Prom at the Circus, power failure

Preparing the Big Top for Prom (iPhone6)

There are some breaks in the daily schedule of moving from place to place where they have a multi-day stand. Staying in place for two or three days. On one of these stands they decided to put on a themed party, a ‘Prom’.

With the tent being setup, complete with lighting, sound system, band, seating, etc, what better place to have it. Decorations, refreshments from the cookhouse, everyone dressing up, and you have a party.

Behind the circus, between the Big Top and the ‘Village’.  (Canon 5DMkII,24-70L)

The truck in the foreground is the generator which provides power for the entire show, concessions, lighting, and all the trailers and RV’s in the village. A big job considering all the equipment and gear it needs to power, especially in the summer when all the air conditioners are running.

On one of the days were were filming the generator shutdown right in the middle of the show. As the motto “The show must go on” states, the show continued during the outage. Crews quickly got it back up and running after a few minutes.

You’ll see more of each of these in the documentary once finished.


I Ran Away With the Circus

It’s true. Literally.


I had the opportunity to live with a traveling circus for three weeks, travel the countryside, and film all aspects of their operation for a documentary. We traveled to a new site every day, visited several states, rode in the rolling convey as it traveled the highways and back roads. Long days, 4:30AM wake up calls, 11:30PM lights out, these people never stop. I admire them for their work ethic and sense of family and community.

I will blog along the way without giving away too much. Its a nice peek into what it takes to put on a traveling show that visits a new site each day and puts on two shows, then disappears by morning.

The documentary, “24hr Circus“, will be out sometime late 2017 or early 2018.

Dumping the morning footage for review while queued waiting for location setup.