Poagao's Journal

Absolutely Not Your Monkey

Dec 16 2005


We didn’t get all of the jeep stuff done last time, so we had to go back over the course of a couple of weekends to get all of Maurice’s stuff done before the weather turned too nasty. The first weekend was iffy, as it was raining throughout Taiwan the day we were down there, but we still got a few shots done. In order to get up the hill faster, Dean and I hung on to the sides of Doug’s jeep on the steep bits, where it was pretty hard to hang on. Dean got a bloody hand in the effort, in fact. I got a shot of the jeep driving over the camera, which is fine as it has more than enough clearance. In between squalls I wiped the lens off, the rest of the camera in rain gear, and got shots of Maurice in the back of the jeep, jumping out the back of the jeep, rolling in the grass, and reacting to an explosion. For the explosion we created “debris” by throwing things, including the jeep’s spare tire, at Maurice. This was a lot of fun. Another high point was when we shot Maurice’s leg getting shot. The sun came out just as we were ready with the squib, glinting off the spraying blood.

That was about all we could do that weekend, but the next weekend was much better, almost too much better, as there wasn’t a cloud in the sky, and the other weekends featured overcast skies. Hopefully the audience won’t care too much about the changes in weather, and we can fix it to a degree in post. Norm, who was in Clay Soldiers, agreed to come down with us and be a cigar-smoking, Hawaiian-shirt-wearing henchman. He did a great job, as did Doug. At one point we shot a struggle between Maurice, Doug and Norm, after Maurice shoots Doug’s gun out of his hand, which they went at with great gusto. Another time we needed a red jeep to drop off our henchmen. There was a hill-climbing contest going on just up the mountain, and we got one of the guys to help us out.

I’m not going to even try to explain this.

So we finished that scene and crossed it off the list. Now, it being he holidays, with sucky weather, people on vacation, and other various reasons, we’re taking a little break. Same thing happened last year, so it’s not really a surprise. We’ll probably start pushing the pace again after Chinese New Year’s, depending on what locations we can find. In the meantime, have a Merry Christmas.

posted by Poagao at 3:24 pm  


  1. Man, that Doug is handsome. What a great actor.
    Maurice and Norm are not too bad either.
    Really, it was a fun couple weekends and I would do it again in a blink. It was fun for the kids too, as they got to see how a movie is made. A real educational experience. Thanks to all and I know it will be a great film.

    Comment by D.G. — December 18, 2005 @ 8:06 am

  2. Thanks for your help, Doug. We all had a great (and productive) time thanks to your participation.

    Comment by TC — December 21, 2005 @ 7:40 am

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