I wish I had the pictures that I took of T. C. Christensen as he worked on set. It was incredible. He was patience, quiet, professional in every moment. I was amazed one night during the barn scene (I hope it made the cut in the movie). It had been a very long day for everyone, but especially for him. At midnight, he was still going strong. I asked him if he weren't tired. He looked at me puzzled, as if what kind of question was that. His answer: "I love doing this. To me, this is fun!" I did get the picture below when he was talking with some of the actors/extras. Perhaps it is appropriate that this is the picture of T. C. that survived. He always had time for people.
There are some neat pictures of him, as well as others, at the website below. (But don't go there until you have seen the pictures of our favorite Ron that are here!) http://www.facebook.com/17miracles?sk=photos
Ron Tanner, T. C.'s cousin, worked very closely with him on this movie. He took charge of recruiting, organizing and verifying the extras. In the movie, "Treasures in Heaven," he was called the producer and production manager. I don't know if that is what he was called in "17 Miracles." The thing that impressed me with Ron was his constant smile. I know that there were some challenging days, when people who had promised to show up to be extras, didn't show up. It put a lot of stress on him and T. C. But Ron just kept on smiling. I think that attitude in Ron and in T. C. was what made being an extra on this movie so fun, as well as kept everything so positive.
|Ron, with his constant smile|
Ron would arrange for all the extras, calling us the day before to let us know what time to arrive. Then he was always checking that list. He would make sure we had shown up and signed his list. I often thought of Santa Claus, "making a list and checking it twice," when I saw him. As jolly as old St. Nick, it seemed to fit.