Yesterday, Tom Dineen and I visited the set of the film End Game, which is shooting in Spokane until late March (or so). The film stars Cuba Gooding Jr., James Woods, and Burt Reynolds, among others.
Yesterday they were shooting a few scenes at a local hospital, so Tom and I went to check it out. We were supposed to show up at 1:30p, but when Tom called around 2p (we were running a bit late), his contact told us to call back at 3:30p. To kill time, Tom and I went to World Market. I love World Market.
Around 3:45p, we drove to the hospital (which was almost directly across the street) and waited around for Tom’s contact to call him back (Tom had called and left a message at around 3:30p).
While we were waiting, we could see MedStar (assy website alert) on the roof, surrounded by a bunch of people. We decided that it was cold outside and we went in to look for Tom’s man on the inside. Once in the hospital, we found Tom’s contact and he told us just to sit tight and wait for them to finish shooting on the roof. I would have liked to go up there, but it clearly wasn’t go to happen.
While we were sitting waiting, Tom approached several members of the crew whose names he knew from previous shoots. The guy running audio was also named Tom (yep, there were three of us). He was pretty cool. He showed us his equipment and chatted with us for a while. At around 4:30, we walked down the hallway where they were setting up for the next shot. All sorts of cool gear was sitting around like a sweet Arri and a Steadicam on a C-stand.
After a little while, Andy Cheng, the director, showed up. This guy is nuts. At one point, he was trying to show some of the crew what kind of shot he wanted, so he leaps up onto this gurney they had and stands with one foot on the gurney and one foot on the hand rail on the hallway, pointing down with his hands. The way he says “action” is pretty funny; he =really= stresses the “tion”.
So while he was running around pointing out where to put various potted plants, Tom and I started up a conversation with Cuba Gooding Jr’s cousin Keith, who has been his stand-in for thirteen years. Keith was super cool. He was complaining about the temperature in Spokane (it’s been pretty cold lately, but definitely warmer than it should be for this time of year). He told us that when they were shooting Snow Dogs, it was thirty-two =below= every day.
We waited and waited for =anything= to happen. It took forever and we got herded around a bit, but things finally started to happen. The camera guy started walking around with the camera and some of the fake doctors began receiving instructions.
When the fake doctors came in, a real hospital employee (a girl named Shy (not a misspelling) that, coincidentally, Tom had taken to prom) complained that they weren’t using any =real= doctors or nurses. For those of you who say, “Yeah! Who can act like a(n) [inset occupation here] better than a real [same occupation]?” Let me tell who. Actors can. Trust me, just because you’re a doctor or a garbage man, or a whatever, doesn’t mean you can act.
What was I saying? Oh yes, so Shy was complaining, then about 30 minutes later, this PA comes over and tells her and two other people that they can come stand in the scene if they want to. Of course she went with them (and no, she wasn’t neglecting any patients to do so. She’s actually a custodian, but the custodians wear scrubs).
Time to start filming! Roll sound! Roll camera! Marker!
They did a number of takes where the group of people go booking it down this hallway. And yes, Cuba Gooding Jr. did make an appearance.
I wanted to go talk to him and the director and try to get pictures with each of them, but they were in the middle of working and I didn’t want to bother them (plus, Cuba’ hands were covered in fake blood).
I feel like a tool for wanting to get pictures with them, but really it’s not for me (I don’t tend to get star struck, I’ve met enough celebrities to know that they’re just people who get paid more than the rest of us). The reason I want to get pictures with them is so that I can show other people and have them be amazed.
I apologise for the ass-ness of the pics, but there wasn’t enough light in the hallway for my camera to work properly (such is the curse of digital, eh?). Plus, people were usually moving around a lot, so that didn’t help. Tom says that they’re going to shoot a huge car wreck scene in a week or two, so I’m going to go check it out and take my video camera along. I’ll post whatever I can shoot.