It actually means a lot. It's making it possible for us to make big, and I mean big leaps forward. If it wasn't because of Maleficarum's success we would not be doing what we're doing now.
We are very, very grateful to all of you because we're sure that your support is what made Maleficarum such a success. No, we're not filthy rich yet, but we're getting the resources to make better movies. But not only the resources, we're also getting the encouragement and the inspiration to push ahead.
And what's happening now? For starters, we began the production of Dead But Dreaming. We have not shot the gimpy scenes yet It's a bloody scene with a twist, one that I'm not yet free to discuss.
In fact, I can't even mention any of the famous scenes or themes, or plots, or subplots. In our first day of shooting Amy became acquainted with a nice horse. She had the chance to ride said horse for most of the day and she had a lot of fun doing it. Vero was part of the scene but she didn't get the chance to ride a horse, she had to work on foot.
The Location is truly fantastic, it's an hour away from the city by car. A mountain shaped like a molar It's very, very exotic. So, there was Amy on her high horse going down the dirt road, riding into town to meet her destiny.
On the second day of shooting we were high in the Andes, at the very high lake TitiKaka, which is up there, over 16, feet above sea level. In the middle of it there's an island. The mystical Island of the Sun where it is said the founders of the Inca Empire landed when they came from the sun itself.
The founders were a couple Manco Kapac and Mama Ocllo, long story. Working on this amazing location was not an easy task. We had to first get to the island, a couple of hours by boat from the shores of Copacabana, which is 4 hours away from the city. Once in the island, in a nice little village, we settle in a hotel with cold showers and good trout. Cold showers are not advisable when the temperature is not exactly tropical. At 16, feet plus, it can get very cold. But it's so close to the sun that in a bright day you can get toasted in minutes.
I never saw scalp peel. I saw people's backs peel, even faces, yes, after a nasty day at the beach, under the sun, that brown tan some people get start peeling off the next day, right? Well, have you seen a scalp do that. On the third day Vero had to lie naked on the sacrificial stone.
Yes, under that hot sun. There were many tourists about, fascinated, looking at our production, making comments, applauding as the scene progressed It was like our actors were performing in an open air theater with a very enthusiastic audience.
Our actors were photographed like they were stars. They did look like they actually built that stone area we were working on. So, the high priest became a popular figure with the tourists, all of them dying to pose with him. Most of the tourist were from Argentina. The village where we were staying was swarming with the best of Argentinean youth spending their dad's money in their summer vacation, having a party at the shores, as if they were in the sunny beaches of Rio.
All of them camping in tents, smoking pot, drinking beer, playing music, lighting bonfires. Little did they know that when the dark came to the island, so did the hail storms, with a vengeance, we felt sorry for them, down at the hotel, where we were cozy in our hard and uncomfortable beds, but protected from the hail sent by the Inca gods to spoil the Argentinean mini Woodstock.
And Jac suspects that while he was trying to sleep on the hard mattress, with a hard pillow, harder than the stone table where Vero was sacrificed for him, some of his actors were taking advantage of their new found fame to mingle with the Argentinean girls at the beach.
They all looked so exotic with their extremely long, dark hair, looking like the Inca Gods of the Argentinean girls imagination. At one point during the shooting, one tourist woman said "I'd love to be sacrificed" Jac responded, "We charged 20 dollars per person" The high priest added "Double if they are virgins". We returned to La Paz, again by boat and car, ready to take a break for a couple of days and continue the shooting.
We did just that. Our fourth day of shooting was at our familiar street where we shot Maleficarum, but this time at night. But something was not right. Jac was coming down with a cold We were scheduled to shoot the really hard scene where Amy was to be whipped in public. We built a platform and we had a great location. Jac wasn't feeling well But we pressed on, Jac was going to direct the scene no matter what.
The morning of the famous shoot, Amy woke up, got up and went to get ready, which involved checking herself in a mirror, as all ladies do in the morning, and OMG. One side of her face was swollen, she looked like half a chipmunk, her words, never go full chipmunk, said Jac later. She wasn't going to be whipped in public looking like that!..
So Jac took her to the dentist first, fearing an abscess, he left her there and went on to the set where people were waiting for us. After x rays were taken, no abscess. The dentist took her to an specialist friend for tests While Amy was going around the city meeting all those handsome specialists, Jac was trying to shoot a movie, still.
After all, we had all those nice costumes, those actors waiting, those guns and the platform in the middle of a museum, not to mention that the museum scheduled us to use their premises for that weekend. We were in a bind. The costumes are on loan from the Military School Museum here, they are actual uniforms that were worn by famous historical people in the 's The actual uniforms and the actual weapons.
Well, now those historic uniforms are in our possession. So, we had to shoot the movie. Jac took the opportunity, while waiting for news from Amy, to shoot some dialogues between actors, some crowd shots, reaction shots of the pretty widows that hate Moira, the Irish woman who's meddling with the Spanish Crown's affairs in the conquered territories. It all went nicely until Jac learned that Amy was not going to show up at all, in fact, the doctor said that she just could not work at all.
Not for at least 4 days. The four day shoot planned at the museum had to be postponed. Luckily the administrators were extremely kind and agreed to keep the platform where it was and that yes, we could return a week later to shoot those scenes. Amy will be whipped publicly next weekend Jac was relieved, in fact. He was still sick and he was grateful that he could take two days off from work to get better After re-scheduling, we decided to go back to work Tuesday the 31st, at another location, the very old, years old San Francisco Church, in the middle of the city, where we'll be shooting some very interesting scenes that have no gimp at all.
In fact, they are very, very nice and mainstream. The church also has a wicked museum, the entire building, and it's all ours for three days. So, that's the story so far. Tomorrow we're back in biz. Amy's face looks almost normal now, another day and she'll be herself again. Jac's cold is almost over. Vero and Mila also got sick, but they are not complainers, so we didn't know until today when Vero had to go to see a doctor who confirmed she had a nasty cold but it was almost over.
And Mila is coughing less. We're very excited, still, about this project, about how Maleficarum is, still, breaking our records and continues to be the best seller in our stores. She'll return to continue shooting the movie, of course. And if that was not enough, the censors at the Cinemateca finally saw Maleficarum and we're waiting to know if they accepted it. That's the news folks!
I have been away from home for the past 3 months and so unable to download Maleficarum, I did so after I returned and it exceeded all my expectations - If this is an indication of what to expect in the future from Margo, Amy, JJ, et al, I look forward to all their productions. One question for Margo or Amy, despite all the new productions, when will Seven Days Episode 5 ever be released. I realize with all the new things goings on this probably takes a back seat, but I have chapters 3 and 4 and would like to add the finale when it becomes available.
Also, Margot, I really appreciate all the history behind Red Feline that you have shared and the way you all got together - it appears some things are just meant to happen. I wished you all continued success. Thank you for that comment.
We're going to release the last part of Seven Days on the Cross soon. Mila finished editing it. Jac will take a good look at it and it will be ready to go.