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Sunday, January 13, 2013

Shameless Exploitation...Using What Is Available

It's no secret that when you are working on a no-budget production that everyone is keeping their day-jobs.  The cast and crew are working their regular jobs all week, then giving up their days off to come and work on the show. You'd think that would be dedication enough...but no...we had to take it a step further.  We had to tap into their talents on their day jobs too....

Steven Matos is a military veteran, with years of combat experience.  He brings that no-bullsh*! personality to the role of Detective Harris.  But he also acts as our eyes on set whenever there is a firearm in use.  He makes sure that the holsters are put on properly, that the guns are handled well, and in general, keeps us from looking like idiots who don't know which end of a gun to use.

Robbie Whiplash brings his hard-rock edginess to the sarcastic and rebellious Ari.  But in addition to creating a dramatic character, Robbie has not only provided the score for the show, he has roped in other musicians to ensure that the music of Shotgun Mythos literally rocks.

Brandon Wheeler, as I mentioned in my last post, is an active MMA fighter.  He is also one of the nicest guys I have ever met.  So to show up on set and have the cast laughing about how scary he is took me by surprise.  Brandon had spent much of one of the days of training and rehearsing explaining what to do and what not to do in a fight...which moves would be safe, which could cause a concussion and which could kill someone.

Charlie Bruce and Ray Remillard both come from backgrounds in radio.  And their work on the podcast "Decoding Mythos" showcases that experience, and creates a powerful promotional tool for the show.  Their weekly interviews with the cast and crew are funny, engaging and thoroughly entertaining.

Chris Livingston comes to the set as the arrogant head of Gentry, Bob.  But one of his many other hats is that of contractor.  So he came into the studio one day and built us moveable set walls...giving us the flexibility to rearrange our sets and avoid any drama of not having locations.  We now look like old school Hollywood, with folks moving sets from one location to another.

Each of these folks had every right to look at us like we were nuts and tell us to take a hike when we asked them to contribute from their day job talents.  Fortunately for us, they didn't.  And in the end, their contributions will be an invaluable part of the success of the show. 

--Darla Gaige, Co-Creator & Executive Producer of Shotgun Mythos

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