Episode 2 is in the books. Heads are going to start rolling. Sorry. Couldn't resist. Three characters met their fate in this episode written by our showrunner, Jeff Bell, and directed by our good friend, Sandy Bookstaver. This was also the first episode in which "the assassin" had to perform his "assassin" duties. The cast now realizes that anyone can go at any time. Lucy's death was a shock. She was in the wedding party, a member of the inner circle. You can't kill a member of the wedding party in episode 2. Oh yeah, talk to Uncle Marty. Needless to say, the cast is on good behavior.
Reverend Fain always knew he was going to work one episode, which made things easy for everyone, especially me. There would be no bad news to deliver to this lovely actor. Reverend Fain auditions went something like this, "Thanks for coming out today. Would you mind signing this confidentiality agreement? Great. Thanks. Can you read these lines for us? Great. Thanks. Are you available on these dates? Excellent. Oh, one more thing, are you OK with hanging upside down from a tree for several hours and then having your head chopped off? Fantastic. See you next week."
We had inversion tables brought in for Adam Campbell (Cal) and Terrence Kelly (Rev. Fain) to practice hanging upside down. We knew we'd have to shoot pretty fast, and anything we could do to prepare these guys would help us on the day. It helped tremendously. Adam was able to complete all of his scenes, hanging upside down, in four hours. For all those not familiar with production schedules, that's really, really, really good. Ironically, the only production delays were with the Reverend's head rolling down the hill. We couldn't get it to roll and hit its mark. At last count, 25 takes. For all of those not familiar with production schedules, that's really, really, really bad.
Kelly Seaver was the Assassin's first victim, meaning, she was the first actor I had to have "the talk" with. Anna Mae Routledge (Kelly Seaver) couldn't of handled the news any better. She was thrilled to have had this opportunity. Who can blame her? In two episodes she got to play the creepy goth girl, break up a bar fight, have fake tattoos placed all over her body, make out with sexy and mysterious J.D. Dunn, and get strung up from the rafters. Not bad. She delivered a great performance.
Burning someone to death is hard. (Yeah, I just wrote that.) Lucy's death by fire was shot 100 yards from where Uncle Marty met his demise in the first episode. Creepy. We dug a giant pit in the middle of the forest. At the bottom of the pit were trap doors that our Stunts and FX crew can enter in and out of. We soaked every inch of our stuntwoman's body with a fireproof gel. Every inch. We put her in the pit, and lit her on fire. Two cameras were rolling. As soon as Sandy yelled "cut," a bunch of guys with fire extinguishers ran through the trap doors and put her out. One take. I repeat, 1 take. For those not familiar with production schedules, that's really, really, really, really... really good.
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