Jeri's put up Chapter Three of Charlotte Misner. It's really good. I think we might be on to something. Also, she did some hugely extensive research and provides a bunch of links on SmugPuppies, including having done a Vulcan Mind Meld with Jim. (Unlike my linking which is just stuff that fell in my lap, Jeri actually had to look around a bunch to find her links.) If you're participating in writing Charlotte Misner, you're going to find this research invaluable. If you're not involved, you'll still find this info interesting. Go ahead. Go on over there and give Jeri some love.
Also, I linked The Super Sub-Tropical Log a couple of days ago and mentioned that one reason I was pointing you there is that the blogger and her husband are friends that I've worked with a couple of times (and look forward to doing so again).
On this one, I'm going to give you a little bit of background. The Locations Dept. and the Art Dept. are not always...um...on the same page. I'm sure they have a different perspective, but I'll give you mine. First, they accept a location, saying, "Yes! This is perfect. We won't have to do a thing. You could practically just show up and shoot it like it is right now." Two days later, you get a memo from the Art Director telling you that they need 5 days to prep the location. The work that needs to be done?
- Remove all furniture and decoration (except that really funky crystal skunk on the mantle.)
- Re-paint living room, two bedrooms and kitchen.
- Make the kitchen appliances and cabinets look old.
- Replace the front door and all lighting fixtures.
- Spatter blood on living room carpet and walls for "crime scene".
Also, the first time you show a Production Designer and Director a location, they will invariably have a bunch of questions you're not likely to have any answers to yet.
"Can we use squibs (bullet hits) on that door?"
"Can we close this street for three days?"
"Can we replace all of the parking meters with ones from the 50's?"
Of course, I'll have to answer these questions eventually, but the first time I show them the location (before they've even signed off on using it), is when I get to find out what the questions are. My answer, for the moment is, "I'll let you know." And I'm sure to add, at least a couple of times, "Make sure you have a Plan B in mind." Now, this is not what a Director or Production Designer wants to hear. Sorry, but I don't like to make promises until I know I can deliver.
Well, the result of this is that I sometimes come off as prickly. I sometimes don't have the best relationship with the Art Dept. OK, sometimes, we fucking hate each other. I honestly don't remember our first scouts together, but Sub-TropicalGal and her husband...didn't have a good first impression. Happily, we ended up having the same set of sensibilities and got along great. So, without further ado, I give you the trailer for Pistol Whipped. (The title says Marker, which was the working title.) There's lots of good car crashy stuff and beating the crap out of each other stuff, but the important thing is the lingering slo-mo shot of my headstone getting shot to shit right before the end. Every place you see on the screen, I provided. Every bit of decoration, stuff that gets broken, shot, or blown up, handled by the actors or driven into by a car was put there by Sub-TropicalGal and her husband (and their minions).
Hey! This sure turned into a long post for one that was just gonna be a couple of links.