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Make Friends with Florists

Holy Grail isn't the only film that makes use of shrubberies. In fact, for both of my most recent shoots I've needed flowers. And so we hopped over to our local flower shop in search of...

Ugly Flowers

Now, I don't know much about flowers except they are supposed to mean stuff and look pretty and smell good. End of the extent of Luke Holzmann's knowledge of botany.

And so it's good to have a local flower shop where everyone there knows who I am (I'm that film guy, right?) and I can trust to give me good advice. The girl at the shop told me that she didn't carry any ugly flowers (can't really blame her), but she suggested a place down the street and told me to ask for carnations and "baby's breath".

Cool. I only have a vague idea of what one of those looks like, but now I'm armed with specific instructions.

Upon arrival at the other place, I announce my intentions. After the girl there looks at what I've picked out she says, "You don't want that... it's ugly."


After explaining the scene in the movie, she gets into it and includes some dead flowers in the mix "on the house".

Filmmaking can be fun, as long as you make friends with florists.

...and everyone else for that matter.

Moral of the story: Be kind to others. You never know when you may need an ugly bunch of flowers.

~Luke Holzmann
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