Why hello there internets, it’s Nick Brian Walters, resident Director Of Photography on Coyote, and purveyor of unusually long titles and names. I’ll be doing Behind The Scenes Vlogs, Interviews, and generally going insane while filming….and documenting it! So with out further ado here is day 1 :
Guest Post by Bill Oberst Jr.
So Trevor Juenger asked me to do a post on how I am preparing physically for the role of BILL in COYOTE. This request came in the form of a text from Trevor that read “You need to record your workout routine for the blog. That shit is intense.”
It seems there aren’t many filmmakers eager to give up their blood recipes. I’ve used Raimi’s tried and true karo syrup and food coloring (too thick for a sprayer) since before I can remember, but I’ve always wanted THIS:
Argento’s blood, in my opinion is the pinnacle, paramount, ultimate horror movie blood. Now who’s got a good recipe for a thin, vibrant red blood that can be pushed through a pressure sprayer system? Don’t think too long. I’ve got one right here!
“Coyote” Blood Recipe:
Makes 1 QT for sprayer:
1 QT Tomato juice from concentrate
5 packets flavor-aide (kool-aide knockoff)
2 Tbs red food coloring
2 Tbs corn starch
PS – it stains the shit out of you.
Here’s what it becomes:
You can add a drop or two of blue food coloring to give it a more “realistic” look, but why do that when you can go RED!? This shot is properly white balanced under florescent lights BTW. If you plan on tweaking the color to your picture, you might want to do different blood color tests with your color correction tests.
Scouting locations is a tough business. Carrie and I were lost for 6 hours in the Missouri Ozarks trying to make our way home from checking out a few shots from EXT. FISHING RESORT – DAY. Unfortunately, some of the shots I was hopeful for, kind of suck. It’ll take another drive out to Current River in hopes of finding a perfect shot from the bluffs of a riverbank.
This one’s good though:
31 EXT. FISHING RESORT – DAY 31
Joe and Bill both make their way cautiously across a dam at
the end of a stream. Joe leads in a pair of rubber waders.
Bill follows in a pair of rubber boots, carrying fishing
poles and tackle boxes.
I’m very glad this scene has no dialogue. Rushing water is loud.
After that scene, we’ll bust out the “Bingo Bag” and get a shot of Bill catching a fish from underwater.
It’s pretty awesome that you can get some underwater footage for less than 30 bucks nowadays. I love tiny cameras!
I shot some way cooler video than this, but that’s reserved for a short Carrie has in mind. Lens manipulation is impossible with this thing. That’s always been a problem, even with the expensive equipment. Believe it or not, there are some situations when autofocus can be your friend.
Here’s a photo of the titular character of the film, and our new house pet!
It took a lot of looking, but we found ourselves a nice coyote lookalike. The script calls for a “wild dog,” which Bill confuses for a coyote, so she’s going to get a couple of touch ups from Jim and co. to match the coyote’s natural colors a bit more.
The Coyote skin we’ve seen so much of has been made over. The insect heads (there are 3 versions now) are headed toward completion. I’m not allowed to post video, but the puppet version can move imprecisely now.
I’ve also seen a big ass fake rock. So there’s that too.
There’s still just absolutely tons of shit to do. Wardrobe is unfinished. There’s like 4 more roles left to fill. Lots of scouting still. I need a wheelbarrow to continue the grave digging. Still a good gap of storyboards, and some more special effects to complete. I might be back with some tar and frozen blood next time. Until then, STAY AWAKE!