"BORDERTOWN" ("BORDERCROSS")

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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 6:20 am

K Hale wrote:
RLC-GTT wrote:But tomorrow would be a busy shoot with call time set at 7:45 A.M. We needed to have the gate open and me at the village by 7:30 for the first full day of filming.

I can hardly believe you survived that. Looking forward to tomorrow!

I wonder what role the AV front gate plays in the movie...

I'll never tell. :lol:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 4:57 pm

The first scenes shot in the morning were inside the sheriff's office and jail -- used in the script as La Viuda Loca saloon and "cage" where the two abducted teens are being held prisoner before being picked up by helicopter and spirited away to slavery in the far East. Since all of these scenes were dialogue scenes and the set is very cramped, sound recordist Teddy Hallaron (who has been here for five movies) set up his tent outside. The close-ups are of Teddy at his sound recording console and DJ, the director of photography, in the jail window. He was not doing time. He was setting up the production plan from their shot list and directing his lighting and grip teams.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:19 pm

Now, Chuck (center) is giving final directions to the two actors playing the parts of the bad guys who are holding the teens and getting ready for rehearsal and filming. The sunlight spilling in through the windows on the right is actually two lighting instruments out on the porch, one aimed at each window and carefully set to provide the "sunlight" on the table and floor. My interior shooting is all without flash, hence the very shallow depth-of-field and soft focus.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:37 pm

With rehearsal finished, Chuck took his seat behind the monitor (he is off-camera right) and they went for the first take. The actual camera angle and actor are seen on the monitor.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:47 pm

Meanwhile, outside, young actor Connor Pryce, who plays Jamie (one of the abducted teens), sits for make-up by key make-up artist Shelby Janes in preparation for the next set of scenes which will be exteriors. He watches the shoot going on inside the building on Teddy's monitor. The fellow in the green shirt is Fernando Lamas' stunt and picture double, and a very amiable guy.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 5:55 pm

Inside the set, scenes continue to be filmed all morning. This one is including actor Shawna Craig (Lorenzo Lamas' real-life wife) standing next to Chuck. Notice special effects at the bottom shooting a little fog into the room to enhance the lighting effect -- a very popular visual style dating back to the seventies and Spielberg and equally as strong in period series on modern TV. The director of photography (with the camera support brace on) is sitting on the "applebox" above the jet of fog discussing the camera angle with Chuck and the actors. The big guy on the right is Kelly Herrin, the key grip. He has a grip service in Hollywood and also takes his truck full of grip equipment anywhere in the country to service low budget indies and does not charge them for mileage or gas. He's quite a guy.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 7:33 pm

DJ finally gets freed from shooting interiors and comes outside to begin the prep for the exterior filming on Front Street. Here you can see his unique camera support. The camera is literally hung from the hook over his head, distributing its weight around his body, and he simply moves it around in front of him without having to hold it. It is by no means a SteadiCam that would eliminate jiggle, just a smoother, weight-free way of doing a "hand-held" shot. In the second photo, Chuck has come out and begins laying out the plan with his team for the first exterior scene of the day. Other cast members that were not needed for the interior scenes arrive on set and are prepped for filming. In the next photo, Mark Hanson, who plays Jose in the film, poses for my camera. He reminds me so much of an old friend from State College that I had to get a picture of him to send to others who might remember him.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:12 pm

Also arriving is Elisha Kriis who plays Tara, the other abducted teen thrown together with Jamie (Connor Pryce) in the story line. Here's Elisha with Lauren (the birthday girl from the sunset shots at the Waynamo) who runs the set for the director. Elisha is from India and has quite a track record. Check out her Facebook page which already has some photos from the Bordertown shoot: https://www.facebook.com/kriiselisha
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:17 pm

Of course, the stills photographer Dana Walsh saw this wonderful photo op for Elisha, and I could do nothing but comply. :oops:

Kidding aside, Elisha is a very sweet and well-educated young lady, and did a fine acting job in the film.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 8:43 pm

Meanwhile, the stage is just about set for the big action scene in the film involving a faux Border Patrol van, the bad guys and the teens. (Sorry, no story details will be revealed.) Teddy moved his sound gear across the street under the canopy of the Cantina along with Chuck's monitor and the script supervisor's position since the other side of the street would be totally in the scene now. Jamie Shahan Rains (Alamo Village owner) and husband Walt spent two days here during filming and watch the set-up from a short distance down the street. With them is Duke Meek, a local who was Brackett location manager for the film and made all arrangements for accommodations, food, other locations... a helicopter...
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:08 pm

Finally, lunch break -- always six hours into a 12-hour day. Producer Sam Cable tells Duke that he can't have any pizza because, "Duke, you're not IN this picture!" Meanwhile, one of the crew decides to "only have desert," and director Chuck Walker assumes an uncharacteristic grumpy pose. After all, he didn't get any cake!
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:14 pm

The key to producing a low budget motion picture is that all involved understand that none will have Hollywood-type luxury. Here, wardrobe assistant Dana Cowden makes do with an ironing board for a computer station and John Wayne's "Republic" alcove for an office, wardrobe storage and changing room.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:20 pm

The rest of the day was spent filming the action scenes on Front Street as the two teens try to make their getaway.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 9:27 pm

When the company left for the night, Duke willingly served as night watchman over the Cantina in spite of not getting any pizza. What a guy!

More later. If you haven't followed this from the beginning, go back a page.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby cc nolen on Wed Apr 22, 2015 10:19 pm

RLC-GTT wrote:Of course, the stills photographer saw this wonderful photo op for Elisha, and I could do nothing but comply. :oops:

Kidding aside, Elisha is a very sweet and well-educated young lady, and did a fine acting job in the film.

Isn't she a little old for you Rich? :shock: - - - :lol:

Nice work Kristi and Rich - many thanks
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:08 pm

In many ways. :lol:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby MUSTANG on Wed Apr 22, 2015 11:59 pm

Way cool, Rich. Thanks for all the photos and commentary.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Thu Apr 23, 2015 12:02 am

It ain't over yet. I'm just resting. ;)
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby Seguin on Thu Apr 23, 2015 4:52 am

Thanks, rich! It´s interesting to see how they go about shooting a movie.

RLC-GTT wrote:Of course, the stills photographer saw this wonderful photo op for Elisha, and I could do nothing but comply. :oops:

Kidding aside, Elisha is a very sweet and well-educated young lady, and did a fine acting job in the film.


She can abduct me any day! :D
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby cc nolen on Thu Apr 23, 2015 3:01 pm

Who can resist :shock:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby Seguin on Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:31 am

cc nolen wrote:Who can resist :shock:


We all got our charm, I guess. :roll:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:15 pm

You guys have faaaaaaaaar too much time on your hands. :lol:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby cc nolen on Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:33 pm

Rich...you're just jealous of my new coat Hans made me! :lol: .... I never have to photo shop his pic....he has to with my pics! ;) :D
The Lesson is: be careful when putting on a coon hat! LOL!!! ;)
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Fri Apr 24, 2015 3:52 pm

I just want to see you -- or anybody -- walk with all that steel on! One good push off balance, and they'd be down for the count -- except perhaps Danny Trejo. :lol:
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:33 am

Very early call in the morning -- 6:30 for us. Chuck got to the set first and used the time to study the script. When Corbin and DJ arrived, they began to plan the day. To keep from bothering them, I went in the Cantina and blew feathers with Duke.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby NefariousNed on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:41 am

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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:48 am

One of the sequences shot this day was a highly dramatic moment when the teens (kneeling on the stunt pad -- Elisha Kriis and Connor Pryce) are in captivity and threatened with the life of the boy's father (Lorenzo Lamas, standing out of the shot to the right in the black shirt). Gary Parker, the second unit cinematographer, shoots a two-shot with a shoulder-mounted Arri Alexa digital motion picture camera. Corbin directs the scene as Chuck looks on. The man in the maroon shirt is Carlos Campean who plays Garza, the head bad guy in the movie.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:51 am

Standing by is Lorenzo's stunt double, Steve Blalock.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 6:55 am

After the kids do their scene, Steve doubles Lorenzo for the action of his getting shot. The large black "butterfly" is to provide lighting control for these important close shots. Corbin and Chuck discuss the action.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:03 am

During this day's shoot, the set was visited by the local news media (The Kinney County Post and The Brackett Herald) including columnist Rocio Gil (second from left -- and without a bird on her shoulder this time). They were all warmly received and engaged by the principles and hosted by Brackett location manager Duke Meek (center).
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:11 am

Chuck directs from behind the monitor on the next scene. It is an action scene where the faux Border Patrol van drives up and stops. The camera taking the shot can be seen in the second picture out in the middle of the street.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:25 am

For the last part of the day, DJ and the 1st. Unit went with Chuck and the actors up to the Alamo parking lot to shoot a scene where the helicopter arrives to pick up the teens and spirit them off to slavery in the far East. I stayed down at the village with the 2nd. Unit and Corby to shoot a scene where wounded Lorenzo Lamas staggers toward the church. In the second and third photos, the unit shoots a P.O.V. (Point of View) shot of the grass as Lorenzo will be seeing it as he staggers while they wait for Lorenzo to finish with the first unit and join them.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:34 am

If you look close, you can just make out the helicopter hovering over the Alamo parking lot in the distance. This was as close as I got due to staying with the 2nd. Unit. :(
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:44 am

Corbin sets up a scene in the church in which Lorenzo staggers in and sits in a pew. In the first photo, a stand-in takes the place of Lorenzo until he returns from the helicopter unit while Corbin sets up the first shot. In the second photo, Lorenzo has arrived and waits patiently outside until the tech set up is complete, and finally rehearses the scene (last photo) while Dana Walsh, the stills photographer, takes the opportunity to catch some publicity stills.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:55 am

The final set-up of the day -- "the martini shot" -- is up at the Alamo parking lot. Chuck directs and DJ shoots a close up through the windshield of the Border Patrol van of Carlos Campean in a key scene. Sound recordist Teddy Hallaron jumped in to keep DJ from sliding backwards off the hood. They finished the shot and went home, ending Day Three of the shoot.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:57 am

More to come.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby Fargo Fenwyck on Sun Apr 26, 2015 12:52 pm

Great, great, great :!: :!: :!: :D
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:51 pm

The next morning, the 2nd. Unit got rained out at Alamo Village -- and almost stranded due to almost impassable roads. While the 1st. Unit did get their scenes shot on a road near Brackettville. Meanwhile, the 2nd. Unit had fun taking pictures of the phenomenon at the village. ;)
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 7:57 pm

They had all been working very hard the last few days, and this actually came as a relief to some.
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Re: "BORDERTOWN"

Postby RLC-GTT on Sun Apr 26, 2015 8:02 pm

The next morning -- after the waters receded -- Chuck came out to finish the remainder of the shoot at Alamo Village. These folks shot the whole movie in 12 production days (4-1/2 at Alamo Village) -- a script that a normal Hollywood company would have done in at least four weeks. Since, on any production, the pace is always set by the director, I have to hand it to Chuck Walker for slamming through this shoot at breakneck speed while still maintaining group morale and excitement. He is quite special in this regard. Corbin Timbrook of course also performed miracles with the 2nd. Unit.
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