Of course tonight is the season premier of The Walking Dead, so naturally I’m a little pumped about that. The hubs is heading off to a Cleveland Browns game for the day, but he’ll be back before the show comes on and I will have everything ready. Blankets, pillows, snacks, all the provisions.
You see… Revelation Trail was filmed close to my hometown and the winter shoot happened to be right after Christmas. I happen to be back in town at Christmas each year, so it worked out perfectly. I love zombie movies more than, well, just about any type of movie, so naturally I felt the need to send in an audition tape and headshot. Oh, and I sent in one of the boy too. Turns out they used some teens in the movie as well. You know, the zombie plague doesn’t discriminate.
So then comes the fun part. The acting part… which is actually much tougher than you might imagine. It’s not for the faint of heart or those who aren’t consummate professionals – like myself. (Anyone from the movie who might read this is laughing hysterically now, especially my friend, Don who had an actual role in the movie and is a professional.)
My son, gallantly took a bullet to the head like a pro. He had a great shot, then he went to the craft services table, ate a sub and some pizza, hung out with the other extras and got his photo taken with anyone who wanted to get their picture made with a horrifying zombie. He did a great job, it was simple as pie and he felt like the movie star he was.
Each time the sweetheart of an actor who beat me would offer up his hand, help me up and tell me what a great job I did (lying through his teeth) all the while offering up this huge smile. Then, we would get into position to start over, the director would yell “action!” and this lovely man’s grin would fall from his face and he would storm at me with shotgun in hand. It was all very confusing and disturbing. He was such a good actor it honestly freaked me out a little bit. One minute he’s helping me up, the next he’s charging at me trying to kill me. Kudos to the casting director, this guy was spot on, as the others I worked with that day.
Not so much. The next scene was shot over my corpse. I lay in a freezing field for two hours watching clouds, trying not to breathe or move while all this stuff was going on over the top of me, and it seemed really cool. I wanted to look so bad… I can’t wait to see how it all unfolds, being that I was staring at the sky playing dead I didn’t really catch that much of it.
Law & Order, just letting you know, should you need a victim to lay by a dumpster or float down the Hudson – I’m your gal.