2.13.98

Call: 10:30 AM

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a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow
"What gets to me is that he's drooling all over Leila's sheets."
--Sherri, about Jon sleeping over in Leila's apartment
You've Got Questions? Cherry Has Answers

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Weather: Clear. Hi: 36

Principals:
Leila, Kirk, Evy, Eddie, Ernest, Mammy,  Red, Jack, Menu Man, Preacher, Donald, Dottie, Darcy, Customer, Father of the Groom, Mother of the Groom.



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Heard It Through the Grape Wine

Betcha wonder how I knew...

With fewer than 24 hours to Valentine's Day, thoughts of love were all around.

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Kelly made Valentines for everyone, and passed them out all day long. I'm not sure who brought the chocolate hearts, but they could be found all over the place and seemed to be much appreciated. Matt Servitto brought pink heart-shaped cupcakes in to Principal Holding and passed them out to the ladies there.

He and Beth McGuire also brought news that Heath got a speeding ticket on the drive in from New York. From one of the cops who had been working the location the week before.

O, thoughts of love were everywhere...

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Set girlfriend/Set boyfriend: n Someone on the crew you maybe have a little more of a crush on than anyone else on the crew.

A: "So the talk has been about maybe playing a game on Valentine's Day. Here's what we would do: We'd get everybody in the crew... everyone in the cast, a Valentine card. A blank one. And then we'd say, like, fill it in and give it to your set boyfriend, or set girlfriend. And we're thinking, oh we'll get all the cards..."

B: "And I'm thinking, I've got such a big ego, I'm thinking I'll get all the cards..."

C: "But really they'll all end up going to some PA or someone we're not even thinking about."

B: "And then some day, a month or two from now you run into your set boyfriend on the street and you say to yourself: 'Oh, he's cute after all.' [screws up face so it looks like a dried orange] Ugh!"

A: "It's all in fun. When you work this hard you have to have fun. It's just fun. So, should we do the Valentine game?"

B: "I don't think so. How about having a Skirt Day?"

A: "You mean where all the guys, and all the girls, too, wear skirts?"

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Today was Friday the 13th, not Skirt Day. But as the weather went cold so did the thought of having everyone, men and women, wear skirts. There was the penultimate scene to be filmed, actresses wearing flimsy gowns, and a stiff chill wind blowing through the yard outside the church (see 2/24/98 entry for more background information on this scene).

This was a tracking shot. The festive wedding party exiting out to the street throwing rice, laughing, shivering. There are more than 20 people in the shot and as the afternoon wore down they were increasingly unhappy having to do additional takes.

The best way to keep warm was to put on the waiting down jackets after each take, as everyone reset. Part of resetting was sweeping up the bird seed (doubling for rice) off the sidewalk. Another part of resetting was picking the bird seed out of everyone's hair before the next take, then fixing their hair. As well as moving the camera to he beginning of the tracks and doing all the things that need to be done to get the camera ready. Like reloading, which takes 3 minutes every once in a while.

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Laurel, Issach & Kelly, Donovan, Heather and Aleksa

Cast took it upon themselves to sing Billy Idol's rock classic, "White Wedding." Somewhat surprisingly, nearly everyone knows the words. Not unsurprisingly this had limited effect keeping them warm. Spirits up, flesh cold.

After four takes Jon and Joseph offered a deal: For each additional take   required they would each take off one layer of clothing.

"We're ready to go down to bare skin if we have to," they said.

"Pants, too?"

"Pants, too."

I can report that they did nine takes of the scene. With each call for a resetting, meaning another take, came a chorus of "oohs and ahhs," as Joseph and Jon removed, in order:

                            Joe                                   Jon
                           Coat                                 Coat
                           Sweater                           Wool Shirt
                           Shirt                                 Sweatshirt
                           Long Undershirt            T Shirt
                           T Shirt                              Long Undershirt

What was amazing was that after all of that, Jon still had another four or five shirt layers left to come off.

"It's as if he came prepared to play strip poker," someone said.

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Jon and Joseph, stoic but chilly

Which brings us back around to another kind of love. Happy Valentine's Day.

And special thanks to Elizabeth, my special Valentine. I couldn't have done it without you, darlin'.

   Peter Kreutzer

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(c) 1998 Peter M. Kreutzer