It must be getting close to Halloween . . .
I filmed a small cameo for a new horror movie called “The Restaurant.” Â It’s directed by Eric Ford-Holevinski, whom I met at UCLA a couple of years ago at a Taliesin Nexus film program. Â Mark Robert Turner is the finely-moustached architect of my demise in the picture . . . Â (SPOILER ALERT) I buy the farm seconds later!
Movie-making isn’t for sissies. Â It’s a team effort with producers, directors, writers, actors, make-up people, lighting people, sound people, camera people, money people and people people! Â It’s like orchestrating the D-Day invasion (and I was only around for the filming of two scenes). Â Every person’s job is important whether it is running the fog machine or being a believable villain. Â It’s also helpful to have aÂ guerilla mentality because there are never enough resources or time.
Someone once said that “warfare is 99 percent boredom and 1 percent sheer terror”. Â Movie-making is similar! Â There is a lot preparation, experimentation and rehearsal. Â Ultimately, there is a lot of waiting around. Â I have a lot of respect for the people that have to “turn it on” after standing around for a few hours (or days)! Â How actors can remember their lines and produce something believable after 20 takes I ‘ll never understand. Â And there is actual pressure! Â If the final shot was screwed up, it would have taken an hour to clean up the blood (corn syrup) and get everything reset — if the location was still available.
I’ll never make fun of D-List actors again (at least in public). Â It almost makes Christian Bale’s blow up in Terminator 3 understandable . . .Â Christian Bale’s Meltdown . . .
Anyway here is the trailer . . . Let’s cheer on the creative forces that produce the movies we see . . . it’s tough work! Â And let’s hope “The Restaurant” becomes the next “Halloween” or “Blair Witch Project”.