I spent most of the day yesterday at Children’s Medical Center, getting my foot x-rayed and put into a “boot”. It was opening night for Charivari — the Lone Star Circus’s annual holiday show, but for the first time in 5 years, I wasn’t performing.
The doctor did say that I could take the boot off for the last few scenes of the movie Ghede Origins. That made me happy. I would have hated it if I wasn’t in the last scene where my character and his sisters are trying to escape from the zombie horde! And, boy, were there hordes of zombies on set last night. At least 50 of them — Javier Fierros, the production assistant (PA) who was keeping track of them told me there were 55 “regular” zombies on set plus some “normals” in the process of becoming zombies.
This was a great experience. Everyone was super nice, super professional. I got to learn how to walk like a zombie from Ben Loggins, the stunt coordinator on The Walking Dead. I got to work with a great director (Vincent Moctezuma), some amazing camera people and crew members (Raymond Cantrell, Oksana Cobb, Adam Dietrich, Noemi Gonzalez, Ian Sharar,Hobie Thompson, and so many more!), and an amazing cast.
- Cassie Shea Watson played Brittany, my on-screen mom
- Adam Dietrich played Sarge, a mercenary who helps to save my family
- Ashla Soter played Juliet, my on-screen oldest sister
- Taylor Ernzen played Christine, my on-screen sister
- Jenin Gonzalez played several parts and did a ton of amazing Parkour stunts
- My friends Dakota and Corey Buchanan were zombies in the movie
There were so many amazing people on set, from the PAs (Karis Ford and Javier Fierros) to the amazing make-up artists (Kela Farmer), to all the people who came out to become zombies. I know I forgot some important people, so please forgive me. Just because I didn’t list everybody doesn’t mean I didn’t learn a lot from you — or that I didn’t enjoy working with you.
There wasn’t anyone on this film I wouldn’t jump at the chance to work with again — anytime, on any project. I hope we all get the chance to work together again soon!
I wasn’t feeling very good last night when we filmed the last few scenes, so in between takes I just sat and rested my sore ankle. But I still had fun. I’m excited that the film goes into post-production now to be edited, and I can’t wait to see it. But I am going to miss all the people I met on this set. So much fun!
Here are some of the photos from last night — all of them are from the film’s Facebook page, because my grandma didn’t bring her camera last night.