Posted by Terry on September 26, 2012

Monday – the start of Week 2 of Shoot for Reel and Day 5 of shooting. Amazingly, all the actors came back for more scenes in a black bus on a hot summer day. Their dedication astounds me. I know they’re looking forward to seeing the bus get bloodied up in its second transformation. From an ordinary yellow school bus, it became a black post-apocalyptic transport bus last week. Today, it becomes a bloody disaster scene.

But first thing in the morning, the bus looks normal on the inside (except for the bars on the windows) as Director Scott Belyea talks to the actors before the first scene.

Director Scott Belyea talking to actors on bus

Another sunny day as Scott talks with DOP Scooter Corkle and Script Supervisor (and intern) Mary Jo Van Order at the same County road location where shooting ended on Saturday.
Script confab

Between shots, a fan airs out the bus and cools it down for cast and crew before the next shot.
fan and bus

Survivor actor Tenille Millsap enjoys a moment in front of the fan before getting back on the bus for the next shot.
Tenille getting on the bus

Dustin Shaffer with the blood and mucus that Makeup Artist Charity Hudak has prepared.
Dustin with blood and mucus

Production Assistant Tom Haiworonsky already has blood on his arm as intern Rebeka Binder walks past. Charity has warned that the fake blood recipe she’s used will stain clothes.
Tom and Rebeka

Art Director Joelle Lawton talks to Survivor Actor Kelly Thomas behind the Visa Truck Rentals cargo van we used for hauling costumes and props during the shoot. Kelly’s waiting for her turn to have blood and mucus spattered all over her.
Joelle and Kelly

Survivor Actor Morgan Dettling prepares for Charity’s blood splats while Making-of Director (and Associate Producer) Mike Bourree records it. Jessica Schultz still hasn’t opened her eyes in case there’s more blood coming her way.
Charity's bloodbath time

Tennyson D’Onofrio (Son) seems to be getting the worst of it.
Charity and Tennyson

Survivor Actors Seanna Quinn and Jannon Farnsworth look forward to nine more hours of shooting before they can wash the sticky make-up off.
Seanna and Jannon

We were very fortunate to have Ernie Thatchuk agree to play the President’s chauffeur and to drive his own New Yorker for the role. Dustin Shaffer (President) carries the gas mask he had to wear for this scene.
Ernie and Dustin

Dustin in his gas mask.
Dustin in gas mask

We were also very fortunate to have the use of Jay Gunnarson’s Hummer which his daughter Danica drove. Her puppy Kiki guards the vehicle during a break in shooting.
Kiki guarding the Hummer

Lloyd Piehl (Sergeant) waits for his cue for action.Lloyd and Hummer

Patrick Gerber (Soldier) in the uniform provided by March Forth.
Patrick as Soldier

Finally, it is the bus’s turn for Charity’s makeover skills.
Charity transforming the bus

Danica (Hummer driver) holds Kiki as Colin Galloway (Soldier) playfully tugs at the puppy’s ear, but Kiki was too tuckered out to play after a long day on set.
Tired Kiki

We had to stop shooting and let traffic go through on occasion, but knew we were in the country when a horse and rider came through as well.
horse and rider on set

With a fresh spattering of bloody make-up, Lorraine Cook (Hardened Survivor) is ready for the final few hours of shooting for the Survivors on the bus. She is proud that she can now add “barfing on cue” to her actor’s resume.
Lorraine in bloody make-up

Brandon Carpenter (Suspicious Survivor) got an extra big helping of the red stuff thrown at him.
Brandon covered in blood

Mike Bouree put on a Survivor costume to protect his clothes from the blood dripping from the ceiling as he captures footage of the carnage on the bus for his behind-the-scenes Making-of video.
Carnage on bus

While it’s the last day for the Survivor actors, the Soldiers and others will be back again tomorrow to wrap up shooting with the much anticipated night scenes with a flamethrower.
Soldiers relaxing

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