Thursday, June 18, 2009

Thrasharama Deadline

It's getting close. I better pull it out.

Cast - Zombies - Melinda and Melanie and others.

Melinda and Melanie? - They kind of play the same person. I couldn't get Melinda back so I asked Melanie to stand in for her. Then I cut out most of her shots. Oh well, (again). You do get a glimpse of her in one shot.
The thing is, I figured I could get away with putting a wig on her and no one would notice that Mel and Mel are completely different people. Melinda has long straight dark hair and Melanie wears a curly, dark purple? wig with a head band? Yep, there was a bit of mix up there. But once again, no one seems to notice. Movies, they are so magical. For example no one got paid in real money! Just pixie dust!

You see? Twins!

Actually Penelope and Priscila also play Zombies in a couple of shots. Why I even put on one of the dresses and ran around in my back yard but I didn't film that. That was a private matter.

Above is Priscila taking some time out to get to know some of the rest of the cast. Hey, don't take her the wrong way. Kissing your severed head is what they do over there.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Cast - Zombies - Lara and Chantelle

OK, so in the film PAHR, three girls and a school teacher go missing, one of the girls is found so that leaves two and the teacher. Well that's just not enough school girls for the "sequel" HAPR.

In this film there's four (or five), hard to tell really, and who cares? As long there is plenty of mayhem, catfights, dismemberment and zombie blood I don't think anyone will really give a rats.

It's just best if you don't think about it. Like the end of Terminator.

Lara Picone - Is one of those rare actors who will do anything I tell them without asking difficult questions like "isn't this dangerous?", "are we getting paid?", "is it really necessary that the director be nude for this scene?". I love those kinds of people. She was quite willing to be kicked in the gut and fall onto a pile of rocks but I decided to put a mattress down for her as I knew I'd need her in a couple more shots.

Chantelle - Was in the script as a Zombie called ribbons. The idea was that she'd get her head mashed and you'd still identify it by her ribbons. But on the day, I forgot to tell her to wear them. Oh well. Still we stuck a knife in her head and poured a lot of goo in her hair.
Here is a quote from an email she sent me after she read the script "no matter which girl I play I'm still going to die a gruesome bloody death. I've always wanted to be killed in a horror flick."

See how happy I made them?

Dodgy FX Master

Here's a shot you'll never see. Pasta head! I'm going to have another go at that one. After Karl's excellent "man ripped in half thing" I've gone rather down hill as far as effects go. I read about Troma using effects such as cooked spaghetti so I figured, "hey I'll use pasta, that'll look like bone?"
Not really, as you can see.
Another bit of 'genius' was using canned spaghetti, instead of the long cooked stuff. I seem to have gotten away with that one. If you look closely at the pic below you may even see the can somewhere.

Note to self: if the FX guy leaves the shoot, get another one, don't do it all yourself.