It's the start of Episode 9, and this crew is exhausted. I don't blame them. We've been working crazy hours, dealing with bad weather, and to make matters worst, in order to meet our budgetary requirements, we've started shooting the last few episodes in seven days, as opposed to the standard eight days. The cast has been extraordinary. Those that are still around are thrilled to be here, and their energy and excitement is helping to motivate the crew. As you can see in the last two episodes, we're going through a stretch of night shooting. You can't shoot a horror show without night work, and it helps that it starts getting dark in Vancouver by 4 PM.
In this episode we had to kill off two characters, shoot a pretty intense fight scene between Henry and Shane, build a tunnel section of the Candlewick Inn, fire shotguns in tunnels, build a utility shaft and grate for Madison and Abby's escape, and shoot it all in seven days. Craig Baxley, our director for Episode 9, stepped up big time. A former stuntman, Craig helped Marny Eng, our Stunt Coordinator, choreograph the fight scene that literally took us three days to shoot. Yes folks, three days... and in three different locations. We first shot all the wide shots at the actual location, the Candlewick Inn, and over the next five days, Craig took Chris Gorham (Henry) and Ben Cotton (Shane) and shot all their close ups in various locations. Did I mention we shot all the wide shots in one hour? Movie magic. Brilliant.
The next hurdle was going to be the tunnels. Where do we find production friendly tunnels in Vancouver? Where do we find production friendly tunnels anywhere? Easy. Build them. Mark Freeborn, our Production Designer, and Tony Wohlgemuth, our Art Director, and their team, built the greatest tunnels anyone has ever had the pleasure to work in. In fact, they built us three tunnels. A tunnel for Sully and Danny to find poor Beth, one for Abby to crawl through and fire her shotgun, and a tunnel for Abby to get pulled by her legs. I love these guys. But wait, they weren't done. The shaft that Madison and Abby climb up to signal Trish and Shea, they built that too. It was massive. All of it shot on our sound stage. Because it was raining so hard, I asked them to build me an Ark to get me the hell out of Vancouver, but they mumbled something about budget constraints, and me being a foolish American, etc. Whatever.
Oh, almost forgot. In the midst of all this tunnel building and fight choreographing, I had to sit down with both Claudette Mink (Katherine Wellington) and Amber Borycki (Beth) and deliver the bad news. Claudette didn't understand why SHE wasn't the killer, then proceeded to grill me into telling her who the killer is. I didn't break. Amber was also great about it, even after I told her that she'd have to lie in a tunnel, curled up in a pool of blood. Delivering bad news to two different women at the same time, and neither of them getting mad at me... I don't feel like an Assassin, I feel like George Clooney.
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