What a wild week it was!
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.
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.
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!
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!
) 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!
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.
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.