Great grandmother Elizabeth exclaims, “There’s water coming up my butt!”. Water rushes into my dive boots, but they cover my waders so I figure I’m in good shape. I don’t feel the 40 degree water which laps gently against my thigh.
We’re all standing in the ocean in our long black Victorian costumes, waiting for the director to call action. Yes, I have a horror movie role and its one of last scenes. My skirts float around me. By now, they’re muddy and thoroughly soaked. That is the plan. Its the last scene so the costumes can get trashed, we don’t need them any more.
This is my 5th work day on location for the film. Yesterday, I got shot. It took 4 takes for me to fall convincingly on the pads laid behind me for cushioning. The knife flew out of my hand as I fell the 4th time, which pleased the director. One of the crew paid me a compliment. “I was scared when I saw you coming and I didn’t even see the knife”, he said. Yes, I’m bad-ass in this film.
Last night, I offered sticky buns to the guests around the bonfire, in the gently drizzling rain. No problem shooting the film in drizzle, just not downpour. The sticky buns are real, in fact, all the food on our plates in the film is real. Some is edible, like the salmon and pancakes. Others, like the octopus, not so much. One of the other actors hides the buns under the bench to keep them a little drier in between the longer breaks. Sticky buns, though, are very resilient and very tasty even after being drizzled on for 4 hours.
The film is Vows, https://www.facebook.com/saythevows, scheduled for release in 2016.