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Vegan Fly Trap Shoot

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Saturday we shot at a studio downtown.  We shot in one corner of the space and they dressed the whole area with crumbled up concrete and grit.  It was pretty great.  Well, not when you accidentally sit on a big chunk of concrete, but mostly it was fine.

During the whole shoot, the other girls and I are in roller skates.  When I first put them on I was so afraid I was going to fall on my ass like a million times because it’s been a few years since I roller skated. After a few minutes up on my feet though it felt fine and I was even able to use the stoppers ok.  It wasn’t much of an issue for Saturday’s shoot since we were on the floor, chained to the wall, but we would be on our feet for Sunday.

We shot a little out of order so that we could have some footage for a surveillance camera shot later.  Overall everything went super fast.  There were 2 cameras, so they got twice the coverage in the same amount of time.  Plus they had planned out all the shots they wanted in advance and we were able to just shoot the scenes in little sections.

The other two girls got wrapped early and I had a scene where I leap up at the villain.  He’s standing in the doorway and I jump up and push him back, but on one take I stepped on the door frame which was kind of like a triangle shape, which gave me an impressive foot bruise.


We finished up all the dialog stuff in that set and then we went back to do the special effects stuff.  The blood effect wasn’t cooperating and I think more blood ended up spilling off the tarp than on it, but eventually we did a take that was awesome.  I didn’t get to see it because I was holding the knife, but the folks behind the camera had a good reaction.  There was some cleanup necessary after that, but that allowed time to prep the other special effects shot.  I was semi-wrapped so I didn’t stay to watch it.  I had to get home to shower since we were probably shooting a bit later and it’s an earlier scene.  I think I left around 7:30 or so.

I didn’t check my phone until after 9 and had a message that they wanted to shoot at 9!  Oops!  I called back to let them know I was on my way.  threw on some makeup- luckily I didn’t wash my hair so it was still pretty much styled the same.  I got over to the apartment and the guys that were there had a couple beers, so I had one too.  They set up for the scene we needed to shoot.  It was all pretty laid back.  They got the lighting all set and we shot a couple angles.  At some point the director’s cat went crazy hissing and meowing really loud when I was ‘attacked’.  It was really funny, but then we just closed the inner door so he would stop freaking out.  He was quiet, but did succeed in slashing one of the crew inside and later me because I was trying to pet him.  That’s on me.   Anyway, we got the shots we needed.

Sunday we shot all the restaurant scenes at M Bar, which is a great venue to check out if you’ve never been there.  The funny thing was that it has carpet, so we had to skate a little differently.  It was smooth enough that we could skate on it.  They brought flat panels for us in case the carpet was no good, but the panels ended up being more slippery, so we left it.

That morning they brought us McD’s sandwiches AND Porto’s pastries!  It was awesome.  Actually the director brought one and the producer brought the other not knowing.  I ate both.  They added a quick shot where I take a bite out of a burger, so we used one of the sausage McMuffins.  Actually I think we used 3 or 4.  I think that was the first time I took a bite of food for a scene and then spit it out.  Not because I don’t like them, but because I already ate one plus a danish.  I could take in any more.

Most of that scene is done in one long shot, so we rehearsed it a bunch of times to get our timing worked out.  The cop has to come in and say his line and then I have to be up to the front right as he finishes, then I say my line and the two other girls show up right behind me at the same time.  So we did some takes of that and then did the coverage of the cop character.  Then there were a few exteriors and the last thing was our super stylized pose.  And that was it!  We stuck around and ate some pizza and then I went home and went to sleep because I was getting a cold.

I’m super excited to see this finished.  It’s super fun.

Still Beating – a.k.a. Dr. Bonesaw 1.5

Monday, July 18th, 2011

My buddy at Lead Balloon decided to use the footage from the Dr. Bonesaw promo and write a short film around it. So he had a writer friend write up a script and gathered a small crew. The other actor and I got there early to run lines and block stuff out while they set up. I think I was there about 8am since I live nearby.

They girlied up my friend’s bedroom and we started up there. He gave me a scar with this clear liquid stuff. It was kind of like nail polish in the way it tightens up the skin. After a while it peels at the edges and you have to reapply it. Well, it’s just as fun to peel off as dried Elmer’s glue (you know what I’m talking about!) so I just peeled it off when it needed changing instead of getting alcohol or whatever. But then the shoot ended up being until 2am, so it was peeled off a lot and the skin got a bit raw. By the end of the day it stung like hell when we put it on. Today it’s sort of like a long, thin, patchy sunburn. We joked that if they ever do a Bonesaw feature I’ll be in serious danger. The last mark they left was visible for a few months. Though, that’s more just that i am really pale and marks sticks around for a long time. He felt bad, but I totally ruined the end of his knife and jabbed a ton of holes in the kitchen counter tiles (for a scene, not just lunacy), so I call it even.

So like I said, we wrapped at 2am. It was kind of hard to keep my energy up since waking up even slightly earlier than normal puts me a little off all day. Even if I go to bed early my body just doesn’t like to get up early. There was a little section where they shot the other actor in the living room alone, and I tried to take a quick nap, but it didn’t work. When I was up again, I had some Coke (the soda not the narcotic) and it woke me up enough to power through the rest of the shots, which was the makeout scene, so it kind of required me to be more awake. Then I was still wired when I got home so I didn’t get to sleep until maybe 3am.

Even though we went pretty over in time, I think it’s going to be pretty rad. Might be the longest shoot day I’ve had, not counting those 24 hour film contests we used to do. But the nice thing is that I’m totally done with it! I might have some ADR (not nice to scream at 1am), but the only other scene doesn’t involve me. So I’m glad we finished, even though I am super tired today.

Dr. Bonesaw! Rad injury day.

Saturday, August 8th, 2009

I went over to Psychic Bunny to help out with this promo they were shooting to help get money for a low budget awesome horror flick called Dr. Bonesaw, inspired by a hilarious/sexy picture taken of Christine behind the scenes on The Echo Game a while ago.

So yeah, they want to actually make this movie. Delightful. When my friend and I showed up to help they asked if I wanted to get my head cut off and I said sure! So I played dead while they took a bone saw to my neck and squirted chocolatey blood all over. Messy, effective. We did 3 takes- the first the table shook and they weren’t getting enough splatter. I blinked when the table shook anyway. Then the second take I guess something went wrong with the tubing, but it also slooshed into my eye and I blinked. Plus it filled my ear. That’s a weird feeling. They cut that one short, which is good since chocolate syrup and corn syrup don’t belong in my ear.

Third time we got it all right and I didn’t blink. Yay! the blood started a bit early, but they can use the clip pretty early on. they won’t get the full blade coming down part is all. It lasted a little while so the actual blade, which wasn’t really a flesh cutting device, mind you, started scratching into my skin. Felt a bit like getting a tattoo. Still didn’t blink or flinch though. Yay! Best dead girl of the day. I got to see it and it’s hilariously bloody. Yay!

So now I have a bunch of welts on my shoulder/neck area, but oh well. They should heal up fine.