Sunday, 3 February 2013

First Horror Role Part 1: On Set

If any of you have been wondering why I haven't posted in a while it is because I have been VERY busy and this series of posts is about one of the many things that has kept me busy, MY FIRST EVER HORROR ROLE! It is an entry in this year's Virgin Radio Fake Film Festival. I'll give you some clues to see if you can figure out which film it was we made a 60 second version of. 1.) There is a remake of it coming out this year 2.) Contrary to popular belief the monsters aren't zombies, but Candarian Demons 3.) My character's name is Cheryl 4.) Seriously you haven't figured it out yet? Fine, it was the film that brought Bruce Campbell into popular culture. That's right, the film we remade was:

For a behind the scenes look read on.

We filmed on a very cold day with ice and frost on the ground everywhere. It was really cool because we actually got to film at an abandoned house slated for demolition. Unfortunately that meant there was no electricity or running water (the nearest washroom was a 10 minute drive away). Despite those factors I had a fraking awesome time!
Propane fires are an actor/crew's best friend.
There was a plentiful amount of great food and the rest of the cast and crew were super chill and jazzed about the project. The shooting style was very guerrilla with a minimal amount of crew, but what better way to recreate The Evil Dead? Because we were losing daylight fast and had SFX make-up that needed to be applied we filmed all the "human" shots first.
Our lovely director Gigi Saul Guerrero as Linda, with crew member James Chase stalking her, seriously he waited an hour in the house for us to arrive just so he could scare the crap out of her.
Keeping warm between takes of the cabin encounter.
If you think I look pretty in this shot, wait until you see the ones from later in the day.
I'm drop DEAD gorgeous in those.
Sometimes your legs just need some touch-ups.

Once we got all the unpossessed shots in the can it was time to get into make-up which I was super excited for. We had a product that I think was called 3rd degree applied to us for texture, then got all kinds of colours thrown on us. Our looks were finished of course with copious amounts of blood.
Scott (Nathan Dashwood) before getting his make-up done. Shelley (Breann Grainger) is also getting a few touch-ups

The backs of vans can work surprisingly well for make-up stations.
And for just a few of the finished looks:
Linda, after I stuck a pencil in her.
Ash (real name Mark) seems to have come out of this ordeal not quite so worse for wear.
Told ya I was hot.

This was one of my favourite acting experiences thus far and I can't wait to share the finished video with you! Photos are all by Gordon Cheng and Jordan Williams. Make-up was done by Meaghan Andersen and Carolyn Williams
Tools of the demon trade.
Meaghan of the trade of make-up and two of our producers Luke and Raynor.
Make sure to like the facebook page and follow on twitter @EvilDeadin60 for updates. Expect to see the fruits of our labour sometime in the coming week.
Sweet dreams.

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