I will be filming for about 4 days on this movie; the whole thing will take a lot longer, of course, but I’m not in all the scenes. Yesterday, we were on set from 3 p.m. until 2 a.m. It was a lot of fun, but I slept until nearly 11 a.m. this morning.
I can’t show you all the photos that were taken on the set, but here are a few. Can’t wait until next weekend for more with my “family”: Cassie Shea Watson, Ashla Soter, and Taylor Ernzen. The crew is great, too.
About 10 minutes after we posed for this photo during a break, my on-screen sister Juliet (Ashla Soter) was screaming, “Kill him! Shoot him now!” about Sarge (Adam Dietrich). We have fun on the set — but when it’s time to shoot, you just start acting and start shooting.
You know how on DVD’s they always have interviews with cast and crew for a “Behind the Scenes” featurette? This was my first time filming one of those. The camera was set up so that I was looking directly into the sun, and the filmmaker (Hobie Thompson) asked me all sorts of questions. Wonder if any of it will get onto the DVD?
Can you tell if this bruise/bite mark is real or not? Hint: part of it is a real scar/scratch, and most of it is make-up. The make-up team on this movie is incredible! Later on, as “time passed” in the film, they added darker shadows to it to make it look like an older bruise. My arm almost started hurting, it looked so real!
The house we were filming in is really nice inside. They covered the windows and door in front with heavy plastic sheeting so that the special effects team can work its magic.
The guns and military gear that Sarge and his team use to try and protect us is very realistic looking on film. Alan Martinez is the weapons master. He showed the actors how to handle the weapons, how to shoot and point them realistically, and how to avoid reacting to the loud noise they make. They have gas canisters inside that make a gunshot sound, but they don’t shoot anything except warm air. Bullets and “trace” are added by CGI during post production.
I’ve never done a “live” interview about a movie role before. It was kind of fun.
There are a lot of times during filming when actors are waiting for lights or cameras to be set up, or when you’re not in a scene and you’re waiting until your next scene comes up. So a book, a phone, an iPad, or an iPod is really helpful when you can’t talk, and you just have to stand around. Taylor Ernzen plays one of my two sisters in this film. She takes classes with Nancy Chartier, too, but we aren’t in the same class and I’d never met her before this film.
Doesn’t Kela Farmer look like a nice lady for somebody who spent half her afternoon making actors look as if they’d just been mauled by zombies? (Actually, she is a nice lady — and a good make-up artist, too.)
I got the wound or bite mark on my arm early in the afternoon, and later that day, I was back in the make-up chair getting dirty for a scene where me and my sister (Taylor Ernzen) has been hiding from zombies for awhile.
Note: I have permission from the production company and director to post these photos and comments about working on this film. Usually, actors aren’t allowed to post photos and comments like this, and the director has asked us not to post photos of some of the characters in this film, so I was careful about what I posted.