From time to time, my actors (I call them that but they are really my friends) bug me about when we are doing another short film. They are very passionate about acting and the work hard at their craft. Every time I film them, they get better and better.
When they feel the rust coming on, they call me up and beg me to pull one of my ideas out of a hat and make something happen. I am lucky to have such idle friends like them and Robin Chin from Enhance Realizm who is just as idle as me and is always willing to shoot something. There is a joke about that coming up, so keep reading.
So, we started a facebook group convo and came up with 3 or 4 ideas and we chose one and said let's film this on Saturday. Actor Marlon Walker came up with the concept. I wrote the script, but gave him credit because he literally told me the dialogue word for word.
So I vaguely remembered that the ingredients for movie blue was red food colouring and corn starch. So I went out and bout these ingredients. I didn't bother to look up the measurements for these ingredients so we just started mixing. I have behind the scenes footage I will release someday, for now you have to read about it.
So while mixing the blood we weren't convinced it looked right so we kept adding starch and adding colouring. Eventually when it was all done we said screw it, let's make it work. So we ventured out up the road to Mountain Spring and went into the river bed and found a spot that looked like what I envisioned and we started setting up the shot and applying blood. The blood looked more real on the body than we thought it would...and it stained, it stained good. We had to apply blood to JP's mouth corner. You would see him later with this blood stain and wonder "is he a vampire or does he dine when it's that time??? hmmm!". Anyway, I digress. So after shooting this short and getting some great shots of blood in the water we wrapped up to go back to base to to ADR. JP thought it would be funny to pretend he was stabbed for real and stagger after cars passing by. Everyone got scared and drove off.
We all parted ways, but later on I got a call from JP telling me the police nabbed him and dug him down asking him questions about whether he stabbed someone because they got calls about someone running down another person with a knife. Of course when JP explained himself, to the officer, he said "Officer, mi just done shoot sum'n you know." to which the officer replied "Wah, you just done shoot somebody?" JP recovered quickly explaining he was shooting a short film. The police had a good laugh about it after a while and they started discussing guns. Good to know there are still some kool officers in this world attempting to do their job when duty calls.
Thanks again officers for being cool. NivekPro out.
I am a Filmmaker, Animator and Writer. I love telling stories and making them come true. You will see me on the big screen soon enough.