February 2015 – Cape Town
So here we go, my first day on set! Wow I couldn’t have been more excited! I have been waiting for this day -the day I would actually be infront of the cameras doing a stunt. This is what I’ve been working towards.
Months before this I had been doing odd background Extra jobs in order to get more familiar with how things work on set. I did a quick “walk-by” in the background for one of the episodes on Homeland and was one of the thousand Mardi Gras extras in The Last Face – but this time I had my very own “Female Stunts” trailer! 🙂
I was playing one of the 8-ball characters which gets smacked into a tree by a higher angels.
So what is an Eight-ball you ask, well if you didn’t, I’m going to tell you anyways:
When a lower angel possesses a human, the body undergoes certain changes, such as the telltale black irises, dark veins and sharp teeth. The term Eight–ball is reminiscent of the completely black iris of the lower angels’ eyes that look like the black number 8 ball in a Pool Billiard game.
I therefore required prosthetics – even more exciting! A added forhead, nose and chin along with tons of veins, contact lenses and fake teeth. Here’s the 2 hour transformation from human to Eight-ball:
First the fake chin, forehead, addition to my nose (as if I really needed anymore 😛 ) and veins…
And then the contact lenses, fake teeth and teased hair. This is basically what I look like when I wake up on the wrong side of the bed.
The team from Cosmesis did one hell of a job and really made this comfortable for me while they transfermed me over the 2 hours. I’m probably going to be eating my words the next time I’m in the chair for prosthetics – but I really enjoyed seeing the transformation as well as how talented the guys are.
I have to admit that during that night shoot I was still pretty much a dear in headlights – everything moved quickly and you had to be ready for anything. I sat the whole night padded up ready to be flung into the tree at any moment…I swear most of the blood supply was cut off to my hands and feet, but the adrenaline was still pumping.
Unfortunately due to time constraints the gag had to be cut from the episode. I ended up being killed with a spear by the higher angle. This wasn’t at all upsetting, I had still been on set as a Stuntie not as an Extra and I did a couple of tests for the gag so still got to T-bone the tree. One more step in the right direction 🙂