Shot on location in the beautiful town of St
Augustine--known as the oldest city
in America (Ponce De Leon and all that
jazz). We shot all over the town. The
picture with John Doe
our lead in front of the car (which was
supposed to my characters town car) was shot
at a sprawling estate from the chocolate
Whetstones. This estate was so
sprawling you couldn’t even see where
their land ended and it was right behind
this major tourist attraction called, "The
Alligator Farm." I wonder who
was their first The Alligator Farm or The
had to stop action a few times when an
announcer was taking his tour-group around
to explain thru a very loud MIC, "All
about the alligators" to different
tour-groups. By the way, if you go there,
honest to g-d they have a zipline that will
take you high above but still over a bunch
of open mouths who probably would be
thrilled to see you fall in their lagoon.
I'm just saying....
Cinematographer was brought in from London--Peter
Berglund whose credits include the
recent "A Star Is
Born" (well I just wanted you to
know which version) and "Iron
Man 1 and 2."
am thrilled to say that this is "the
first" time I have ever worked with
my husband, John
Byner, on a motion picture. He
plays (if you saw the original movie) Majak--a
man so evil that even I playing Catherine
Phillips, a socialite but evil to
the bone as well, says, "I never want
to know what that man is thinking."
We didn’t have any scenes together but
it was great just having the chance to be
on location doing the same project.
the majority of my scenes were with John
Doe (also a well known musician and
founder of the L.A. punk band, "X")
He has countless credits. When they told
me who the lead was going to be I thought
they were using the name John
Doe to keep the real stars name a
secret, and then to my surprise, I looked
him up and tah-dah a host of things he has
done as a songwriter, actor, etc.
was wonderful to work against and gave me
so much range to deliver my character. He
told me this is his "first lead"
and all I can say is I couldn’t imagine
anyone else doing this role, except the
original guy Edmond
O'Brien, but John made it his own.
of the longest shoots was at this private
airport in St Aug with a 1939 plane. It
was painted Elizabeth Arden Red and the
owners had shellacked it for two days. It
was a beauty. I think we shot till 3AM.
Its funny how your adrenaline kicks in
just when your feeling a bit
fatigued...or...wait a minute maybe it was
the Coke (as in Cola) I drank at 2AM but I
was wired for sound.
Paola Duque. Maybe you can see a hint of the plane
in the background.
I liked about the entire shoot was that our
director had a vision and everyone on the
crew to the actors on board was totally with
it. There were no egos. Of course,
"there is always one," as John
Doe said to me as we were shooting
our scene in the middle of the night at the
airport. This one actor, who was very very
good--a New York actor that I would bet has
studied the Meisner Method or Actors Studio
Technique. Well around 1 AM we were now
ready for him and he wanted to know his
motivation for driving up, getting out of
his car and delivering a couple of lines.
What did James Cagney
say, "You plant your feet on the
floor...You look them straight in the eye...
and you tell them the truth."