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.
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.
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.
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.
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.