Within Pop-Up is the climactic scene from a z-grade slasher flick titled Bloodgate, involving a tent, a toothbrush, and some really cheesy lines.
Bacon double cheeseburger deluxe, baby.
This was an all-night shoot shot in the tiny coastal village where I grew up, so it was great to go and hang out there and soak up the atmosphere. Ahhh, the serenity; so much serenity.
Until we showed up, of course. A few carloads of people, camera gear, lighting rigs, props, and a slow cooker full of meat and veg to feed the entire crew. We started at about 5pm and, after a night soaked in caffeine and fake blood, left at 5.30am. It was an intense night but the whole team pulled together through exhaustion (and through swarms of bees and cicadas) to get it all done. Here’s our fantastic director, Stu, contemplating the serenity.
Storyboarding a gruesome death. DOP Clinton Harn and AC Drew got the lighting rigged up early so we could start shooting as soon as darkness fell. Note the most important piece of equipment in this whole scenario: the mosquito repellant. Stu demonstrates to
victim actor Tom Dalzell how exactly one should die when stabbed with a toothbrush. See? Serenity. Storyboarding and planning with 1st AD Becks Abramovic and DOP Clinton Harn. Still planning a death. Lighting tests with requisite hipster. May Grehan and Tom get cozy by the fire before we roll camera on the first shot. Looking fresh faced at 8.30pm. Gemma watches over proceedings. May still looked fresh and gorgeous at 10.30pm; still facing 5-6 hours of shooting. Dave. Also known as Dabe. May still looked alert and alarmed at 2am, blood at the ready. Nothing beats a good blood splatter, amirite? Folks, this is how you do death-by-toothbrush. Nathan played a great crazy lunatic. The rain started at 3.30am. So did the random upright naps. There was even a 4 person snuggle train happening at one point. Makeup guru Donna fashioned up the murder weapon for this scene, and it was fantastic! This was really not the most comfortable of scenes to shoot. After a day spent asleep, the crew reconvened to shoot close ups of the moment of truth. Donna made an amazing prosthetic chin/neck with a cavity for a bottle of blood, and much hilarity was had with blood and gore.