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Sunday, February 4th, 2007
10:27 pm
Filming Day 1
Phew. That was fucking intense. Filming Day 1 took place today. Why it's Day 1 and not just Filming Day will become explained shortly. Got up at 10 today to get everything prepped for filming. I hadn't heard back from Sarah or Megan yet, but I wasn't worry just yet. First I had to get everything else prepped. Went down to get the last couple things I needed for filming and tried an alternate means of doing the guts involving panty house and cotton balls. Upon returning, I gave Sarah a call and found out neither she nor Megan could make it. I wasn't panicking yet, since Ophelia had mentioned something about her roommate maybe being able to do it. So I called her up and told her the news. Her roommate was unavailable, so she asked Raye (who's also gonna be in the movie). She didn't have anyone. I tried getting a hold of multiple other people with no go with anyone. Along the way, the alternate guts didn't work so well, so we ran down to George's Butcher Shop to pick up a pound of sausage casings. After getting back and expecting everyone to show up at any moment, I was starting to get pretty freaked. I ran through my AIM buddylist and the day was saved by Dixie, who even though she's never met me and I hit her up with the whole thing with zero notice decided to take a chance and head on over to South St. Pete to slap some zombie makeup on.

So after everyone arrived and we chowed on some pizza, we started in on the makeup. The makeup, I must say, went extremely well. On the last few occasions when this project was trying to get done, the makeup was always pretty lame, which is one of the reasons I was planning on doing this whole thing in one continuous shot (and also cuz I thought it'd be pretty flippin' sweet). This time around, the makeup turned out fantastic. Particularly Dixie's (she was a one-eyed zombie) and Raye's (who was recently dead but had some really cool subtle effects), but to be honest, even the normal-ish zombie makeup looked great.

The main problem came up due to the fact that we had to scramble for the last person and things got off to a somewhat late start. So we didn't actually get around to doing a run through of the script until around 5 and then by the time we started to film, it was dark. We gave it a try anyway and ran through three takes of it. The takes were really good up until the point that something went wrong and the third time we made it all the way through, but the execution of the finale went totally haywire. After that, it was really too dark to try anymore. So it was agreed that we'd get back together next Saturday at 10am and kick some undead ass. Unfortunately, Dixie is gonna be out of town next weekend, so we'll have to find a replacement. Still, her footage and kickass makeup will see the light of day (on MySpace and YouTube as well as the DVD).

SO! Next Weekend! Saturday! 10AM! The Dead Shall Rise! And they shall be pummelled with wrenches... and teakettles...

PostScript: For fake guts, get sausage casings and use an air mattress pump to fill them with air and tie them off, then pour red food dye over them.

Current Mood: sore
Friday, January 26th, 2007
6:18 pm
Updates and Cast Photos

Got 90% of the costumes together.  Did a quick make-up test today that turned out very nicely.  Got a list of bars to go check out (probably tomorrow) for potential filming locations.  Things are still moving smoothly and filming should begin in the very near future.  In the meantime, here's some pics of the awesome cats helping to bring these flicks into being.


Rexy Rage as the Hero in 'Hero of the Day' and Suspiria in 'After Midnight'.


Ophelia Pain as the Girl in 'Hero of the Day' and the Wife in 'After Midnight'.


Current Mood: crazy
Thursday, January 18th, 2007
2:17 pm
The Story Thus Far...
While waiting to acquire the budget for another project ('Awake in Madness' - coming soon-ish), it seemed to be a good idea to try and get a couple smaller projects in gear. The projects had to be smaller and less expensive then 'AiM', otherwise there wouldn't really be a point. Fortunately, I had a pair of short scripts sitting around that were just begging for some attention. These scripts were/are 'Hero of the Day' and 'After Midnight' and really, are very different, although they both have on key ingredient. Zombies. Undead Ghouls. The Living Dead.

Budgeting began on both projects as if they were one single entity, since 'Hero' takes place during an afternoon of gory mayhem and 'Midnight' takes place... well, if you can't figure that one out, you don't deserve to be on this wonderful interweb. Even paired together, the budget turned out to be fairly manageable, therefor the project moved along to the next step. E-mailing the talent. So far, everyone I've talked to is interested and casting is now 95% complete, with a lone zombie role left open, to be determined in the very near future. Now that the money and talent issues were taken care of, it was time to get into the nitty-gritty leg work involved with prepping the movie.

Make-up and an abundant amount of fake blood were, of course, needed. So with my trusty assistant, we embarked on a journey to the House of Make Believe. This journey actually took two days, due to the fact that Martin Luther King Day is now a bonafide legitimate holiday (which means the banks were closed and we couldn't cash our budget check). Day one, we surveyed the make-up and struck a deal with the owner to buy four bottles of fake blood, as well as one larger bottle that some fool neglectfully lost the cap to, at half price. Day two, we returned and purchased our zombie ingredients. From there, we travelled to Second Chance Thrift, were we got one costume that we needed. We also snagged what is probably the greatest prop imaginable and will be featured in both shorts.

Enter Day Three (aka The Day Where It Was Learned That Pig Intestines, in fact, Are Illegal to Purchase). Traveling to George's Meat Market, we inquired about said intestines, and were told that it's not legal to purchase them. Makes sense from a health perspective, actually. I was just riding the notion of doing it old school Dawn of the Dead/Day of the Dead-style. All in all, though, it turned out much better. The butcher (George? Maybe...) recommended using sausage casings and filling them with marbles. He gave us a strip to experiment with and off we went to Walmart to find some marbles. For future reference, Walmart does NOT sell marbles. Why? My theory is some idiot child opened up a pack of them and swallowed a handful, so Walmart banished all marbles from their stores. So we, instead, went to Big Lots, which had marbles (one badly dented case). Along the way, we stopped back by Second Chance to get some more costumes.

Arriving home, it was time to start playing with the (not so) fake guts. The marbles, while a brilliant idea in theory, didn't work so well. We tried substituting them for grapes (more squishy, and better colored) but those, too, failed to meet expectations. As it turns out, just filling them with fake blood seems to work quite well. They looked gore-fully disgusting and should work great.

Today is going to be an easier day. By easier, I mean not as much driving around as it'll involve set cleaning and other prep work.

Things are moving along at a swift and smooth pace and I'm very pleased. At this rate, in maybe a week, we should be filming.

- Indy

Current Mood: productive
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