Monday, November 2, 2009

The Buffy Project

Oh dear, it's been awhile since my last post. I'm going to try to update a bit more frequently; I don't want this to turn into one of those "one post a month" blogs. I know you all want (and expect) more than that.

October was quite a busy month for me, project-wise. The most exciting thing has been that my script was finally completed. Yes, I'm primarily a subversive collage artist, but in my spare time, I also like to write a few screenplays and bartend. For the past six months or so, I've been working on an episode of the (now cancelled) show, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. The episode is now complete and the real work can begin--I'm right in the middle of casting, props collecting and read-throughs. The script is 46 pages long, so it might actually be a bit longer than a normal episode, so I'm describing it more like a deluxe, bonus episode. I think the fans will appreciate the extra length.

Obviously I would like the original actors to reprise their roles for this episode, so I mailed letters and copies of the script to Sarah Michelle Gellar-Prinze (Buffy), Alyson Hannigan (Willow), Anthony Stewart-Head (Giles), James Marsters (Spike) and Alexis Denisof (Wesley, who is not actually in this episode, but I requested him to be the Understudy for Xander). I am still attempting to obtain Nicholas Brendon's mailing address (Xander). I am still awaiting replies and the pre-production deadline has been pushed back to November to allow for response time. As well, Sarah Michelle Gellar just had a baby so I know she might be a bit behind in script reading.

Here are the letters I sent in case you are interested in contacting your own favorite celebs to star in a personal project of your own (letters to be used for inspiration only, please!):

Sarah Michelle Gellar:

Alyson Hannigan:

Anthony Stewart-Head:

James Marsters:

and last, but certainly not least, Alexis Denisof:

Like I said, no replies as of yet, but I am confident they will be eager to get back to the Buffy grind. If the original actors cannot make shooting for scheduling reasons and my alternate cast also declines, I have a last resort cast consisting mostly of my friends and acquaintances. I will be playing Buffy in the event that Sarah Michelle Gellar-Prinze and Lisa Kudrow (understudy) decline. We will be shooting the opening credits and theme in November, so keep an eye out for some teasers!
If you're a Buffy fan, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Have you ever written an original Buffy the Vampire Slayer script and sent it to the cast? If so, what were the results? Any tips on creating vampire face make-up? Ever constructed your own vampire crypt? I want to hear it!
PS--If you happen to be also filming your own Buffy script and are panicked over what to do for all of those pesky tombstone props, or you just want to experience Halloween all year round, I'd recommend that you check out this great, informative site:
It walks you through all the steps of making your own realistic (and easy) tombstones. Let me tell you, the picture steps have been a lifesaver. As well, the artist looks great in sweaters and has some fun blog entries, so it's definitely worth checking out.