(MtCM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)
Over the Thanksgiving weekend the crew of Predatory Moon went out into the middle of nowhere in the freezing cold to shoot a series of promotional videos that we’ll be showing next month. We took the opportunity to invite some other local film crew members to come out and play with us, and the experience was nothing short of amazing.
This week I am taking a moment to gush over the extremely talented and ambitious people who braved both the weather and the wildlife to help us out.
So, in no particular order, I would like to thank the following people:
Richard Anasky, who came out with his camera to shoot all the behind-the-scenes photos. I’ve worked with Rich on a couple film sets before, and I was thrilled to have him there. Asides from being a very talented director himself, he has an amazing way about him and you just can’t help but feel happy and energized about the craft when he’s around.
Robert Coggin, who volunteered to help out with the camera crew and easily shuffled between several crew positions as each member took their 15 minutes in front of the camera. He was a lot of fun to work with and I look forward to being on a set with him again.
Dee Dee Seruga, who really blew me away with her makeup designs. I gave her a list of characters I needed and throughout the day I was stunned by these amazing creatures walking onto the set. It was a very tall order, but she tackled it with a smile and really pulled off an incredible job!
Mar’Keyth Powell, who came out to help with the wardrobe and also ended up being the “blood wrangler” while on set. I already knew that he was a great actor, but he really stepped up to the plate to keep the process running smoothly. One minute he’d be getting someone in costume, the next he’d be spooning out the blood and then gathering up all the messy props to hose off. I really couldn’t have gotten things done so fast without him!
Wayne Burgess, who jumped in as a sound mixer for us. Despite being scheduled for an overnight shift at his “day” job, he stayed with us from beginning to end with an incredible amount of professionalism. He also volunteered for an on-screen role, and really did a great job at adding those special little touches to the character. I’m really looking forward to working with him in the future.
Pat McSherry, who took up the script supervisor position. He was always ready to lend a hand with anything, and worked with a great deal of diligence. He was an absolute joy to have on set, and really helped keep our spirits up as the temperature started dropping!
Mary Dutcher, a very cheerful actress who came out to act as a PA. She was happy to take on one of the character roles, and was also quick to lend a hand whenever she wasn’t on camera or in the makeup chair. It’s always a pleasure to have her in a production!
Devin Payne, who volunteered as a PA. He is relatively new to the craft, but really showed the dedication and drive is so important. He ended up being all over the place as the crew played “musical chairs” with production roles throughout the day, and met the challenge with enthusiasm.
“Big Lou”, who got up before the sun and brought his camper out to the set. In all honesty, this shoot just couldn’t have happened without his generosity in providing and maintaining a portable unit for us to transport supplies, provide necessary facilities, and give the crew someplace comfortable to get out of the cold!