One of the coolest aspects of my job is working with the movies, AKA Hollywood.
Well, to be fair, and honest, my involvement is minimal.
I get called from time to time for permission to use one of my employer’s facilities to film scenes for a movie, or commercial, or music video, or a still photo shoot.
It’s not up to me to grant permission–that’s done by the department director where I work. I just help out in getting the permission, relaying any requirements to the film/production company, and so on.
One of the weirder things I worked on was for the filming of Reno 911!: Miami. They needed a good spot to blow up a whale (a dead one) and we had just the right place: an unused sludge drying bed at a wastewater treatment plant.
I made the arrangements but due to my schedule at the time I couldn’t go out to watch the explosion.
To this day I don’t know if they used a “fake” whale or an actual dead whale in this scene.
PS: The video below of an exploding whale is not from the movie. I couldn’t find a clip of the scene online, probably due to copyright issues.