Saturday, April 11, 2009
A few months ago Alex Cox, the director of the 1984 punk/sci-fi cult classic Repo Man, completed shooting on a sequel entitled Repo Chick. Cox blogged about the film's shoot, offering revealing insights into a low-budget production troubled by equipment theft, departing cast members and other problems. The film was shot entirely on a green screen set, a novel experience for a director who spent decades making indie movies the old-fashioned way.
"I wonder how it would be possible to shoot a picture the old way? An independent film averages 3 pages a day; a 'real' movie maybe a page. How do those involved deal with the crushing boredom element? Whenever we had a brief break in the RC shoot I remembered what it was like making REPO MAN: wait for a long time, shoot a little bit, then wait again, listening to the Teamsters telling stories about guns and dangerous situations, or the Executive Producer sharing his raft of insights, or the producers getting on my case for not going fast enough... No wonder wanker actors like Christian Bale lose it and beat up on the cameraman. They are bored to the extent of insanity."
Jaclyn Jonet stars, and she's joined by such familiar genre faces as Xander Berkeley, Karen Black and Robert Beltran. No word yet on when the picture will be released.