So, being an indie filmmaker can – to put it nicely – test you. It can throw wrenches into your plans, disrupt your routine. To paraphrase Darrell K Royal, “it doesn’t build character, it reveals.”
The crew behind the Quad X Saga has weathered their share of issues; lost locations, productions issues, revolving cast members. So when I had to step in as a police detective due to a casting issue, the rest of the cast and crew rallied like a team and so far it’s gone off without a hitch. I was stressed trying to fit this character in 40 minutes and dealing with my own “issues.” When people dropped what they were doing to help me out…I was touched.
So this weekend, we rolled for 3 long days. I mean LONG. And it saw a parade of actors flying in from out of town to get some screen time. Starting with Mike Donis’ arrival from Toronto to play Det Bill England, we saw the return of Daniel Cano (Houston) as documentary filmmaker Christopher Shearer. My old Army buddy Eric Adair (Maryland) rolled in as the maniacal porn director Marcus (no last name) and brought along Rebecca Meyer to join in the fun.
All these names joining the cast helped us put together a weekend that saw some pretty intense kills scenes as we near the end of the Quad X 2 portion of the production. Set out in Leander at the “Home Cuming” set for the movie in the movie, porn stars start dropping dead at an alarming rate. This weekend saw a body count of 7 with 4 actors playing the killer. And it saw more of Brittany Flurry! I love working with her and HOPE she’ll be back for more!
Aaron Gaudin as our f/x coordinator really seems to have an eye…and an ear…for this stuff. We threw some pretty ridiculous scenarios at him, though the kill of the weekend MIGHT be the reference to Peeping Tom. A special shout out to Elena Weinberg for coordinating the fight between our killer and Mallory Larson’s Vageana. So much fun.
Sunday had one of the funnier moments of the movie. It features Texas Renegade members Andy Bertelsen, Tyson Carver, a kick ass motor cycle and and a tandem bike. I might just put that thing on the web next week. After a shorter-ish day on Sunday, we finished the weekend with a production staff screening of JAWS. Thanks to my lovely wife for a wonderful dinner.
So, from here, we near the end. It’s always weird to be in the foxhole and then see that the time is flying by. It’ll be in the can…well….on harddrives before we know it and some of the memory of the production will fade as we prepare for new flicks. We have a week break from the shoot as Twitchy heads to the Bare Bones Film Festival in Muskogee. Twitchy has two films we produced in the fest (Abram’s Hand & Werebitches II) and I have five films (The Devil’s Gun, Soldier Dog, Pete Winning, Abrams, Werebitches) that I wrote involved in the fest.
After that, we come back to only 5 days left. But one of the those days has Marc Wasserman in it. We might not survive.