Twitter had a melt down on Monday night and many of you missed this tweet from Francis Lawrence:
In the big top about to shoot the spec!
What is the spec? Glad you asked If you aren’t a book reader, you might not know what Mr. Lawrence was talking about. I didn’t know what ‘the spec’ was before I read ‘Water For Elephants‘ and I really didn’t know how significant ‘the spec’ was before I started doing research for the blog.
‘The spec’ is short for the ‘Grand Spectacle’. It is defined as:
The grand entry presented at the beginning of or during a circus performance. It is the most glamorous, eye-filling and impressive feature of the program.
‘The spec’ is the name for any pageant or spectacle presented in connection with a circus performance and they commonly have a thematic, often narrative element.
You’re introduced to ‘the spec’ at the start of ‘Water For Elephants‘. Doesn’t it make you giddy thinking about how amazing this will look onscreen? The “most glamorous, eye-filling, and impressive” aspect of the “most spectacular show on earth”?! GAH! Stars! They’re in my eyes! Francis Lawrence is going to dazzle us