|Photos by Andrew Bellware.|
Now, some will argue that what I was experiencing was not by any stretch a real film set. Craft services consisted of Chinese take-out and a stunning abundance of snack foods and sodas. We were filming in the warehouse space of a railing-design workshop (right next to the bundled set of the recent tragically short-run Les Miserables). And, believe it or not, I worked without a trailer. That's as may be, but it's the closest I have yet to come to a real film set, and I think all the major elements were there. For example: A crew of really smart and funny people (myself excluded, naturally) got together, played pretend, and someone recorded the whole experience.
|Mercs + android.|
To be a bit more succinct: It's good fun, done well, and I can't complain at all about getting to play around in a genre and process that I've enjoyed since I was about eleven years old.
It's made even easier by enjoying all the folks whom I've thus far met. In no particular order, there's:
- Nat Cassidy, as a medic a bit out of his depth.
- Virginia Logan, as the hard-scrabble, near-invincible leader of the merc crew.
- Juanita Arias, as a scrappy merc.
- Sarah-Doe Osborne, as an elite prototype android.
- Tom Rowen, as a cocky, quasi-rock-a-billy merc.
- Joe Chapman, as the heavily-armed, bulldog merc - also the set designer.
- Libby Csulik, amazing do-it-all-er.
- David Ian Lee, as the maniacally handsome Colonel (David also co-wrote the first draft of the script with Mr. Cassidy).
- And Mr. Andrew Bellware, as a maniacally maniacal director who occasionally seems to be having even more fun than I am (and the aforementioned Ms. Laura Schlachtmeyer, keeping him in check).
HOW FUN. IS THAT? (Answer: VERY FUN.)
|"It's quiet...TOO quiet..."|