In preparation for the release of Zombies, Run!, I am making a Zombpocalypse playlist for when I jog. I have a jogging playlist, but it’s starting to lose it’s oomph for me. To go with this mood, I want songs that’ll get me in the mindset of shooting some zombies or running away from them. Now granted, I like Don’t Stop Me Now used in Shaun of the Dead, it doesn’t really make me wanna kill zombies or get my blood pumping; so songs like that aren’t on my list. It is energetic though, so it’s on my normal jogging playlist. But just because it was in a zombie movie doesn’t mean it’s right for my list. So far it’s a short list…
Resident Evil – Seizure of Power
Hot Fuzz Theme
Invaders Must Die
Battle Without Honor or Humanity
To Victory! (Sacrifice for Sparta remix)
Fumblestealth (Venture Bros)
What are your top ten zombie run/kill songs? (ten only please)
I decided to give a run down of each day.
BEWARE THAR BE SPOILERS!!!
Add Recruiter, the aforementioned Carlos, and Headbanger, real name Bob. I guess you could consider Headbanger my co-star? He interacts with me the most and is pretty much the only one to show Louis, my character, any real sympathy. It’s also the first day prosthetics are brought into use. The smell is not one of my favorites, but its not terrible. Two people show up right after lunch. One takes photos and the other one interviews some of the cast with a video camera… behind the scenes people!!! Cool! It was a pretty fun day.Wednesday
Add Speedy, played by Sam, and the duo of Ambercrombie and Fitch, played by Alex and Jericho I think respectively. We do some more shooting at the urinals, and get a few of me in one of the stalls. (Exec?) producer Jason, who is also craft services (food), starts doing graffiti work for the second stall. I get to contribute a sentence for the wall. Even more prosthetics today. For the first time on these 10 hour long shoots, we shoots scenes I’m not involved in. When I’m not on set, I’m crashed on the ground catching some z’s or getting my interview. It was a pretty fun day.That’s where I’m at now. I’ll add Thur and Fri once they’re done. But after that, there’s still one more day. The day of shooting on location in Tampa-but that won’t be till later in the Summer. I’ve been taking pics throughout the shoot, and like with the stage shows I do, they won’t be posted till after its over. Some of them I will not be able to put on Facebook; I think it’s pretty obvious why. Also, for the sake of the director, Kyle, I will not post this blogtill its done either.But as of right now, I’m sleepy, my legs are insanely cramped from standing on concrete (no tile floor in this mall restroom!) for so long, I have to deal with morning/afternoon traffic again, I go home only to shower and sleep, and I’m getting about 3 hours of sleep per day if I’m lucky because of how busy I am with this film and work.
It’s my kinda week.
Call was me, a holy man (played by Michael), Hermit (played by Donald), and XXXl, who I didn’t get to meet. All you ever see of him is his feet, and they saved his shots for last; they were all my point of view, so they didn’t need me and I was let go about 15 minutes early. Sometimes you hear about actors getting a little “too into it” and they end up getting hurt or something like that. Well…my left nostril is bruised. Not my nose. My nostril. And a bit of that flappy bridge between the two nostrils. It was a pretty fun day.
Now its 6:25 AM Monday the 24th
Extras extras extras! Now this was a busy day. Shooting-wise though, not for me. I was able to get in two decent naps during the day. Throughout the day extras came and went (hah-pun), but I was the only cast member present the whole time-till about 11 PM. I met a lot of people. After the last scene was shot, I was standing around while they started cleaning up. The back wall of one of the stalls was removable, and I mentioned in passing to the producer, Jason, that it would be kind of cool to keep it as a souvenir. Without batting an eye, he asked, “You want it? It’s yours.” It was a great day.
Though we still have one more day to shoot, in Tampa, for the beginning of the short, since everything else was completed, we had a wrap party. I brought my wall and had everyone sign it. I had a random girl come up to me and tell me recognized me from the TX DOT commercial. I’m not even sure she knew I was in the film! That was a hoot. There was a bit of reminiscing and some behind the scenes footage of the first three days was shown. It was a pretty fun night.
That was the filming blog. For more pics, check out the FOURPLAY: Tampa folder of pics on my FB profile. And don’t forget to check out the Making of… video!
Avengers is coming next year! Who would have thought; the company that DIDN’T have Superman, Batman, and Wonder Woman would have the big super team movie first? Well, given the number of better quality movies Marvel has come out with, it’s no surprise.
Although, some of us still hope and pray for that big Justice League movie. Below, I have compiled my (mostly) dream team of supers for the film. I made sure to avoided some already cast in their own respective movies. I just felt like doing that, I don’t need to justify to you😛
Now how did I come to cast these peeps? A lot of people tend to cast only off of looks when they do their dream casting. I went with not only looks, but also experience and talent. Experience meaning if they’ve done films already that may require training… i.e. knowing martial arts and things like that. Talent meaning… duh! I want someone who’s a good actor playing the role! So yea, I’ll say it now. Angelina Jolie is not my Wonder Woman. I know some may disagree. Feel free to do so; make your own dream cast.
Of course, the main three, the holy trinity of supers from DC, will get the most debate. But let me say this. I’ve always been of the mind that Superman should have a slimmer, more cut, look, Batman should be a bulky looking powerhouse, and Wonder Woman needs to be of fair skin, no tan, with eyes that make you understand she is a woman not to be trifled with. But I digress. Let’s get on with it!
(My apologies on formatting errors-the preview would not match what I was trying to do)
Clive Owen as Superman
He’s got the slim cut look, and man he’s got the acting chops to pull off a mild mannered news reporter and a man of steel. Superman was probably the toughest one I cast.
Clark Bartram as Batman
He’s the only one I cast that’s already played the part. Seriously, look at him. If you haven’t seen Batman: Dead End, you should. Just ignore the horrible Joker played by Growing Pains alum Boner.
She’s a versatile actress. She would need a little training to be an Amazonian fighter, but Wonder Woman is the type who would put someone down with the tiniest amount of effort possible, because you’re not worth her time. Eva can totally pull off the ‘tude of I’m better than you, and there’s nothing you can do about it, be happy I’m on your side.
I can admit this is fan favorite casting. As great of a job Ryan Reynolds did given the script he had, Nathan is completely the sarcastic boy scout that Hal is supposed to be. Ryan’s portrayal was a bit more cocky than needed to be.
In my version, Martian will be a combo of make up and motion capture. Some may say that Andy Serkis is the king of motion capture, but Doug has the experience of both, and he’s got the alien and superhero experience.
Daniel Craig has played many roles that are the loner type who perfers not to ask for help. I’ve always thought of the Atlantian King Arthur as British anyway. I thought about his as Batman, but I couldn’t envision him as much of a team player as Batman is. I think Craig would be the only man qualified to play this role and make people take Aquaman as the serious threat he can be.
Mark Valley as Barry Allen/The Flash
If you’ve seen Human Target, then you know Mark Valley is very much an action actor with just the right amount of sarcastic humor that fits Barry Allen.
Jay Baruchel as Plastic Man
He’s a lanky funny guy who is somehow much cooler than you would think he is. And often times that coolness can be just in his head. That description can describe both the actor and the character.
Of course, there would be some scenes aboard the Watchtower. With that in mind there would be cameos aplenty. Here are some of my favorites, who could also join in the climactic battle-more on that after the cameo casting.
One is just happy to be considered a superhero and the other is constantly trying to show he’s more than what people consider him to be. Who else can play these bosom buddies the way these two would?
Much like Craig/Aquaman, she is the only person with the right build and enough talent for people to see the character as a superhero and not a joke.
Do I really need to explain this one?
This is a guy that can pull off the ham and then become an imposing figure at the drop of a dime. He would be perfect to play a little boy in a man’s body without overdoing it.
I just want to see him deliver an inspiring monologue, kick some ass, and maybe even die a hero’s death.
I expect David Gallagher to agree with this the most. You should check her out busting chops in the Chuck television series.
David Duchovny as The Question
Who else should play a conspiracy uncovering agent than the guy with the most experience playing those kind of characters?
Next: I’ll cast the Villains! But who should be the villains? The Legion of Doom? Darkseid? The Crime Syndicate? Tell me what you think!
EDIT: I can’t believe I forgot one of my favorite guest roles!
Scott Caan has the uncanny ability to get the right balance of arrogance and charm needed to play Oliver Queen. And have you seen his majestic handlebar goatee?
Man. I’ve been busy. Lots of ups and downs.
After Trouble Puppet’s The Jungle closed, I turned around and started tech week for the Out of Ink festival. Thanks to everyone who came out for both. But to my fellow geeks, those of you who missed Out of Ink, you missed the ONE CHANCE to see me play a role that’s the closest I’ll ever get to playing The Doctor. You really missed out.
But I digress.
Remember the short film I did last year? IT’S GOING TO CANNES! The Cannes Directors Fortnight to be exact. It was one of only FOURTEEN shorts chosen to be screened; and the only American one. I was invited to go, and there was the slimmest possibility that my way would have been (partially) paid. The film itself was barely produced, and is still trying to raise money, so I knew not to hold my breath; but it was still disappointing when I was told I had to cover my own expenses to get to Paris. So I won’t be attending.
Anyway, there’s a sneak peek at a rough cut next Sat May 30th @ 1pm at the Alamo Ritz. If you can, please make it out. Tickets are a bit pricey, but it’s a fundraiser, and I believe they will be showing one of the other FOURPLAY shorts along with it.
It’s also going to be shown at this year’s Outfest in LA; so if I’ve got any LA peeps reading this, I’ll be visiting you soon.
There are also talks for it to go to another LOCAL but big named film festival. We’ll see what happens.