October 13, 2005

Reelscene News- Film incentive bill jeopardized, Alabama loses movie

Read about Alabama's problem
Reelscene News- Film incentive bill jeopardized, Alabama loses movie

Luckily we didn't lose it entirely. We need to get on the ball about this.

October 7, 2005

Fun fun fun!

Well, I had an AWESOME time this week. As you can see, I got to see and participate in alot of cool stuff. I was a Stand In most of the time for David Koetchner and Gary Cole but I also did some utility stand in as well. I got to extra a little for some crowd scenes on both sides of the track for the crash and foot race scenes. I learned alot about the business from the Casting Associates and some of the PAs as well.

Oh, check this out: If you have the Forrest Gump DVD, go to the scene selections and go to #12 or "Forrest on the shrimp boat". In that general time period in the movie find the scene where Jenny almost jumps off the balcony. Take a look at the drugged out boyfriend that she has in that scene. That guy's name is Matt Rebenkoff and he was our 1st AD (he basically ran the whole show and did all the leg work while Adam made the final decisions). He was very knowlegeable and kept everybody straight. I just thought it was funny to see him in that scene.

Variety.com - Thesps race to NASCAR pic

Variety.com - Thesps race to NASCAR pic

Ferrell, Reilly, Duncan in gear for Sony laffer

Sacha Baron Cohen, John C. Reilly, Michael Clarke Duncan and Gary Cole are joining Will Ferrell in Sony's untitled NASCAR comedy, directed by Adam McKay.
Production begins next month.

Pic is the story of Ricky Bobby (Ferrell), a go-for-broke race car driver, who in races either finishes first or doesn't finish at all. Unhappy with these results, Bobby's team owner brings over Jean Girard (Baron Cohen), a French Formula One driver, who quickly becomes Bobby's biggest rival.

Reilly will play Cal Naughton Jr., Bobby's boyhood friend who teams up with him to form Thunder and Lightning, the most feared racing duo in NASCAR.

Duncan will play Lucius Washington, Bobby's crew chief.

Cole will play Reese Bobby, Ricky's estranged father who comes back into his life.

Jimmy Miller and Judd Apatow are producing. Ferrell and McKay exec produce.

Cohen, most familiar as the dimwitted Rastafarian talkshow host on HBO's "Da Ali G Show," recently lent his voice to DreamWorks AnimationDreamWorks Animation's "Madagascar."

Reilly currently stars in Disney's horror pic "Dark Water" with Jennifer Connelly. He's also in Robert Altman's bigscreen adaptation of Garrison Keillor's "A Prairie Home Companion."

Duncan, who starred in Dimension's "Sin City" with Bruce Willis, will next be seen in "D.E.B.S.," directed and written by Angela Robinson.

Cole, whose credits include DreamWorks' "The Ring Two" and Fox's "Dodgeball," recently wrapped "Crazy in Love" with Josh Harnett for Millennium Films.

Will Andy Richter and John C.Reilly

This is right after the Victory Lane scene and even though its out of focus, thats Andy Richter in the middle in green. Will is on the left in white and John is on the right in red.

18k fresnel

This is a close up of the big boy, with gels and screens, For the Victory Lane scene-camera right.

October 6, 2005

Will and kids

Here we're about to shoot a scene with Gary Cole (standing behind Will in light green) and Will (in blue) and the kids. Gary Cole is lounging on the hood of an old Chevelle drinking a beer after the race. My car actually might be in this scene, it is right behind that silver Towncar.

Sasha and Will

This scene looks like its going to be pretty funny. I won't give it away but Will and Sasha are sliding into the finish line. And there I am (taking the picture) being an extra for these scenes in the main grandstands.

Gary Cole

Sorry bout the smallness, but I didn't wanna interrupt Mr. Cole while he was rehersing so I got this shot of him. I stood in for him all morning at the fence. It was so windy that the wardrobe lady had to keep putting a jacket on him between takes. I have to say, out of all the actors there this week, he was the one I like the most, and was looking forward to seeing, and I actually got to say something to him and I stood in for him for all his scenes in Talladega.

October 4, 2005

The chair

This is Michael Clark Duncan's chair and the Shooting Title for the movie (High, Wide, and Handsome). I got to talk to Mr. Duncan once today. He was sitting on top of a mechanic's trailer for a scene in the pit and he stayed up there even when the director said that he could come down and rest and let a stand-in take his place. So, I said, "Your a real trooped staying up there!" and he said "Thanks!" -)

18k Fresnel Light at the Pit

This is some of the lighting people setting up a HUGE 18k and 12k Fresnel lamp. For those of you who don't know what this is: An 18k is used to overpower the sun in an outdoor scene and a 12k can keep the clouds from interfering with your Close Up shot (the same power as the sun). I accidently stood downwind of the 18k and there was so much heat coming out of vents that I had to move to a sunlit area to get cool. It was about 85-90 degrees today at noon.

The Director's tent

Got some early morning sun coming through on this one. Anyways... This is the director's tent where Adam (McKay) and all the important people, including most of the actors hung out. And all the Stand-Ins got to hang out right behind the tent all day. Oh yea, that guy in orange in the middle is Will Ferrell and right in front of him, just out of view is Adam McKay and John C. Reilly, who BTW is pretty hilarious. I expected him to be pretty straight forward kidof serious, considering all the roles that he's played before: (The Aviator, Magnolia, Thin Red Line, and Hoffa) but then I remembered Boogie Nights, and Whats Eating Gilbert Grape? He had everyone in stitches today with his redneck southern accent.

Panavision 35mm

This is the "A" Camera used on set today. Its a Panavision PFX-P Platinum Panaflex® 35mm camera on a nice Chapman dolly. I caught one of the loaders loading film this morning.

The Green Screen

This was a shot being set up with a huge green screen, that will be used to show an alternate view of the Talladega crowd, since there wasn't a soul at Talladega today besides us.

Got the callback!

Finally got the callback yesterday from the casting director. Looks like I'm going to be a "pit crew member" today. My friend Eric and I have to be at the Talladega Speedway at 5:30am, so I'm leaving right now. Stay tuned for pics!

October 3, 2005

Still Waiting

Well, I'm still waiting for the call from the casting director of "The Untitled Will Ferrell Racing Movie"... Apparently they didn't need many extras at Talladega this weekend because of the crowd at the race, but my father in law Chuck, played a photographer and a pit crew chief on Saturday and today. The rumor is that they are going to call in a few more extras on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday for some possible crowd scenes and maybe a bar scene. Chuck said that he saw Molly Shannon (SNL) and talked to Will about baseball in between scenes. He also saw John C. Reilly, Sacha Baron Cohen and Michael Clarke Duncan.

Keep your fingers crossed for me guys!

October 1, 2005

Welcome to CASPIAN

But I love my CVS card!!!

Welcome to CASPIAN: "CASPIAN was created to oppose a disturbing trend in the supermarket industry -- 'club' or 'loyalty' schemes. Here's how they work: Shoppers provide their name, address, phone number, and in many cases, their driver's license number, social security number, and demographic information to the store. In exchange, they are issued a numbered plastic card with a barcode on the back.

Every time they shop at the store they are encouraged to use the card so that a permanent record can be made of what they buy. In exchange for providing personal data to the store and allowing themselves and their purchases to be monitored, shoppers receive discounts on selected items as a reward for their 'loyalty.'

Though supermarkets are touting these discounts as the greatest thing that ever happened to consumers, the fact is that discounts have been around for a long time -- they used to be called 'sales' and did not require people to sign away their privacy with numbered registration cards.

Our Purpose
Many of us are uneasy, puzzled, and downright angry that supermarkets seem so anxious to register shoppers. We feel that obtaining a basic survival item such as food should not require the use of a number. We feel that information about intimate details of our lives, such as the very food we put into our mouths, should not be stored in a computer database and subject to scrutiny. If you agree with us, and want to stop corporations from strong-arming us into accepting these abuses, then you've come to the right place. "