journey there and back, and can only pray that the experience has not left you toting around some horribly leggy little alien hiding right behind your spleen, just waiting for his chance to come bursting forth in a geyser of blood and gore, causing everyone in your immediate vicinity to rethink having bean burritos for lunch…or dinner…or ever again in this lifetime.

    I figure you have roughly three days before you find out (via a seriously bad stomach ache) if you’re still alone…erm…INSIDE…and if inventing travel through that rift thingie is going to make you rich beyond your wildest dreams, or fail to even cover your funeral expenses. Let me know what happens. If you make it with your spleen intact, that is. I’ll be the one hiding behind the sofa, with a barf bag nearby.

  3. i think the red thong was actually a brilliant move, as i’m quite sure the rest of your body matched and blended in after your time spent ‘flesh out’ in the great outdoors. thong and tank top for a car wash? sounds like you may be the paris hilton of the fire crew.

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