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A Short Horror Clip

JAN 10 / 2017

 

It was a very bad winter this year... some days even -20C. Today was maybe 10 below freezing. And I agreed to have a little side role in a short horror movie/clip. I was to be a sexy ghost secretary :) I was brought to the set at 6PM, because the shoot was taking place outside the city in an abandoned research institute during the night. When I arrived it was already getting dark and the place looked quite menacing. This 3-story building with a total maze of various rooms and crooked hallways was full of stuff left behind like when you evaporate all the employees at once, and leave everything intact for 10 years. Layers of dust, open books and papers on the desks, coats on the hangers, dusty Christmas ornaments hanging on a dead tree. Calendars everywhere stopped in December 2008. Overturned cabinets, broken glass and the mess were probably caused by the occasional uninvited visitors.


 
 

The electricity was flickering in the dark long coridors, tiled in pink tile. One couldn't stop thinking what could have been going on here... what was the research? Some tiled rooms with glass walls looked really creepy... The freezing breeze was moving through. I was getting cold already, so I went to find the source and peeked through several doors. One opened to a crazy little room with a brick wall and a huge hole in it, a fireplace? I closed the door quickly tight so the wind couldn't get past this room and went back to find our retreat... the only heated place in this building was a walk in freezer.. great idea guys. It was well insulated so turning on a little spaceheater inside worked miracles. As the temperature in the building was about 5 degrees above freezing (which I think was highly overestimated) everyone was looking for this retreat every possible moment.

   
 

 

The catering was setup very conveniently on top of the dangerous waste disposal freezer (who knows what was once stored in there...) but that didn't stop anyone from enjoying all kinds of treats and snacks. The crew consisted of cameraman and his assistant, sound girl and her assistant, director, clap, two prop guys, two male actors and me.

 

 

 

My first shot was scheduled at 9PM, but as is with all moviemaking everyhing got delayed and I had to wait till 11PM to make my first appearance as a ghost. I was playing a secretary in a white shirt and a black miniskirt... had to take of my coat shortly before the camera started rolling and then jump back in it right after the first take. It was literally freezing. We did several takes in these trying conditions, untill I got the right skincolor for a ghost and when the result was satisfactory I ran back into our warm retreat.

 

 

I am sorry I couldn't have enjoyed more of the action, but the cold took me off guard and probably combined with tiredness pretty immobilized me. My next shot was supposed to be at 1AM but it moved over to 4AM. By that time I was pretty done :) I was a walking zombie. Standing in a moonlit room, flipping through some paperwork, waiting for a male guard to come by. One spaceheater on in front of me, one behind me :) trying to thaw me... Due to the time pressure we had to ommit my last shot, which I think is missing in the short movie, but there was no more time in the night left. We had to be done and out by 6AM...

 

Here is the link to the final cut.

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