- Street side karate scene
we shot what was happening outside the coffees hop window
while John lost interest with Tammy, the expensive computer
date. (See August 5, 2000 - Tammy
Twotone & Deirdre the money woman.) While Tammy was droning
on inside the coffee shop, John watches a skuffle unfold out
on the sidewalk accross the street. We see Tony, (an Aiki
Ju-jutsu expert) dump an assailant on his ass.
My biggest concern
will be getting these two sequences to appear that they are
happening concurrently. We shot Deirdre
Williams inside the coffee shop back in August, we are
now filming what's supposed to be out in the street in October.
I needed something that wasn't on a busy street but looked
like it could be a real street. I found this parking lot outside
an elementary school which had a sidewalk next to their building
with enough room across the location to shoot the scene in
telephoto. (I wanted it to appear as if John was watching
this way in the distance.) In the original footage with Deirdre,
you can't see much of the background behind her because she
was blocking most of it (intentional) and it was completely
over exposed (because of the summer sunlight outside the coffee
I shot the sequence
at a normal aperture setting, but I'm hoping that once I transfer
it, I can give it an over-exposed look in After Effects. The
other thing I'm hoping will "sell" the shot will be interior
sound that will over ride the exterior sound. (Which you normally
wouldn't hear at that distance anyways. I'm hoping the sequence
will play something like the shot in Stanley Kubricks 2001,
where after Hal attacks Dr. Frank Pool with the pod, you see
the action, but you only hear what's inside the spaceship.)
the Aiki Ju-jutsu expert, was played by Tony
Annesi, a real-life honest to God karate expert. I've
been taking lessons from him on and off for about 12 years.
During this time, I've been videotaping and editing almost
all of his seminars. I managed to get a lifetime membership
at his school by doing these, so even though I haven't attained
the rank of black belt, (which I should've long ago) I figure
I've still got a couple of more decades before Tony croaks
of old age to get my act together. Tony's school is called
in Framingham, MA. I can't even start to describe the
wisdom that is taught at his school.
The thug that attacked
Tony was Tom De Lucia, a black belt student at Tony's school
of many years. The irony here is that Tom is the nicest guy
in real life, and here we made him be the heavy (and he also
knew how to take a fall). The rest of the people who filled
out our street scene were students from Tony's Saturday class.
I wanted to present
a karate sequence which didn't fit the normal mold of a 'regular'
movie karate moment, where the good guy does a flashy technique,
clobbers the guy, revels in the moment then leaves. I wanted
to show that if you indeed smacked a person in self-defense,
you would have to deal with the consequences of his injury,
not just do a Rocky Balboa howl and zoom off. Especially in
the scenario in which we portray Tony getting into an argument
with a motorist, the motorist loses control and Tony has to
defend himself. Tony couldn't just drive away, he would still
need to get this person drivers license, etc.
Eric & camera LS
Tony & Tom
- Shelly & Earl (the transmission mechanics)
we filmed the end result of Geoff's
all the 'perfect women for John in America' list. We needed
a car repair shop to film this sequence and I'm grateful that
Steve Peluso offered me his. I met Steve when I was working
cable, doing local origination shit with John
Horrigan. He had a program that he did on car repair,
and he always was into the foolishness that our gang came
up with. I called the guy up 9 years later and said, "remember
me?" I asked him if I could film at his place, his reply was,
"can I be in it?" Done. Steve is the guy who takes the repair
list from the cute girl behind the counter.
OK, you've probably
been wondering.."gee, if Eric has been playing the big shot
director in all this, which woman in the cast did Eric have
the hots for?" Here's the fact: I slept with Shelly the mechanic.
The whole joke
of this scene is that Geoff's perfect match ends up being
the most undesirable woman for John. (Geoff's list for John
had an error.) I immediately thought of "Granny" in the Beverly
Hillbillies Show. I needed someone who could do a perfect
southern accent and wanted to look hideous on screen. My girlfriend,
Therese Chase pointed out
that she had "genuine Rednecks in her family, her pappys uncle
lived out in the sticks, raised coon-hounds and ate road kill
for supper." The irony here is in real life, she's an extremely
well read librarian who got a scholarship to Wellesly College.
scene required a menacing guy to play Earl, Shelly's brother.
Therse had a brother, Matt
Branton, who I thought could fit the part, so he took
the role with much enthusiasm. Matt had way too much fun filming
his part, almost as if there was some secret desire to "live"
his role for a few says more. It seems once you start with
that dumb, southern hick voice, you can't stop. (Sorta like
Phil and his bad Chinese
accent.) I liked that fact that they WERE brother and sister,
and they would actually look related.
We also needed
a cute girl to be in the office when John and Geoff arrive.
Therese had a daughter, Sinead Casey, who wanted to be in
the movie too. Initially I was going to use her as a "bar
slut" in the nightclub scene, but thought it would be cool
to have the entire transmission shop a real-life family business.
When I initially told Sinead that I would use her in the movie,
this was back in March sometime. Since then, she had become
pregnant with her fiance Dan Medeiros. As she got larger as
the shooting day came nearer, I figured I'd might as well
work that into the story. In her scene, we filmed Sinead in
profile talking to Steve Peluso, so that hopefully her pregnancy
will read on film. I haven't gotten the footage back, so I
guess we'll see if that will be obvious. (I filmed John and
Geoff reacting to her tummy and one without.)
The only technical
wrinkle I can think of for this day was when we were filming
inside the garage. I was shooting with 100 asa film stock.
(the original stuff that I got with my camera) By the time
we started filming inside the garage, we lost a lot of our
light coming through the garage doors. I had full blue on
some Arri 1K's, but I couldn't get enough light to read on
the meter. (You lose two stops when you use an 85B filter
to correct for outdoor light.) I pulled the full blue off
the lights and the 85b filter off the lens. I'm hoping that
when the transfer house corrects for the color of the light,
the background won't be completely blue. (Not to mention that
the garage was normally lit by Sodium lights, which we left
on just to give us something extra.) Normally one would rent
some HMI lights to use as fill. (HMI lights match 5600k, or
outdoor light.) Eh...so we got funny colored backgrounds..so
Matt, Therese & John
Way over THERE!
John & Geoff
Matt as Earl
LS out back
Shelly & Earl
Therese as Shelly
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