Serving Sara

OPENS August 23rd

Here are some movie pixs with a friend of mine Chris Poole who is in the black hat next to one of the principals Bruce Campbell in a pivotal scene from the trailers. Also some shots of ME from the movie too!



UPDATE: Serving Sara is the new title and the film opens up on August 23, 2002 all across the nation.

Recently a friend on the net who has been in the movies invited Le Fantome to participate in being an extra on the set of a major motion picture "Servicing Sara" which was filming in the D/FW Metroplex at Will Rogers Colosseum. I asked her how one goes about being an extra? She forwarded me a letter from an email list on the net for film casting for the movie where I was asked to submit a "head shot" along with routine info such as name, address, phone, fax and availability to
film. No EXPERIENCE required.

A few days before the filming I received a call from the casting director of Servicing Sara and was asked if still interested to which I responded in the postitive. The filming was over a period of 5 days and was the final scenes in the production. My friend came up from Austin and joined me in attendance. Casting call was 7am in the morning where we entered a stadium and received W2 forms for the day along with a lavish buffet for breakfast. 500 folks showed up for the shoot which was a crowd scene at a fictional Monster Truck Show. The compensation was about $85 a day plus breakfast and lunch buffets and all the snack as the snack bar we could carry back to the stands.

The movie starred Matthew Perry from "Friends" who played a process server, Elizabeth Hurley playing a wife suing for divorce and her husband played by Bruce Campbell. Our heroes Matthew and Elizabeth have chased her husband, Bruce across the country and now into the midst of a Monster truck show where he tries to get lost in the crowd. They have a deadline to service him with the papers and time is running out. The director asks the crowd to do specific behaviors--looking up at the Diamondvision TRinitron standing, cheering on their favorite truck, booing the opponent, waving flags, signs and foam cowboys hats. Sometimes doing this in pantomime and other time in voice. We cheered on the antics of El Toro Diablo...known in the Monster Truck World as THe TERMINATOR and the aerobatics of the West Hollywood Motorcycle stunt team. Along with pyrotechnics and exciting jumps and Monster trucks demolishing cars and chasing our heroes over a period of 5 days shooting over 50 separate scenes vital to the final 5 minutes of the climax of the movie.

Contact personally with the stars was forbidden but camera were allowed and were used when not filming. We were ably directed by the 1st and 2nd Assistant Directors and got a real feel on how movies were made. Today's movies use up to 4 or more camera and the stunts were dangerous and pretty well orchestrated. One accident nearly occurred in our shoot as a truck barely missed the stunt double running in front of it when the truck lost control and plowed into a wall. I found great respect for these doubles and editors who put what seems like endless pieces of film together to bring it to the screen for you. It was far more technical than just reality. The stars are just that stars...treated like fine china...and all the perks...the directors chair--the crew bringing them snacks---but working hard, take after take after take of the same scene. The final love scene had over 25 takes....such a life!



View pictures from the movie shoot on the next pages!

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