Meet the Crew on Mondays: D. Duckie Rodriguez

Posted: December 24, 2012 in Meet the Crew

(MtCoM essays are written by director Shiva Rodriguez)

 

Duckie is our stunt coordinator for Predatory Moon.

Oh, where do I begin…

First of all, Duckie and I have worked together for the better part of  20 years. We met while acting in one production, re-connected several years later while working for another production, got married and started producing stage shows together, then eventually got into doing film work together.

Yes, our marriage is a partnership made in heaven… he gets actors to beat each other up (as a stunt/fight coordinator ) and then I come in and kill them (as an FX artist ).

We also used to fight in a live combat show that we produced. One of his favorite stories is about how one performance fell on my birthday so during our fight he let me pluck out his eyeballs. See… that’s love.

Duckie is a bit of a maniac when it comes to planning out a fight sequence, but he’s also an even bigger nut about safety than I am. When I told him that I was going to need a big fight, he immediately started working on various contraptions he could use to give me “Crouching Tiger Hidden Werewolf”.

(He’s hoping that we do well with our fund-raising so that he can build some even more  interesting mechanisms for the werewolves.)

Duckie has also done quite a bit of directing for both stage and screen, and the many years of watching him in action and working beside him has taught me an awful lot about what to expect.

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