It’s been a long journey full of lots of laughs, but I am finally wrapped on my 5th Scorpio Film Releasing film, The Disco Exorcist. I would say that the last day of filming was definitely one of the most fun. The last scenes to be shot were those that took place at the orgy – that’s right, I said orgy. Yes, that means lots of naked men and women walking around enjoying their nakedness. The extras chosen for this scene were really fantastically good sports. Everyone had a great time and was able to keep a straight face and make it through, to spite all the possible silliness that could come around from so much nudity. And in the midst of it all, Michael Thurber, making his film debut, gave an absolutely wonderful performance as Marque. I’ve had the pleasure of working with Michael previously in the play, Postmortem. He is always an absolute pleasure to work with – immensely talented and an absolute sweetheart.
Not only did the shoot go well, but many of our good actor friends, such as Eric Eastman came by to say hi, show their support, and help out on the set. It’s always such a pleasure to be around people that you really care about but rarely get to see. One of the downsides of always being busy I guess…
While this is my 5th film with this family, it was also a first in many ways as well. This was the first time I had worked on film. While the picture ended up being shot in HD as the final format, it started off being shot on Super 8mm. Having never worked with film before, this was a really great experience. There are many differences between the two medium in terms of the way to set functions and the flexibility that is gives to the actor to play around. It was definitely a learning experience and I am certainly glad to have gotten a chance to work with it.
This was also the first film I worked on that was shot almost completely on a sound stage. Most films I’ve worked on are shot on a location, but for Disco, 90% of the sets were built. This was also a fantastic experience because it was great to walk into the same building everyday and see a completely new room. It allowed for lots of customization since everything could be built to the exact vision and specification of the production team, and it also allowed for a very comfortable shooting environment as there were no business owners watching over our shoulders to see that nothing got broken or that we were going to be out on time. The sound stage really became a second home for us – god knows we probably spent more time there than we did at home anyway!
The filming may be over, but the memories will live forever. This project is going to shock a whole lot of people. It’s a really fun and wild ride with excellent performances, beautiful sets, and some really entertaining scenes. Stay tuned to find out more about when the premiere will be!