The Object of Our Pity…and Scorn

It was yet another busy weekend for the Razorwalkers…I seem to say that a lot.  Editing on Friday night and then shooting on Saturday and Sunday in Biglerville, PA.

Biglerville, February 2014

Biglerville, February 2014

During the week I received an invitation to meet Darrin and go to Dan Hall’s house and do some editing.  This was a first for me and I jumped at the chance to see how it’s done.  We ended up working on a scene that was shot the previous weekend that I hadn’t been able to attend.  It was a scene shot at the N.E.W. A-Ville Inn in Arendtsville, PA.  We arrived around seven and Dan led us down to his office and we loaded up the video and started looking through it all.  By now you know that we shoot scenes from several angles and so there was plenty of video to look at.  Editing is an interesting process.  It’s not enough to have written a quality script and then film the scenes…you have to take all of that material and put it into a form that tells the story that you’re trying to tell.

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Dan and Darrin…Editing

It takes a lot of time and thought to decide how to cut a scene together from all of that video and make it a cohesive narrative.  There is the actors’ dialog to consider, as well as cutaway shots, wide angles and closeups.  You hope that the finished scene conveys what you’re trying to say and that it’s comfortable for the audience to watch.  Fortunately, Darrin had an image in his mind of how it should look, but that evolves even as the editing is in progress.  Dan is excellent; he knows how to use the software so well that every time Darrin had an idea or a suggestion, Dan was able to quickly put it together so that the work didn’t get bogged down and the creativity was able to flow freely.  Still, working on that one scene took several hours and before we knew it, it was close to eleven and we had to go home and rest up for the next days work, which was set to begin at ten in the morning in Biglerville, PA, at the Fire Department there.  Jeff Leinbach coordinated that location and they were kind enough to let us film in their kitchen.

Scene of the Crime

Scene of the Crime

We arrived just before ten on Saturday, and the doors were already open for us.  The days scene featured Jeff, Hillary Styer, Alan Brown and Chris McDermott.  Alan and Chris were filming their first scenes in the movie and they play Kob’s ghostly, evil henchmen.  Hillary plays Lila, Jenny’s nanny, who were both murdered on the same evening, 20 years earlier.  Actually, I believe this was Hillary’s first day also.  At this point, it’s hard to remember what we’ve already shot and who has been on camera…it’s mostly a blur.

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Eric, the sandwich, Alan, Kat, Chris and Darrin

We set up our equipment and started laying out the days shoot.  We have a new member of the crew; Eric Acosta, who is a videographer.  He started with us on the previous weekend and since I wasn’t there, I met Eric for the first time at this shoot.  He’s very nice and has a lot experience, which is great.  I look forward to working with him and learning more about filming.  We now have two Nikon cameras to film with, so Eric used one camera and Darrin and I took turns filming with the other.  This is really nice since it allows us to get twice the footage in the same amount of time.  It also allows us to film two actors at once, capturing their individual performances in one take, instead of having to reset and readjust our lighting to film them separately.

We were either running through the scene, or Jeff was actually hungry...

We were either running through the scene, or Jeff was actually hungry…

After everything was set up and the actors were in their wardrobes and makeup, this time handled by Kat, we were ready to start filming.  I won’t get into the actual details of the scenes, but I will say that what makes these scenes interesting is that while Jeff’s character was going about his business in the kitchen, the ghosts would appear, acting their nightly ritual in the background.  Thus, the trick was to shoot Jeff and then reset with the ghosts suddenly being there.

Did she ever reach that knife?  See the movie to find out!

Did she ever reach that knife? See the movie to find out!

Having seen the editing process the night before, it made me think about how these scenes would be edited later to give the proper effect.  It also gave me new insights into how to actually shoot a scene, knowing what we’d need when time comes to cut it together.  The more you know…  And now Darrin and I can talk about these things while we’re shooting.  It’s a very satisfying experience.  Some of you will be happy to know that the Cheese Curls have found their way into this scene too!

A Boy and His Cheese Curls

A Boy and His Cheese Curls

After several hours of shooting, we left most of our equipment set up for the next day since we’d be right back at this location again, and made the drive back home to get ready for day number two at the Fire Hall.

Kat, turning Darrin into Desalvo

Kat, turning Darrin into Desalvo

It felt a bit like deja vu the next morning when we found ourselves there again.  It was nice that the equipment was already setup and we were able to save some time.  Day two featured the same cast, minus Jeff, and with the addition of Diana Abrecht (Reese) and this time, Darrin (Desalvo) would be in the scenes.  Even though Jeff had finished his scenes the day before, he still showed up to help out as part of the crew, and he even supplied some props for both days.  It’s great having him on set because he’s a big help and he’s very entertaining, though if you tell him that, he gets a bit self conscious!  Regardless, he was still as entertaining as ever, and provided some off camera support by catching Desalvos dropped weapon.

Calm Before the Storm

Calm Before the Storm

Diana and Hillary had a nice scene together.  It was great to watch them work – they’re both very good and they care so much about giving a real performance.  Once again, these scenes featured Darrin and Diana’s characters entering the kitchen and being surprised by the sudden appearance of our ghosts.  This time was different though, since Desalvo and Reese had entered the “Doorway” and were now capable of interacting with the ghosts.  When I say interacting, what I really mean is being attacked by them.  Desalvos interaction was a bit more extreme, and ended with him flying over a table.  No special effects there.  I imagine Darrin felt that this morning!  That was also the end of our poor sandwich, which had endured two days of filming and had become the object of our pity, and for some, our scorn.

The Aftermath

The Aftermath

So after a long two days, and after Darrin had been bloodied and battered, our weekend shooting had not quite come to an end.  After breaking down and packing up our gear, Darrin, Kat, Jeff and I went back the the A-Ville to shoot a few pickup shots for the scene we had filmed there.  And with that finished, we wrapped.  The schedule appears to be coming along nicely right now and I see that I will be back in my Kob gear in a couple of weeks.  It’s always nice to get back in front of the camera after spending so much time behind it, but the behind the scenes work never really ends.  Soon you’ll see some of our old friends once again, and they will be joined by at least one new face that you haven’t met yet.  But I don’t want to get ahead of myself…  In the mean time, I’m looking forward to more editing and possibly shooting some scenes outdoors, which will also be new for me.  As always, you’ll see it all here…

The Living and the Dead

The Living and the Dead

Thanks as always to Kat for managing to take pictures for me in the middle of everything else she does!

Thanks also to Dan for his kindness and hospitality in allowing me to come over and see where the magic happens.

Check out Eric Acosta at  http://www.innovisionarydesign.com and https://www.facebook.com/innovisionaryproductions

Visit the N.E.W. A-Ville Inn!  http://www.newavilleinn.com

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Magic in Progress

Jeff...bristling

Jeff…bristling

Archer

Archer

I smell an endorsement coming...

I smell an endorsement coming…

Darrin and Eric discuss "The Plan"

Darrin and Eric discuss “The Plan”

Just checking

Just checking

Hands on Direction

Hands on Direction

Hillary, Darrin, the sandwich, Chris and Alan

Hillary, Darrin, the sandwich, Chris and Alan

That knife is very real...and very sharp

That knife is very real…and very sharp

On breaks, we took turns touching the sandwich

On breaks, we took turns touching the sandwich

Strategic Planning

Strategic Planning

Jeff literally does everything

Jeff literally does everything

Capturing the Madness

Capturing the Madness

This would make a cool poster

This would make a cool poster

Our Audience...Silent Witnesses

Our Audience…Silent Witnesses

All you really need...

All you really need…

Our Location

Our Location

Sometimes when its quiet, I can almost hear it calling my name

Sometimes when its quiet, I can almost hear it calling my name

Mr. Jeff Leinbach

Mr. Jeff Leinbach

Jeff waits for his turn in makeup, even though he's not in these scenes...

Jeff waits for his turn in makeup, even though he’s not in these scenes…

A Boy and His Rug

A Boy and His Rug

Jeff was chosen for his hands

Jeff was chosen for his hands

Reunion

Reunion

Lila and Kat

Lila and Kat

Its all a matter of perspective

Its all a matter of perspective

This is perfectly normal

This is perfectly normal

Standby to launch in 10...9...8...

Standby to launch in 10…9…8…

The Hammer and the Nail

The Hammer and the Nail

That looks just like my tooth...

That looks just like my tooth…

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The Business of Independent Filmmaking

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The great thing about independent films is that they are not funded by studios or corporations, so that the vision of the filmmaker remains pure and intact; protected from outside influence.  This means that in most cases, the entire cost of production is funded by the filmmaker.  Even the lowest budget production has costs associated with it, and the higher the desired production value, the higher the cost.  This is the case with Razorwalkers.

It’s true, and I often observe that without donations from generous individuals and businesses, films like Razorwalkers can’t happen.  What I would also like to point out is that every member of the cast and crew, and every person who is donating equipment or props, or allowing us the use of their locations is doing so for no pay.  Every dollar that is donated to the making of this film will be spent on the production; that money will never be used to pay any individual.  So to be clear, no one is going to make money from this film, unless it goes on to have some level of success at the box office.  I know that people often wonder about this when presented with an opportunity to donate to the making of this, or any independent film.  In fact, any proceeds that are received from the local premier of this film will be used to cover post production business expenses and the rest will be donated to charity.  This was decided at the very conception of Razorwalkers.

Since opening up the film to outside donations, we have received some funds from generous donors, and from the beginning, we’ve received support in the form of filming locations from businesses and individuals, like Jason Kestler (Kestler Financial Group offices as a location), Daniel Hall (Special Effects – Dream IT Studios), James and Iretha McCullough (for sound recording/engineering and original song from James’ Round Rock Studios and for the use of their home as a location), John and Helen Smith (for the use of their home as a location) and most recently, Judy and Kenny Caudill at the Baladerry Inn.  We’ve also established an excellent relationship with a local modeling agency – Maia – who provide us with extras for the film at no charge.  Inked Up Art Tattoo Gallery donated their time and talents to create the tattoos that will be seen in the film.  Beadifulbaby has provided some key pieces of jewelry to be used by certain characters in the film also.  We want the film to use as much local talent as possible, including a soundtrack that features music from local bands.  Everyone who has (and will) contribute to the making of Razorwalkers will appear in the final credits of the film.

Even with all of the support that we’ve received to this point, we still need more help to make Razorwalkers into the film that we envision to be.  Some examples of things that we need assistance with include providing refreshments for the cast and crew on all day shoots and the purchase or creation of special props.  If any of you would like to make a contribution to this film through a financial donation or through your own skills and talents, it will be very much appreciated.  Not only will you be supporting local artists and contributing to a really cool project, you will also receive our thanks in the form of film related gifts, and there’s also an opportunity for you to appear in the film.  Check out the Infinity 9 Films Donation page for more details –

http://www.infinity9films.com/donate

Or e-mail us at:

infinity9films@yahoo.com

No one likes to ask for money, but we want Razorwalkers to be GREAT, and we can do so much more with your help than we can on our own.  So again, thank you so much for the assistance that we’ve already received and to those of you who will choose to help us bring this story to the screen.

Razorwalkers!

Razorwalkers!

Fitful Dreams…

Sunday, January 19, 2014.  The Razorwalkers spent a fun day at the beautiful Baladerry Inn in Gettysburg, PA.  The owners of the Inn, Judy & Kenny Caudill, very generously opened their doors to us and allowed us to film some scenes inside there.  This is another example of the support and generosity that we’ve received from local business owners and private donors who continue to make this film a possibility.  I will talk more about this is my next post, but I want to extend a most heartfelt thank you to the Caudill’s for helping us out.  I also want to thank Hillary Styer and Gus Zucco for inviting the cast and crew to their home for a wonderful meal.  I was unable to attend, but by all accounts it was a fantastic meal and very much appreciated by all!

Desalvo and Mallevet

Desalvo and Mallevet

We arrived at just after 1 pm and unloaded the gear and started to set up.  David Hurlbert and Jeff Leinbach were there to lend a hand and were great all day, helping out wherever they could, and Jeff also had some filming to do.  Andrea Robison also came by to handle all of the makeup duties and did an excellent job as always.  The rest of the cast and crew for the day were Diana Abrecht, Brooke and Kimberly Silvius, Tim Sowell, Darrin and Kat Archer and myself.

Preparations

Preparations

We set up in the upstairs bedrooms for our first scene, featuring Tim and Darrin (Mallevet and Desalvo).  Once the lights were set and the camera and sound were ready to go, Tim and Darrin went downstairs to get their makeup applied.  Once Tim had finished, he and I went up to the bedroom to run through his lines.  This is always helpful and Tim always does a great job of making the dialog his own and ensuring that it flows well and sounds natural.  After a few run throughs, I went down to check on Darrin and on my way back upstairs, I could hear Tim still running his lines.  I opened the door and found him standing on his head.  He told me it gives him a buzz and I took a couple of photographs.  Whatever works!  He usually just does pushups…  It was also decided, with the full support of the group, that Tim would film his scenes topless.  I have to hand it to him for doing whatever it takes to bring new life to his character and make these scenes memorable.  Thanks for taking one for the team, Tim!

Tim...buzzing

Tim…buzzing

Once Darrin was finished, complete with his scar, he and Kat came upstairs and we started filming.  Kat handled the audio and Darrin and I did the filming, getting our usual multiple perspective shots.  Things moved quickly as Darrin and Tim work so well together.  Soon, we had wrapped that scene and moved everything downstairs.

Getting ready for the dream scene

Getting ready for the dream scene

The next scene featured Diana asleep in her bed.  I don’t want to give much of the plot away, but she was soon visited an unwelcome guest. I seem to always be unwelcome in my scenes, but such is the life (life?) of Kob.  This was a fun scene to shoot, and probably a little strange too.  Strange for everyone.  After getting the standard shots, Darrin got a bit creative and I think he ended up getting some creepy footage.  It will be all the more creepy once Dan gets his hands on it and makes it look…different.  But the behind the scenes shots were creepy in their own right.   You’ll have to be the judge of that…  Like the previous scene, this one went very quickly also.  Diana is such a pro, and she can scream like a banshee!  Trust me…

Kob and Reese

Kob and Reese

Next up was a creepy scene with Diana and Brooke.  Again, I won’t give anything away here, but Brooke is making an art form out of running and hiding in corners…and smiling…and photobombing people.  This wasn’t a long scene, and was finished as quickly as all of the other scenes this day.  We seem to be getting the hang of this.  But it also helps having people like David and Jeff there to move equipment and set lights and record audio.  Raoul Anderson also visited the set to lend his support.  It’s always great to see Raoul and he really seems to love being around whenever we’re working, whether he’s filming or not.  I hope he shows up the bar scene.  I think I’d like to buy him a drink…

That poor girl

That poor girl

We kept our set up in Diana’s bedroom and started to prepare for the next shot, which was going to be a slight change to the script.  We got ready to film, and even enlisted Brooke to shoot some of the film, but during the run through it didn’t feel exactly right and after several attempts to rectify that, we decided to film it as it is in the script.  This happens…sometimes things don’t exactly flow the way the way they should and Darrin has to make the call to shift gears and shoot things differently, or in this case, as intended.

Talking through it

Talking through it

We did decide to film a scene with Jeff, who had been in costume and makeup all day, with his bag of Cheese Curls (Value Size!).  This was another short one but was very funny!  I think it took longer to stop laughing between takes than it did to actually film it.  He’s another guy who has proven to be willing to do anything…and does.  I wonder if my blue suit would fit him??  Something to think about.

Keep your hands where can see them!

Keep your hands where we can see them!

The final scene of the day…night now…was a scene of Desalvo in his room.  This was a continuation of the earlier scene that Darrin and Tim did.  Tim ran the audio for this one and I filmed as Darrin walked through the scene alone, before running out of the frame, gun in hand.  It’s difficult to film a scene, holding the camera in your hands and following the actor as he moves around a room.  It’s not easy to move smoothly and keep everything in the frame and I hope it turned out well enough to use.  We shot some different angles here too.  I enjoy filming and hope to continue doing it when I can so that I can get better at it.  Like anything, practice makes perfect…or at least better!  Anyway, I’m so grateful to Darrin for letting me do the various things that he trusts me with, and I want it to be good, because I want Razorwalkers to be great – for all of us, including you!

Final Shot

Final Shot

Next week we’ll be shooting again so stay tuned for more.  Jeff has also scored some new locations for us, so I feel like the weeks ahead will continue to be productive.  Thanks again to everyone that shows up to support Razorwalkers and to everyone that pays attention to what we’re doing.  Until next time…

  Visit the Baladerry Inn!  http://baladerryinn.com

Tim Sowell

Tim Sowell

Weapon Check

Weapon Check

Tim never did like that pillow

Tim never did like that pillow

Tim getting a feel for the room

Tim getting a feel for the room

He really loves that gun

He really loves that gun

Darrin, getting ready for makeup

Darrin, getting ready for makeup

The Scar

The Scar

Scarface

Scarface

David, Jeff, David and Kimberly

David, Jeff, David and Kimberly

The things you see on a Razorwalkers set...

The things you see on a Razorwalkers set…

First Scene

First Scene

Ladies...

Ladies…

The Rosary

The Rosary

Mallevet

Mallevet

Guns and Rosaries

Guns and Rosaries

That's a wrap!

That’s a wrap!

Nervous Laughter?

Nervous Laughter?

What is he showing her?  What am I doing??

What is he showing her? What am I doing??

Preparing to crawl

Preparing to crawl

Creep

Creep

Darrin, getting creative

Darrin, getting creative

Behind the scenes

Behind the scenes

And...Action!

And…Action!

It's getting closer!

It’s getting closer!

Just saying hello

Just saying hello

This was Darrin's idea

This was Darrin’s idea

The approach

The approach

Who is more uncomfortable here?

Who is more uncomfortable here?

This is how memories are made.  And nightmares.

This is how memories are made. And nightmares.

Trying not to get TOO close

Trying not to get TOO close

Audio Robe

Audio Robe

Brooke...in a corner

Brooke…in a corner

The new camera girl!

The new camera girl!

I think those might be Darrin's Cheese Curls

I think those might be Darrin’s Cheese Curls

Jeff, myself and Raoul (Nice hat!)

Jeff, myself and Raoul
(Nice hat!)

Closeup

Closeup

Weird Alien Fingers

Weird Alien Fingers

Veronica and the Ghost Stalkers

“Oh…Veronica…”

Kelton.  Pre-shoot.

Kelton. Pre-shoot.

Our busy month of shooting continued last night as we arrived at our primary location to film two more scenes for Razorwalkers.  This location is in Williamsport, Maryland and is where we shoot all of our green screen footage.  The house is owned by Kat’s parents, John and Helen Smith and I want to take a moment to thank them for allowing us to have this kind of unlimited access to their home – I should have said this much sooner!  But it’s generous people like this that give so much to this project that make Razorwalkers a possibility.  So Mr. and Mrs Smith, on behalf of the entire cast and crew, thank you so much!!

I believe they are watching brooke get dragged across the floor...and enjoying it

I believe they are watching Brooke get dragged across the floor…and enjoying it

Last night was, I believe, the only time I’ve been in that house where we didn’t shoot on the green screen.  The two scenes we shot were very different, and neither appears in the script.  Darrin wrote the first scene after the main script was finished, and the second scene was entirely unscripted.

Behind every great Director...is some dude with a camera

Behind every great Director…is some dude with a camera

The first scene is called “Veronica”  and features Andrea Robison and Kelton “KK” Miller.  In addition to acting in the scene, Andrea also did the makeup for herself and Kelton.  Lots of multitasking going on at all times.  While Kat, Darrin and I were setting up, we were joined by Raoul Anderson, who came to lend a hand to the proceedings.  More and more we’re having actors come to different shoots to help out in any way they can.  We were also joined later by Jeff Leinbach who is quickly becoming a regular crew member, as well as a location scout.  Like I said, multitasking…

I must admit, all of this selflessness is enough to warm the cockles…whatever those are.

Veronica has some painful news for Kyle

Veronica has some painful news for Kyle

The actual filming of the scene went very smoothly.  Kelton and Andrea did a great job and as usual, Darrin filmed the scene from several different angles.  After that, we filmed some pickups of Kelton coming into the house, and then some of Andrea helping him leave, since this scene required Kelton to be in the wheelchair.  He’s getting quite good at maneuvering in that chair, and Darrin even rewarded him with a seat cushion last night!

Andrea and Kelton roll through the scene...

Andrea and Kelton roll through the scene…

Ghost Stalkers!

Ghost Stalkers!!

Ghost Stalkers!!

As we were finishing up the “Veronica” shots, the cast of the television show Ghost Stalkers began to arrive.  This is actually a show that is going to appear on TV in a certain scene within the film…a scene within a scene.  This is getting rather deep, isn’t it?  But, Mallevet loves the show, so…we had to film it!

Kelly, "KK" and Veronica

Kelly, “KK” and Veronica

In addition to Andrea and Kelton, the Ghost Stalkers are Hannah Schuurman (Kelly), Ronnie Roulhac and Shawn Ash as themselves, and an actress named Brooke who seemed vaguely familiar.  Thanks to the parents of these young actors and actresses who get them to these shoots, as well as helping them prepare for their scenes, even when that preparation involves the throwing of insects!  (We’re looking at you, Kimberly!) Filming an episode of an unscripted TV show is fun, but it’s also a lot of work.  There was so much to do to get everything prepared to shoot; gear needed to be staged, the actors needed to be briefed on the movements and dialog of every scene, we needed to come up with a strategy for shooting, lighting and recording every scene, etc… not to mention running through it before we actually started shooting.  Thankfully, Jeff was able to make it just in time to help, from another job he was on earlier that day.  He walked in and got involved straight away.  For all of the Ghost Stalker scenes, Jeff, Kat and I worked as the crew, handling lights and audio and anything else that needed to be done.  Jeff and Kat are so much fun to hang out with between scenes because they’re both very funny, and Jeff knows every line from every movie.  Ever.

Motley Crew?

Motley Crew?

The first shot was outdoors, and it just happened to be a cold and drizzly night!  I’m sure it’s going to look very cool and atmospheric, but it became a little miserable by the end.  I should mention again that the dialog for all of these scenes was improvised just before we shot.  Darrin would tell Kelton and Hannah the essence of what they should say and then they just ran with it.  Pretty impressive, really.  I think it came out pretty well.  I hope no one got sick from shooting out there…!  Kat took a picture of Jeff that pretty much sums it all up…

Jeff...going above and beyond

Jeff…going above and beyond

Once we came back inside to prepare for the actual ghost investigation scenes, Darrin got out his ghost hunter kit and started gearing up the team.  In case you just skimmed over that part, I’ll repeat the fact that Darrin has a ghost hunting kit.  With real gear.  So, when Brooke was outfitted with some kind of bionic ear device, she could actually eavesdrop on conversations in other rooms.  Of course, that isn’t polite and I’m sure she didn’t actually do it, but she could have!

I’m not sure why we haven’t gone ghost hunting yet…but I think we should.

Brooke, Ronnie and Shawn...stalking

Brooke, Ronnie and Shawn…stalking

Eventually we got everyone properly geared up and went upstairs to begin filming the investigation.  As before, Kelton and Hannah were much of the focus of the action, but Andrea’s reaction shots were absolutely priceless and tied it all together.  I’ve never seen anyone look so convincingly annoyed on cue…especially someone who smiles as much as Andrea.  Despite the fact that we actually had a haunted light fixture that began to strobe on its own, we got through it all in pretty good time before heading down to the basement to finish the investigation.

Darrin preps the team

Darrin preps the team

I hope everyone had fun, because they all did a really good job.  I know Darrin had fun filming it too.  Something tells me we haven’t seen the last of these meddling kids…  The investigation culminated in some real excitement with a big hit on the EMF Meter just before Kelton (or I should probably say, Kyle), noticed a strange light coming from behind a door in a corner of the dark basement. He and the team approached silently, with barely contained excitement and slowly pushed open the door…

Shooting the Ghost Stalkers Promo Scene

Shooting the Ghost Stalkers Promo Scene

Good times.  In other news, I visited the Maia Modeling Agency today with The Archers and met some new cast members/extras.  That was a lot of fun.  My good friend Katrina was also there and walks better with a book on her head than anyone I’ve ever seen.  Also, the Razorwalkers movie poster has been completed and is causing quite a stir on Facebook as we speak.  Great job Dan!  Here it is, so you can see how awesome it looks…

Razorwalkers!

Razorwalkers!

Next weekend we continue shooting and I will continue talking about it.  I feel like we’re hitting our stride and it’s pretty exciting.  What really excites me is that for our next shoot, I will once again don my Kob attire… See you then!

Just your typical Friday night

Just your typical Friday night

"Those Meddling Kids"

“Those Meddling Kids”

Setting up the shot for the outdoor scene...lighting test

Setting up the shot for the outdoor scene…lighting test

Looks like Darrin needs to move her hair again...

Looks like Darrin needs to move her hair again…

Mr. Anderson and myself

Mr. Anderson and myself

Brooke, Raoul and me.

Brooke, Raoul and me.

Who among us never got one of these??

Who among us never got one of these??

Blue Suits, Blue Nuns and Brandy

It’s an EMF Meter…

It was another busy weekend for the Razorwalkers.  As I mentioned last time, Kelton Miller has taken over the role of Kyle Samuels, so Friday night we needed to reshoot some scenes that were shot with the previous actor.

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So once again, we converged on the location where we shoot green screen footage and set everything up for Kelton’s first experience inside Project Doorway.  Tim Sowell was filming these scenes with Kelton.  I’m not sure how many times Tim has filmed these scenes, but by now he can probably recite his lines in his sleep.

Living in a green world

Living in a green world

Things went so smoothly that we shot all of the scenes we needed, plus all of the various pickup shots that Darrin had done in the past. Thinking about it now, this is quite surprising. Two scenes were filmed in their entirety from at least three different perspectives, plus pickups, and some additional footage that we hadn’t had time to shoot in the past.  I think we’re all getting better at this stuff, and Kelton and Tim were great together.

Before we started to film, Darrin asked me to provide a height reference for Tim

Before we started to film, Darrin asked me to provide a height reference for Tim

In the past, I would stand in the back of the room and provide a reference for the actors to focus their eyes on since they were supposed to be looking at me anyway.  I did the same this time for the straight on takes, but when Darrin was filming the scene from a different angle to focus on each actor individually, I couldn’t provide the same reference myself so we used a small piece of duct tape as a reference point.  Apparently, this worked so well that Tim actually preferred the tape to me, so even when I could provide the reference, we continued to use the tape.  Sigh…  Hey, I wonder if he was mad about that little height reference joke?

My stand in.  Tim prefers this to looking at me, so...

My stand in. Tim prefers this to looking at me, so…

Overall, the shoot was great and before we knew it, we were heading home to rest up for the next morning, when we were scheduled to shoot two scenes back at last week’s “sitting room” location.  Thanks to Jeff Leinbach for attending Friday’s shoot to lend a hand as part of the crew.  My old friend Katrina was there too, and we also got to meet Gabriel, another member of the Archer family.  Fun times!  

Setting up the opening scene

Setting up the opening scene

I’m Coming Jenny…

1  EXT. SECLUDED MANSION - NIGHT 1

At 10:30 the next morning  I arrived on set to appear in one scene and then to work as crew for another.  The first scene of the day was the actual opening scene of the film, featuring Raoul Anderson, Brooke Silvius and myself. I actually won’t be seen though, because in my blue suit I will be made invisible.  (Thanks Dan!) Yes, I was in the blue suit again…I don’t love it, but Darrin seems to enjoy making me wear it.  My part of the scene was filmed with Brooke, who was appearing in her very first Razorwalkers scene.  It was pretty exciting and she really did well.  Acting seems easy from afar, but when you find yourself in front of a camera and you’re seconds away from someone saying “Action!”, it’s pretty nerve wracking.  She ran up and down the stairs and around the house to make herself breathless and frantic.  It was very cool.  I prepared for my part by standing there in my blue suit, not enjoying myself.  

When the time came, Darrin said “Action” and brooke did her part, running and trying to hide, and then I came along and pulled her up by her hair, shook her and threw her down again.  She tried to crawl away, but escaping just wasn’t in the cards for her…poor girl!  This scene is going to look so cool on screen.
The proper placement of the Brandy is critical

The proper placement of the Brandy is critical

After Brooke and I finished, I was able to shed my blue skin and help Darrin shoot Raoul’s portion of the same scene.  This was short and quite simple to shoot, but Raoul’s delivery was excellent and once again, I think this opening scene is going to look fantastic.  It was a very good start to the day.

The Dining Room Set

The Dining Room Set

…ask her to make it out to her biggest fan…Roberto…OK?

14   INT. DINING ROOM - SECLUDED MANSION - NIGHT   14

The second scene of the day was the dining room scene that we’d planned to shoot last weekend and didn’t have time to complete.  Darrin and I prepared the set, while Kat cooked and set up the meal.  Andrea Robison, who will also act in the film, took over make-up duties (thanks Andrea – great job!) and since Darrin was going to be acting in this scene, James McCullough and I would be doing the actual filming.  But while we were setting up for the dining room scene scene, James went to his music studio with Brooke to record some of her dialog.  There was a LOT going on!

Andrea making up Darrin...and he's smiling!

Andrea making up Darrin…and he’s smiling!

In the middle of the typical chaos of everyone getting ready to shoot a scene, there was a knock at the door, and there stood a pizza delivery guy.  His name was Michael, (and still is as far as I know) and he was a very cool guy.  He was kind enough to let us take his photo and mention him here in this blog…and for that, he has a funny story to tell.  When he walked in he said he had no idea that something like this was going on.  We reassured him that we were shooting a legitimate film!  I’m just glad I wasn’t still wearing the blue suit.
Michael...with pizza!

Michael…with pizza!

Once everything was settled, we actually got down to shooting the scene.  As usual, filming wide shots and individual closeups required the actors to run through the entire scene many times.  Diana, Darrin, Tim, Kelton and Jeff all did a great job and the shoot went very smoothly, despite the glasses being filled with real wine and brandy!  Darrin even shot some additional footage of David Hurlbert after we finished.
Jeff Leinbach IS Goodman...

Jeff Leinbach IS Goodman…

As always, thanks Kat for taking photos to help me with this blog…everyone who enjoys seeing these photos should know that Kat often takes many of them while she’s doing any number of other things on set.  Thanks also to James for once again allowing us to descend on his home and film for several hours…and for helping us do it!!
Well, there is at least one shoot this coming weekend, so things are moving along steadily right now.  Talking to Raoul and some of the other actors, I think the general feeling is that everyone is happy to see things going forward and we’re all anxious for more.  This is a great sign!  Here are some additional moments from the weekend…
Darrin gives Kelton a tether

Darrin gives Kelton a tether

Getting ready to enter the Doorway

Getting ready to enter Doorway

Your closeup, Mr. Sowell...

Your closeup, Mr. Sowell…

Walkie...check!

Walkie…check!

In Reverse

In Reverse

Katrina has her own ideas for this scene...

Katrina has her own ideas for this scene…

I wonder if anyone bothered Kubrick as much as I bother Archer...

I wonder if anyone bothered Kubrick as much as I bother Archer…

Almost ready...

Almost ready…

Is anyone else wondering why Darrin was in makeup for so long?

Is anyone else wondering why Darrin was in makeup for so long?

Kelton

Kelton

Little known fact: No one is allowed to make eye contact with Tim

Little known fact:
No one is allowed to make eye contact with Tim

Some of my best friends are dogs...

Some of my best friends are dogs…
This one is for you, Bailey