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MoonKnight1
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I appear in two scenes in Ep. 3. When Caleb Brewster is escaping in the rowboat I walk in front of Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) while toting a keg of rum. A few minutes later I walk past again without the rum. I am the Town Drunk after all!

That was a fascinating scene to be a part of. There is no water there, other than the ubiquitous ankle deep mud puddles so the piers actually jut out into a field. They have green screens set up and there was no boat escaping - everything was added in by computer.

Yet another scene I was supposed to be in seemingly ended up on the cutting room floor. It appears that I carried around a raw chicken for five hours for absolutely no reason at all. At Wits' End

Things are building up nicely, I can say that there are some riveting plot twists and turns coming up! I can't wait to find out certain things myself. I was only in scenes taking place in Setauket so I have limited knowledge of things happening elsewhere. I do know who lives and who dies but I'm not telling!
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I'm Back!!!

Dancing Applause Big Hug Drooling Wave Blush Dancing

For some reason, I have been invited back for Turn - Season 2. So it appears that I wasn't barred from set because of "The Incident".

Just got back from Costumes. For now I am a Checkpoint Civilian. My goal this season is to not get killed off.

Did anyone watch the first season? If so, did you like it? If you didn't it's no big deal to me, I'm not the writer, or producer, or principal actor or anything so I won't be offended if someone doesn't care for it.

If you liked it on the other hand, then I will take all the credit! Laughing

I am excited to be getting back out there. More tidbits await!

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They haven't been calling me as much this year as last but I still have been involved several times. The last time I got lucky and got paid Screen Actors Guild wages even though I am non-union. It seems there is a rule where they are required to have a certain amount of SAG members per day. They were short of the quota this time and since I was first in line it was all me.

Turns out SAG pay is three times what I have been getting. Dancing

Tomorrow is going to be a first for me. They called me today and asked if I could come in on short notice for a special assignment. Apparently I am going to be a stand-in for George Washington. Now, this is both good and not so good.

The good is that the pay will be phenomenal for the time I will be there. The not so good is that there's no chance of any screen time.

My understanding is that there is going to be a scene where the General is being dressed by his personal valet who should be proficient in doing so. I'm going to be the live mannequin for the guy playing the valet to practice on for a few hours beforehand so when he's actually doing it on camera it looks like second nature.

So, yeah, a guy will be dressing and undressing me and I'm getting paid for it. Laughing

More cool stories coming soon. I have a picture of me in costume but I won't be able to post it until production is finished. Don't want to get caught violating the disclosure I had to sign and end up getting kicked off the show. Angel Kiss
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I'm back with a vengeance! Season 3 is filming now and I have been called three times in seven days. Dancing It can be quite exhausting as the days are long but it is very rewarding in the experience that I get from it.

Going to the Sound Stage today which is cool for a variety of reasons. For one thing, it's inside so no weather worries. We get to eat with the Big Boys so the food is a notch better and there are inside bathrooms with running water and heat. Much better than the Porta-Potties at the outdoor locations. Big Grin

Here is a picture of me from last year getting photobombed by a Hessian.
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Did you get to work any with the governor?

(As soon as I get caught up on all of my other shows, I'll track down a way to catch up on Turn.)
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bluedevil2002 wrote:
Did you get to work any with the governor?


No, I did not. Furthermore, instead of creating jobs he took a job that could have gone to someone else. Like me! Broken Heart

There's a lot of action going on. I'm not there today but they brought in dozens of stuntmen for a huge battle scene. Yesterday's shoot focused on Simcoe (the villain) going nuts and tearing the place up.

I have applied for a spot on Legends and Lies, hopefully I'll get it! Daydreaming Yes, I know it's a Bill O'Reilly production but hey - as long as the check clears...Tongue

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What a wild week it was! Hypnotized

After hardly being used at all the first two months of production they loaded up on me in February. Predawn call times and 12+ hour days makes Howie a tired boy. Yawn

It was a ton of fun as usual (except when it wasn't) and every day was completely different than the last. One day there were only seven of us Townsfolk - four men and three women. We were in the middle of a very important scene so chances are good that I will get some screen time.

Didn't fare so well the next day. This time there were almost 100 Extras including around 40 Townsfolk. I was standing in the back over to the side and the camera could not find me at all. That day we had breakfast at 6AM and "lunch" at 5PM. It was 8 hours of standing on a muddy hillside in 38 degree temps with wind, rain and sleet pounding down on us. They did provide us with a couple of open sided warming tents that offered a tad bit of respite. Oh, and about six hours in they gave us a hot dog. Dancing

Wednesday was interesting. We started early and they were getting a lot done. The weather was nicer and for the most part we were inside anyway. The scene was inside of the town church so we even got to sit down for the most part. I should get some good face time from that, there was a trial taking place and one of the witnesses was sitting right next to me. When he gets called to the stand I look over at him as he rises and proceeds to the front. In another scene from the same trial has me walking right behind Simcoe, the villain, so chances are good that I will appear a couple times.

That was also the day that tornadoes tore through Virginia. The place that they use for filming is on the property of the State Prison so when the Tornado Watch was issued they made us all evacuate to the prison itself. There were actually two alerts, during the first one they loaded up all of the principal actors and sent them out first while we extras had to make our way down the hill to wait by the road at the bottom for more vans. While we were there the car carrying Kevin McNally (Magistrate Richard Woodhull) drove past. As they were passing by he leaned out of the window and flipped us all the bird! It was freaking hilarious - we all busted out laughing! Laughing It was obviously in jest.

He is really, really cool. On the day that there were only a few of us I approached him after we had wrapped. We are not supposed to bother the principals but the day was over and he was standing by the snack table by himself and I thought that I might not get another chance to speak to him. I told him that I had been with the production since the beginning and that it was a pleasure watching him perform.

He smiled and shook my hand saying, "It was a pleasure working with you as well." Now, I realize that he had no clue who I was but I still thought that it was just a very nice thing to say.

Well, the last day for filming is Saturday and I am not scheduled so unless I get called in for a re-shoot (doubtful, all of the scenes I was in were perfect! Big Grin ) then I am done.

Not sure when Episode 1 is coming on but I will post it here when I find out.

I have a bunch of other stories to tell, and some that I can't tell. Well, not here anyway!Silenced If anyone ever wants to get together for a beer or something I can tell you about some behind the scenes shenanigans that are not suitable to post on these boards. Call Me

It was an awesome experience again but I am a little relieved that it is over and life can return to "normal" - whatever that is.Silly
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It's official! AMC recently announced that they ordered a fourth and final season for TURN: Washington's Spies starring CCL's own MoonKnight1 (AKA Howie Hall). Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing Dancing

I am really looking forward to getting back on set if they want me. And why not? I have been in all three seasons so far! I only showed up in 3 episodes this time around but I think this year there will be more action around Setauket which will give me a better chance of being called upon. One thing I have going for me is that the crew are familiar with me and know that I'm easy to work with. I do what they say, don't complain and try not to make their jobs harder. For some reason they seem to like that. Time Out

Not sure when Production starts but it has usually begun in late November right after Thanksgiving. Crossing my fingers, wish me luck! Pray
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YES!!! Dancing Dancing Dancing

I'm back, baby!

Got the call today to appear in Season 4, going in today for a costume fitting. This time I'm going to portray a New York City Pedestrian. Hopefully that means my costume is upgraded as I usually end up wearing rags and thread worn clothing. One good thing is that we will probably be shooting in Olde Towne Petersburg so it's easier for me to get there and we will be walking on cobblestones instead of the ubiquitous ankle deep mud at the set in Powhatan. The past couple of years they have used Petersburg to replicate late 1700's NYC because of the old buildings there. I also was part of a few scenes in Spielberg's Lincoln that filmed in the same location.

Episode 1 starts filming in the middle of January and I am scheduled on set at the end of the month. Hoping that they call me often for this, the last season. Daydreaming
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
I'm going to portray a New York City Pedestrian. Hopefully that means my costume is upgraded as I usually end up wearing rags and thread worn clothing.


No such luck. Once again I'm typecast as a Low Class Citizen. Ooh That's cool. One benefit is that I don't have to shave the morning of the shoot, this Monday. They said to come in with a little bit of scruff so Sunday morning it is. Supposed to be a rainy day so I will definitely be wearing my waterproof socks. Those things are awesome not only do they keep your feet dry but they also insulate. Before I got them I would leave the set sometimes and feel like I had a block of ice attached to each ankle.

Seems like I got decent shoes this time at least. The first two pairs I tried on at the fitting were not conducive to comfortable wear so they finally fitted me with something better. It's basically a hard sole with leather wrap around flaps that get tied down. Much nicer than the buckle shoes that most people wear.
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
One day there were only seven of us Townsfolk - four men and three women. We were in the middle of a very important scene so chances are good that I will get some screen time.

I did. Dancing

If you watch Turn - Season 3, Episode 10 you will see me several times. In the opening segment the evil Simcoe and his cronies were "escorting" Abe Woodhull (Jamie Bell) to a tree where they were about to hang him. They eventually drag him off past me and the other townsfolk. I got good screen time from that. Also in that episode I was in the town church during Abe's trial so you can spot me easily a couple of times. At one point I jump up shouting and everyone else follows my lead and we create a raucous atmosphere. Pretty much similar to watching football games at my house! Big Grin

So far in Season 4 - Last week I went to Olde Towne Petersburg which was subbing for New York City. It was extremely cold and there was rain and other wintry conditions like freezing rain and wind mixed with some snow. Lovely. They just called me back for tomorrow and have also asked about my availability for next week so it looks good for me so far. Weather should be better as well.
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Just got walking orders for tomorrow's shoot. Not only have I been typecast as Low Class, now apparently I also frequent the local House of Ill Repute.

Basically I am all about the hookers! Tongue Time Out
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MoonKnight1 wrote:
Just got walking orders for tomorrow's shoot. Not only have I been typecast as Low Class, now apparently I also frequent the local House of Ill Repute.

Basically I am all about the hookers! Tongue Time Out


Sounds like you're playing me. Make sure you do a good job, I have a reputation to maintain.


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comicscastle wrote:
MoonKnight1 wrote:
Just got walking orders for tomorrow's shoot. Not only have I been typecast as Low Class, now apparently I also frequent the local House of Ill Repute.

Basically I am all about the hookers! Tongue Time Out


Sounds like you're playing me. Make sure you do a good job, I have a reputation to maintain.


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padreglcc wrote:
comicscastle wrote:
MoonKnight1 wrote:
Just got walking orders for tomorrow's shoot. Not only have I been typecast as Low Class, now apparently I also frequent the local House of Ill Repute.

Basically I am all about the hookers! Tongue Time Out


Sounds like you're playing me. Make sure you do a good job, I have a reputation to maintain.


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Sorry Pat, I let you down. They didn't allow me anywhere near the hookers. The scene took place in the bad side of town and the prostitutes were all up on the street. Meanwhile they stuck me in a back alley talking to a guy who was sitting on a barrel. So my best guess is that I was buying drugs? Don't think meth was around back then so most likely it was opium or hashish. Tongue

I did ask the Casting Director who my character was meant to portray and he said it was a young patriot from New Jersey named Pat. How old were you in 1775 anyway? Mid 20's? Big Grin

Seriously though Silly my character has changed this year from previous seasons. The first three I was a citizen from Setauket on Long Island. I was there a lot wandering around town with rum or ale, sitting in the tavern with rum or ale and sometimes carrying around a rowboat or other nautical equipment - oars. lobster cages, rum, ale, etc. This year I have primarily been placed in New York in the area they call the "Holy Ground" which is where the hookers, drunks and dregs of society congregate. Still waiting for the rum and ale.

I'm going twice in the next four days, tomorrow and Monday. They have already said that both days will be 10+ hours so that's something to anticipate with glee! Next week I will be filming in Williamsburg. I've been to the town plenty of times but this will be the first time going to the set and I'm looking forward to the new experience.

My last day there, couple weeks ago, was very interesting. There was a rule enacted that was named after me - The Howie Rule. You see, whu-wha happened was when I got the e-mail for my call time it said Episode 1. Well, I thought that was a typo because I had filmed for Ep. 1 a few weeks earlier and just a couple days before I was there for the Ep. 2 shoot. Turned out they were actually shooting Episode 3 but they had brought in a number of people to do pickups for Episode 1. I was one of those people.

As soon as I was in costume they whisked me off to the set and filming started immediately. There were several different takes from various vantage points and eventually we were sent to the holding area while they reconfigured. Now usually we sit in Holding for a looong time but this time I was there for like five minutes before a Production Assistant (PA) came in. He looked at me and judging by the costume asked if I was a Working Man. That was my character description for that day so I said yes. He takes me from Holding and took me in the other direction from where I had been previously. I have been on set enough to realize that something wasn't quite right and I did say something but in the end you just do what they tell you to do so I went along.

Now I'm in another scene and talking to the Extras there I figured out that this was Episode 3 that they were shooting. During a break in the action another PA found me and asked, "Are you Howie?" I said yeah and she told me I wasn't supposed to be there and they needed me on the other set. I was whisked over there and upon arrival one of the senior PA's made the announcement that from now on The Howie Rule was in effect. If someone asked you to go somewhere you should tell them explicitly that you are here for Episode 1.

On the one hand I could easily say that I was culpable. I have enough experience that I knew something was awry but I didn't really object that strenuously. On the other hand, the answer is always Yes. I don't argue with the Director about what I think my character should be doing. If they tell me to jump I don't ask, "How high" because I'm already in the air asking, "When should I land?"

I also fully expect to receive two paychecks for that day since I was in two different episodes.Waiting

OK, technically I am not supposed to be posting anything about the show on Social Media. Silenced I don't think I have been giving up any show secrets or plot devices and if someone from the production were to locate this thread on these Forums then they are superb detectives indeed. Cool
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MoonKnight1 wrote:

OK, technically I am not supposed to be posting anything about the show on Social Media. Silenced I don't think I have been giving up any show secrets or plot devices and if someone from the production were to locate this thread on these Forums then they are superb detectives indeed. Cool


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MoonKnight1 wrote:
Last week I went to Olde Towne Petersburg


Have you been there the same time Mercy Street was filming? If so, did you go find Josh Radnor and play "Have you met Ted?"
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