5 Lessons Learned About Dallas
1. The people of Dallas are awesome
We expected some funny looks, dressed as a blue ninja in the streets, but the reactions from passers-by were fantastic. People loved the film’s concept, often stopping by for a chat, and when we needed a helping hand with lighting, locations and extras, the local Texans were only too happy to get involved. Special thanks to Michelle (honorary Exec Producer), Jacob (voiceover star) Mike (soundtrack and darts champ), random guy in the blue morph suit and the great people of Dallas.
2. There are hidden flecks of gold just off the regular tourist trail
The iconic sights of Dallas like the JFK museum and Historic Fort Worth Stockyards are must-sees, that’s a given. But what about the authentic city that the locals love? The Truckyard is a dazzling outdoor venue with gourmet food trucks, a treehouse cocktail bar and seating areas made from old truck chassis. Deep Ellum is an eclectic neighbourhood slathered in street art that throbs with live rock from myriad venues. These and many more make amazing film sets, and the locals will be chuffed to show you around.
3. There’s a relentless schedule of festivals and events
In the 2 months Rat & Dragon were in Dallas, there was some kind of festivity every single weekend. The locals get right into the swing of things so don’t hold back. Texas State Fair, Gay Pride Parade, Food and Wine Festivals and ice hockey, American football and basketball are all fiercely supported. The Halloween block party sets the most important scene for our little blue Ninja…
4. There is such a thing as too much of a good thing
OK, so the saying ‘everything’s bigger in Texas’ probably comes from the food. Portion sizes are out of control. Couple that with the sensational taste of even the most basic Dallas fare and you have a recipe for belly overfill. One of our crew learned the hard way – in Dallas, sometimes you just shouldn’t try finishing everything on the plate.
5. Dallas will make you want to go back
Let yourself soak in the warmth of the people and the climate, the easy smiles and easy lifestyle. Get a taste for the hidden secrets and discover that the more you find, the more you want to explore.
Watch out for Blue Ninja in Dallas for a ninja’s-eye-view of Dallas and Fort Worth!