There is a buzz in the air at Sandrina’s on Arsenal. I’m huddled up at a table with some other extras and a side-burned, leather-jacketed casting rep who tells me I remind him of Chris Farley…minus the drug addictions of course. Quiet is called for and the final scenes of Love Stalker; an UNromantic comedy are set-up and shot.
Even though they’re the final scenes, they won’t be the last ones to be shot. For that they call in the trusty volunteer extras! I see familiar faces from my previous night as an extra on Love Stalker and even one from The Lady, The Devil, and the Dealer. We’re placed at the end of the bar, given mocktails and directed to look sad. I tried to conjure up images that would bring out my inner melancholy-the one that keeps cropping up is the thought of how much George Clooney would’ve been paid to sit at the bar. It works-and my sad face even gets a chuckle from the Director of Photography.
“Cut” is called and its off to a corner of Sandrina’s to change shirts for the next shot at the bar while the crew sets the lighting. I ditch my black golf shirt for a white t-shirt and plaid flannel. This time I’m in the closest stool to the camera. Next to me is the lovely Jwo, drummer/vocalist for up-and-coming punk band Nasty Cat Bath-who will be playing at the Ivory Theater on October 11th so go check them out! Jwo and I share silent “I have no idea what you’re saying but I’m going to react to it anyway” conversations while the takes roll.
And then its finished. There is a sigh of relief from the cast and an explosion of applause bounces off the walls as we celebrate together. Co-writer/producer/director Brian “Bowls” MacLean aptly sums it up on his facebook page with “Well I can officially say we have a MOVIE! Matt Glasson (the other co-writer/producer/director AND star of the film) could drop dead today, and we could still fill in the missing bits with the back of Christan’s head.”
All that’s left now is pick-up shots and the wrap party. Soon Love Stalker will be out and about the festival circuits and hopefully soon to a neighboorhood theater where you all can enjoy the labor of the cast & crew’s dedication. I found the set of Love Stalker to be an upbeat and friendly place filled with creative vibes and camaraderie, and I look forward to the next time I can work with this group of incredibly talented people!
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