This weekend I went up to a studio in Glendale to shoot a quick bit for my character in Elizabeth and James’s project. It was in one of those huge white cycs. It was set up sort of like an interview, plus some sassy poses with a giant fan on. It was pretty funny. As far as I know I’m all done on that project now.
Last night we got together to do a Q&A with the audience in Toronto via Skype! It was awesome. They had us on the big screen for them. There was a slight reverb on the mic sometimes, but we could hear most of what he said with an occasional repeat. The audience didn’t have a mic, so they didn’t get the reverb effect from the speakers and were easier to understand it turned out. We never had feedback from our voices, which was good. (When I use skype at work my coworkers often get bad feedback and reverb.) It was great to get to sort of be there even though we couldn’t actually go. I think the laptop was in the projection booth because we could only see a dark floor and wall. I’m assuming they needed to hook it up there. But they sent us pictures!
Our huge faces:
Goofily ass-kissing our kindly sponsor. Also drinking:
The Royal Theater:
Here’s us on our end!
Delivery is playing at the Little Rock Horror Show in March and I get to go! I’ve never been to Arkansas. Should be cool to visit. March 20-23. I head down Friday and leave Sunday so I’ll probably have time to see the city a little.
This weekend I shot a funny video with Peter and Cindy and Co. for Grumpy Panda, their production company. They did Meter Maids. The shoot was very fun. The other ladies involved were so funny. It was hard to keep a straight face.
I think they are pretty fast at turnaround, so I should have a link to post soon.
Until then, enjoy this episode of Meter Maids I’m in.
I flew up to San Francisco to go to some of the screenings of Delivery at San Francisco Indie Fest. We had drinks at Giordano Bros, a Philly-centric bar. Then dinner was tapas next door at Picaro and it was delicious! The screening was at the Roxie theater in the Mission district. It’s one of those classic theaters that’s been around since 1909! We were in the big theater that night and it was over half full. Not bad for a cold rainy night. We had a good Q&A. I was pretty tired, so we just went home afterward.
Sunday I went and saw some other films. A Field in England was super weird, but entertaining. I think I understood most of what was happening. I think. Then later I caught Congratulations! which is super funny and absurd.
The rest of the guys had left on Sunday, but I stayed with some friends for the extra days, so on Monday I was the only one at the screening for the Q&A. When I went in the lobby, I realized I’d lost my festival pass. I was like, “Um, I’m in the movie and lost my pass…” They were cool. (I never found it, but Adam gave me an extra he had so I could keep one.) We were in the smaller theater, and the projector was a little dim. Hopefully people were able to catch the subtle stuff in there anyway. I did a Q&A after the screening by myself, but I think I did a good job answering stuff. Someone actually asked if we shot in low light or if they artificially darkened it. I was still thinking about the dimness and mentioned that the projection was a bit dark. He clarified and I answered about the natural lighting. I felt bad bringing it up because the theater is so nice to have us there, but I also kind of wanted to let people know that it’s not actually that dark. Most of the audience stuck around for the questions that night, which was cool.
We had another screening in Oakland tonight, but we couldn’t be there. Hope they had a good time tonight!
We are screening up in San Francisco for the SF Indie Film Festival. It’s so close and I have some friends up there, so I figured, why not go? So I am. I’ll be taking a couple days off and hitting the first 2 screenings. I rarely have time to really take advantage of these events, so I plan to actually try and see a bunch of movies there. Also SF is great so I’ll just hang out with friends and wander the city for a few days.
Sat. Feb 8 – 9:15 – Roxy
Rue Morgue is restarting their CineMacabre events, with Delivery being the first screening! They have been on hiatus for about 2 years. This will be a the first time in a new venue as well.
So if you are in Toronto on Feb. 20th, you can catch it in the theater!
Well, it’s been a while since I checked in here. Not a while lot has been going on, so that’s mostly why. I was also super busy at my jobby job.
We also did the dvd commentary for Delivery. They are apparently in the process of putting together a new trailer and posted and then I guess they let us know the release date. Should be soon! (I know I’ve been saying that for a while, but for reals it will be coming out in a few months!)
Then I went to Paris for my jobby job for 3 weeks, which was a lot of work, but Paris is wonderful and I would definitely go back for an actual vacation. I did get 3 days off over the 3 weeks I was gone, so it wasn’t totally crazy. Plus they flew out my husband for New years and my Bday, because they are awesome. Our clients there were super nice and smart, so aside from the insane hours, it was about as good a business trip as I could ask for.
I shot some scenes for an indie project by Elizabeth (she played Jenny in Delivery) and her husband James, who produced a feature together and sold it last year. The stuff I’m in is all improvised, so we came up with a new, funny take on the character after the original actress had to drop out. In the script it’s written as a super fitness-obsessed character, and let’s just say that is certainly not me. ;) The original script is set up as a feature, but they are thinking of dividing it into webisodes. It was incredibly fun and the guy paired with me was hilarious. I’ll have another shoot this month for it.
As of right now, we don’t have any film festivals scheduled because it’s going to the American Film Market this week. I think it’s in a great position going to market.
We’ve had more great feedback this month:
“Speaking of the wife, Laurel Vail has the heavy lifting here. Not to speak ill of the rest of the cast ( not a bad apple in the bunch. All around solid acting) but Vail’s performance is the backbone of the film. During the first twenty minutes I almost forgot that she was an actress and just another reality show participate. Then shit gets paranormal and we slowly watch her unravel. Watching Rachel be tormented by these dark forces is a bittersweet pill to swallow.”
”Both actors here really shine, Laurel Vail has to be good because so much is happening to her and so much of the story rests on her performance that if her performance isn’t great the film would sink with her. Thankfully she rocks” – Ryan from Reel Nerds (Denver)
“Delivery was the best horror film of TCFF. ” – Patrick from City Pages (Minneapolis)
“It’s superior to most of its contemporaries” – Eric from The Movie Waffler (Dublin) 6 out of 10 stars
“It really worked! … Best Audience reaction of the weekend. …The subtleties make it for me.” – Weekly Geek Speak (South Yorkshire) 1 hour into podcast 7.5 out of 10 stars
“ It IS slow burning but the ending is shocking, old fashioned and well worth it.” – Richard from Fanboy Confidential (UK)
“This sole complexity lends a final depth to the film” – Christina from The Betamax Revolt (Nottingham)
“There are comparisons to Rosemary’s Baby but Delivery is no lazy re-rendering and is an almost perfectly executed film. Don’t be put off by the ‘found footage’ tag, this film is head and shoulders above its genre peers.” – Alison from Left Lion (Nottingham)
Some more recent interviews with Adam and Brian:
Reel Nerds Podcast (Telluride Horror Show)
Film Pulse (Screamfest)
Fearnet (Twin Cities Film Fest)
And here are some great tweets from people all over:
I think I woke up around 5 something in the morning. It was the time change, so I don’t know.
My head hurt really bad, which isn’t unusual. But my chest also hurt. This occasionally happens if I’m having really bad anxiety so I get tense. I tried to relax so I could fall back asleep, but then it felt like my heart was racing. I tried taking my own pulse, then realized I don’t know what a normal rate is.
So I was trying to decide if I was just imagining it being an abnormal rate and that it was just the headache compounding it, or if it was actually going really fast. I also had a bit of heartburn and remembered reading that women have that sort of thing when they have a heart attack. I was really flushed and when I went to move I got a major head rush. I sat up and Jeff was already awake.
I told him I felt.. weird. And maybe, just to be safe, I should go to the hospital. I stood up and stumbled toward the wall. Meredith was also awake. I heard a door open and was sort of disoriented so she guided me into the bathroom. Maybe I said I felt ill? Anyway, I stumble in there, manage to remove my night guard and put it in the sink before falling over and throwing up on the floor. I assumed I ate something bad since I had started feeling ill before we came back.
As I sat on the floor, my head against the cool toilet seat, I overheard Jeff and Meredith discussing that they were also feeling really odd. Headaches, really dizzy, heart just pounding out of their chests. We started going over everything we ate and drank that day and none of it lined up for all of us. Jeff had a feeling it was something in the room if it hit all of us. He opened the window, which was a tiny crack, but the room had a balcony, so we could open that wide. We also turned off the AC unit.
Jeff woke up Liz to make sure she was ok. She said her heart felt fine and assumed the headache and dizziness she felt was hangover related. And maybe it was. We can’t prove we had carbon monoxide poisoning, but we sure started feeling better after we opened the door.
My heart slowed down finally. I was still too dizzy to lie down. When I tried I just threw up again. Once I felt like I could stop hugging the toilet, I propped myself up in a corner and tried to fall asleep. Except not right away. I kept trying to wake myself up because I was still afraid. Eventually I did fall asleep against the wall. And then after while I could lie down again.
In the morning we noted that the room had no ventilation other than opening the door and that bathroom window a crack
I stayed lying down until we really had to check out. I left some cash for the cleaners because I felt so bad about throwing up on the floor. I also left a note telling them to leave the door open until it’s checked for CO.
At the front desk when we checked out, I told them what happened. He said the smoke detectors were also CO detectors. Hopefully they will test that room at least. Even if it wasn’t CO, something was in the room making us sick. And if it was CO, maybe it wasn’t high enough for the detector to sense it, but enough to make us sick.
In the morning I realized my wedding ring wasn’t on, but I was so grateful we were ok that I wasn’t super worried when we couldn’t find it. Then it turned out to be in my jeans pocket. Yay!
On our way home we had a lot of good laughs about it. It seems that Palm Springs keeps trying to kill me and Meredith. Last time we were there we both got sick after going out on the town and partying a bit much. This time I wasn’t even drunk, so Palm Springs had to up its game.
So anyway, make sure your CO detectors are working and they should be installed lower than a smoke detector because CO is a heavier gas.