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Finally a long awaited 'Casting Call' I recieved from Marty Keener Cherrix
It has been a while since a film project that looked interesting, has been posted on nmfilm.com. Most are 'political agenda' films about whatever greivance is on the screen writers mind. In other words 'Propaganda' films like the communist countries spew about the 'Glorious Utopian state of Communism'. Boy I wish some of the old writers were around to just make some fun stuff.
One really fun movie we did here in NM, was Disney's 'WILD HOGS'
Many old films are of course on 'pay for view' and trailers are on YT. I spend a little time each evening watching trailers of John Wayne, Clint Eastwood and many others of 'just for entertainment' value. I have no idea why we should subject ourselves to the endless new trash films and their drivel, after being bombarded endlessly with talking heads and other MSM agenda, proclaiming that we need so and so for president because we are such stupid people and need 'CHANGE'.
This entire year has been an election from hell, pre-ordained by the media as to who is the winner. Guess we don't really need an election. The Main Stream Media has already picked the winner of 'The Leader of The World'.... This has been the longest campaign in human history, or at least it seems that way. I'm filled up to the top of my hat (I wear a big one) with campaign promises and the mass media telling us exactly what we need.
End of Rant, back to the Casting Call for 'MY ONE AND ONLY'
Renee Zellweger is staring this time with Kevin Bacon
Going by that very rough estimate, I would venture to say that easily well over a thousand, possibly two thousand, 'Stardom Hopefuls' were applying for a position in this film. The line, as always, has people from every walk of life, waiting in anticipation. Many telling their own stories of past academy award winning performances in the 'background' of previous films. Of course they all are 'Stardom Bound' and freely let every person around them know about it..
On this particular day at the Holiday Inn, I was not early for 'the Call'. Usually I arrive very early and see many friends from previous films. That is really fun because we recall past 'bloopers' we all have done. I arrived at about 4:15pm It was about 5:30 when I left, after a quick picture taking and 'drop off' of the required headshot and 'data' sheet. While in line I did meet a man and his wife from 'Hamlett II' last fall. We worked a scene taking a delivery from the back of a truck. His wife was walking across the parking lot at that time. Naturally we repeated that scene many times to get it just right. That's how we remember each other so easily after months pass by.
In the line today, I met a woman from Southern California. Her experience out there was in the TV show recording sessions. They only use certain sizes of people, usually shorter and petite, as well as limiting them to a particular age, primarily younger. She said she didn't fit many profiles used in that sense. Her aim since moving to NM is to be seen in filming as an American Indian. NM does many films in her category, as well as hispanic, so maybe she will be happier here. I asked her if she checked nmfilm.com
Now the wait for the official call from the casting agency as to where and what time to report for duty near the end of July (if called). This will be filmed for about 3-4 weeks here. One lunch meal is provided for the 8 to 10 hr days. 7.50 per hour and OT after 8 hrs.
Judging by the terms listed, this is definetly a low budget film? NOT. We were served an excellent breakfast and lunch. I was so mistaken after reading the preliminary statement. Everthing was great and both meals were well catered.
The bigger films have at least two meals, and many times three, along with numerous snacks. In line, we also talked about the latest Terminator Salvation
I will know and of course blog some more about 'My One and Only' after (and if) I get called. The famous last farewell among us, as we all leave the 'call'. "SEE YOU ON SET"!
added note 7-23; Sora just called for 'wardrobe', tomorrow July 24 at 10:40 am. I am to be a western figure in the movie within the movie? sounds interesting......"See You On Set"...See, It works.
Update July 24th; the 'Wardrobe Fitting' at 10:40 am, was at the old Phillips Electronic mfg facility. Nice building now used for the filming industry (Phillips electronic technology was outsourced, what's new?) Andrea signed me in. My 1878 looking wardrobe is similiar to that worn by Billy the Kid in that famous old photo. Not quite sure about a prop. (rifle?) Monday 28 July is our 'day in the sun' at Bonanza Creek Ranch, 30 miles south of Santa Fe where We worked on Comanche Moon. We have to be 'on set' at 4 am. If breakfast and lunch is good, I will take it back about low budget. Many stars, so maybe it will turn out better than I thought. Berlinda gave me a hair cut, said I looked a little too shabby. Lorie from past wardrobe fittings did her usual fun job to get me 'lookin good'. I will blog the happenings as I see them on the day of the shoot of course, so come back.
Latest update 7-28; After a 60 mile (96km) drive from ABQ to Santa Fe New Mexico, turning off I-25 at La Cienega, to backtrack to Bonanza Creek Ranch
Tom, the sign painter from Appaloosa, was dressed like a Teamster from 1954. Jarrel was the Assayer in Appaloosa. Pretty Rachael from Swing Vote is a 'townsperson'. Fernie who spent years in Taos NM as a professional ski bum, is now a PA on the set. As always happens on set, I found some new friends as well. Two young 'Cowhands' are planning to make a film themselves this coming year. It is about the Salt Wars of El Paso and is of historical relevance. The True West Magazine author will be involved, so accuracy should be observed. We three had our picture taken dressed in 'Character'. If the picture makes it to my em, I will stick it on this post as well as on the more recent Lincoln County 'Billy The Kid post'.
The prop man gave me a cartridge belt and holstered 'Iron' to wear. Not a very fast rig, but efficient like they all are. His explicit instructions were to keep it holstered at all times or it will be taken away from me. My character stands talking with others on the walkway near a corner. When the alarm is loudly voiced as the bad guys hit town, we run back into the store doorway. I place my hand on my 'Iron' and back into the doorway as if expecting trouble.
We did this about ten times to get the shot perfect. This is the movie within the movie. One man stepped fast behind a horse and was kicked right in the chest, which sent him flying. They took him to the ER for a checkup. My favorite PA was working on set in another capacity today. Rebecca is a hard worker that you may recall from my previous 'movie' postings.
The film equipment from the 1954 era was somewhat the star in todays brief segment. Many 1954 and earlier cars and trucks were on set today. some of the background stayed and changed wardrobe for the airline passenger scene. at least one of the young 'cowhands' is playing both roles so watch for him.
There will be no further need of this Geezer after todays 'wrap'. We were taken by van to base camp for chow about 11:30am. We were released about 1:00pm which makes an 8 hr day. The 4am arrival was even acceptable..no traffic, nice and dark.
Another pleasant surprise this afternoon, Elizabeth Gabel called and asked if my name was spelled correctly on her records. Elizabeth was my Casting Agent for Appaloosa. It seems that Ed Harris, our Star, Director and Producer wants my name in the credits. Now that will be something new. guess I will have to buy many copies of that DVD for sure, stopping it every time to see my name. Check out the blog post listed in the right sidebar, APPALOOSA. As Elizabeth said when she called me for the part as 'The Carpenter', Two P's two O's.
New revelation dated July 29th. Sora called from Cherrix Casting and wanted this Geezer back on thursday but plans were already in place for that day :<( Nice to be 'wanted'.
Isn't life in the USA fun? "One Nation Under GOD"