Saturday, December 23, 2006

Thursday, December 21, 2006

Ten Inch Heroes, Out and About (Part 2)

The latest issue of Sci Fi magazine (the official magazine of the Sci Fi channel) names Jensen Ackles (Priestly) as one of the sexiest sci-fi stars of 2007.

Jensen gets a full page article, where they talk about Ten Inch Hero, have some fun with the title (obligatory), and even mention Priestly by name. Very cool.

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Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Ten Inch Heroes, Out and About

While you're frantically shopping for last minute holiday supplies this week, don't forget to pick up a copy of In Touch Weekly, which has an article on Danneel Harris (Tish) and her Hollywood Hills home.

It's the issue with Britney, Nicole, and Jen on the front (oh wait, that's EVERY issue! It's the December 25th issue, specifically.::wink::)

And if you happen to be near Boston for New Years Eve, be sure to catch John Doe (Trucker) performing at First Night. Should be a rocking good time.

We have time for a few quick questions:

Cynthia Boris mentioned that some of the actors in Ten Inch Hero brought their dogs to the set. Can you tell us more?

Danneel had a very cute puppy named Kismet, which you can see in some of the photos in In Touch Weekly. Elisabeth Harnois (Piper) also has a small dog, which she held in her lap in some scenes.

And Sean Patrick Flanery's (Noah) dog is roughly the size of a small horse.

The format--friends working in a subshop--sounds like a fun TV show. Is there any chance Ten Inch Hero will spin off into a TV series?

Oh sure, we've talked about a TV series from time to time because, you're right, the premise lends itself to lots of possibilities. But that's REALLY jumping the gun, since we're still finishing up the film! There's just no way to even guess what will happen down the road.

Thanks for all your questions. We will get to them all eventually. If you have a question for the Ten Inch Hero gang, email it to

Thursday, December 14, 2006

A Day on the Set of Ten Inch Hero (Part 2)

Our special guest blogger Cynthia Boris tells us more about a typical day on the set of Ten Inch Hero.

When we ended Part 1, the crew was getting hungry after a long morning. We pick up there:

Finally, it's time to break for lunch. Most of the crew goes back to basecamp to eat a hot meal whipped up by the catering truck, while others treat themselves to lunch at the local restaurants. If you'd been eating in town that week, you might have lunch at the next table over from Jensen, Danneel, Elisabeth and Clea!

An hour later, everyone is back at work. The actors are on set and make-up and wardrobe get "last looks," a chance to do quick touch-ups before the cameras roll again.

You know the old song, "second verse, same as the first?" Rehearse, shoot, shoot, turn the cameras and shoot again. It would be easy to fall into a slump, particularly after lunch, but the actors are pros and they keep their energy up just like it was the first take of the morning!

As long and hard (and hot) as the days were, the cast and crew of Ten Inch Hero still found the time to laugh and keep things fun. One day, the hair and makeup department really did a number on the actors!

Elisabeth channeled her inner Madonna with a leopard print bra on top of her shirt, strands of pearls and funky, chunky black glasses.

Clea went for street tough in a muscle tee, kooky visor and fake tattoos on her arms.

Danneel looked like something from a Dr. Seuss book with an eight-inch high bucket hat balanced on her head, blue and red striped fingerless gloves, slip-on pink plastic fingernails and a t-shirt that said, Hi Mom!

And who's that other pretty girl with the long brown hair, tiara and glamorous make-up? Yikes! It's Jensen. . . well, the left half of him anyway! Turn him to the right and he's still punked-out Priestly. Yep, half man/half woman -- and all hysterically funny.

The cast also had some fun telling the videographer tall tales while filming behind the scenes interviews (but don't worry, she caught them telling true tales, too!).

Since it was summer, night didn't fall until after eight o'clock and boy do movie set lights look bright after dark! Evening scenes are shot, and slowly, one-by-one, the actors are "wrapped." They head back to basecamp to change back into themselves then head home to catch a few hours sleep before turning around to do it all again.

With the actors gone, the crew closes up shop. To motivate us, our next-door-neighbor cooked us some delicious barbeque as a midnight snack.

Lights are broken down, props collected, director's chairs folded up and packed away. A runner takes the days film to the developer and the 2nd AD hands out "call sheets," the schedule for the next day. It'll likely be midnight when the last of us is done and drives away.

All in all, this is a very typical day on the set of Ten Inch Hero. I hope you'll think of everything that went into the making when you see the movie in the future!

Note from Betsy: Thanks very much, Cynthia!

Sunday, December 10, 2006

New Pic!

There's a new pic of Clea DuVall over on the website. Very nice shot of her!

Saturday, December 09, 2006

A Day on the Set of Ten Inch Hero

This week, we have a special guest blogger: Cynthia Boris!

Cynthia worked on the Ten Inch set, and she agreed to talk to us about what a typical day on the set was like. Part 1 of her story follows:

This past summer, I worked as a Production Assistant (PA) on the film Ten Inch Hero. It was a lot of hard work and great fun all at the same time! So when they asked me if I would contribute to the blog, I decided I'd take you on a (virtual) tour of a typical day on the set. Wear your good sneakers, because we've got fourteen hours ahead of us.

The crew arrives at "basecamp" at 8 am. I hand out walkie-talkies while the catering truck begins firing up breakfast. The wardrobe girls place the day's costumes in the actors' trailers and the 2nd AD (Assistant Director) drops off "sides" (little mini-scripts of what we're going to film that day). When the actors arrive, it's off to hair and make-up. We had three lovely ladies on the shoot but the joke was that, because of the tattoos and the mohawk, Jensen Ackles spent more time in hair and make-up than the three ladies put together!

Since we were shooting on location in the city, our actual set was a few blocks away from basecamp, which meant having vans to drive everyone to and from the set. While the actors were getting all dolled up, the crew headed to the sub shop set to get ready for the first shot of the day. Cameras, lights, props and set decorations all have to be put in place and it's quite a big job.

Next the actors arrive on set and are sent to "holding" -- in our case, a tented area a block up from the sub shop. This is where they hang out when they aren't in front of the cameras. Some actors spent quite a few hours in holding, passing the time by reading, doing crossword puzzles, and chatting.

Sean Patrick Flanery did his part by raiding the local 7-11 for yummy treats and magazines, which he dropped off for everyone to enjoy. Sean Wing amused us with his talent for water bottle juggling while Peter Dennis fascinated everyone with his repertoire of British accents (who knew there were so many?!). Jensen spent some of his time studying the season opener script for Supernatural and it took every ounce of strength I had not to peek! (But I didn't).

When everything is ready, the actors are called "to set," the director (David Mackay) does a "blocking" rehearsal (tells them where to stand and when to move), and then they're ready to shoot. Most scenes are short, less than five minutes and once they do it, they go "back to one" and do it again. When the director is happy with a "take", he sends the actors back to holding while they reverse the camera angle. If they started off shooting over Danneel Harris's shoulder looking at Clea DuVall, they have to flip the cameras around to shoot over Clea's shoulder looking at Danneel! This means moving all the lights and sometimes even the furniture and this can take awhile.

Since the actors spend so much time waiting between scenes, several of them brought their best friends along for company. The four-legged kind! Elisabeth Harnois, Danneel and Sean Patrick all arrived with their pets in tow and Jensen turned puppy photographer. (He always has his camera with him so he can shoot pictures of his co-workers between takes!).

Ready to shoot again? It's back to the set to do the same scene they already did. If there are four or five people in a scene there might be four camera setups and three to five takes each time! That's why it sometimes takes hours just to get one five-minute scene in the can. Everyone loves when the 1st AD calls, "moving on." That means the scene is over and it's on to the next.

Since movies are shot out of order (for a variety of reasons), a new scene often means a costume change for the actors. If it's a new day in the script, everyone has to have a different outfit on (among other things!). The actors get transported back to basecamp to change and have their hair and makeup touched up. Time is money and getting everyone where they need to be and back again is always rush, rush, rush. (The expression "hurry up and wait" comes to mind).

As if this wasn't enough to deal with, add to it one of California's worst heat waves (temps over 100 degrees and humid!), and the fact that we were shooting on a public street. We had some interesting visitors, some of whom looked like they had just walked right out of the movie!

And let's not even talk about the traffic when filming scenes that involved crossing the street! Yikes!

Join us later in the week for Part 2 of Cynthia's story!

Sunday, December 03, 2006

Happy December

Crazy times, as we prepare for the holidays and continue post-production on the film.

If you're looking to catch your Ten Inch Heroes on TV, you have lots of choices this week:

* Sean Wing (Tadd) will be on "What About Brian" either tomorrow or next Monday (conflicting reports!). He plays a surfer dude named Sven.

* Clea DuVall (Jen) is back on Heroes tomorrow.

* A very young Elisabeth Harnois (Piper) can be seen in reruns of "One Magic Christmas" for those of you who want to get into the holiday spirit.

* And we have new episodes of Supernatural and One Tree Hill. Yay! Looks like much will be revealed in Supernatural this week.

There's a new picture of Danneel over on the website.

And we have time for a few quick questions:

Will Ten Inch Hero have any advanced screenings or be shown in any film festivals?

I know I sound like a broken record (or is that a "corrupted mp3" these days?), but it's still too early to comment. We just don't want to speculate, and then be wrong.

Be assured, any upcoming screenings will be announced both here and on the website.

I've heard people compare Ten Inch Hero to Empire Records. Is that a favourable comparison?

Yeah, I think Jensen commented about that early on, and it's made its way around the net. A few other actors who auditioned also made the comparison.

I gotta be honest. I've never seen Empire Records. (::Betsy is embarrassed::)

But I'll tell you what...I'll put it at the top of my queue and watch it over the holidays, then I'll let you know.

I do know Empire Records has some very dedicated fans--that's certainly something we plan to ask Santa to bring us!

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Friday, November 24, 2006

Questions about the Script

Did the movie change much from the script? And how much do the actors bring to it?

Yay--script questions!

::Betsy rolls up her sleeves::

Okay, it’s important to realize that a script is just a blueprint. From the day you type "FADE IN" until the day the film opens, the project is constantly evolving.

How did Ten Inch Hero evolve? Early on, we had some minor changes, which is typical.

Once the cast was in place, David, Mark, and I had some marathon sessions, where we went over the script practically word by word.

Even with that, the script continued to change once filming started.

Sometimes, it was pure logistics. For example, we had to cut a favorite line, because the script called for Trucker (John Doe) to be washing his hands when Zo (Alice Krige) comes in and gives the line. And there was no sink anywhere near that part of the shop.

Other times, David would say "Let's try it this way." Or the actors had ideas. David would sometimes film things in several different ways to decide later what worked best.

It's just part of the collaborative process.

This evolution continues after filming, as they edit and piece the film together.

As for what the actors bring...they bring the life! They take your 2-D words and create 3-D characters.

Here's an example of the process:

There's a tender scene toward the end where Priestly (Jensen Ackles) breaks the mood with a joke. It's one of those "laugh through the tears" moments.

By the time we were ready to film, David felt the joke sounded a little stale. So he, Mark, and I batted it around until we found a line we all liked better.

When they were filming that scene, I was listening on earphones with several people. The mood was all heartfelt and sweet...then Jensen delivered the line. And his delivery was so funny, it made the joke much better than it was on the page.

This was a line we had read over and over...and nevertheless we all busted up when we heard it through the earphones.

So writer came up with the line, the director made it better, and the actor improved it even more. And that's what makes a movie.

(Good God, look at the length of this answer. See? NEVER ask a writer to talk about her script. ::wink::)

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Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Happy TG!

Because of schedule conflicts, we're shutting down until Thanksgiving. We'll still be on email, and there may be a new picture of the week, but we won't be updating the blog.

So, have a Happy Thanksgiving, everyone, and we'll see you on the other side of the turkey!

Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Mail: About Clea!

Lots of nice mail today...thanks for all your kind thoughts. We promise, we'll get to it all (maybe, eventually, even Shellz's questions about Priestly pictures!)

How did Clea DuVall come on board? She seems to be everywhere, and yet is still under everyone's radar.

Director David Mackay answers:

Several very good actresses read for the role of JEN before Clea. Though Clea had been in my mind for the part for a long time, I didn't expect her to audition. Her body of work puts her in a class of actors that no longer have to audition for a part. Those actors are referred to as "offer only" because we, as producers, offer them the part without an audition.

Anyway, Clea didn't think she was right for the part. After she read the script the first time, she passed.

But I told our casting director how much I liked Clea, and how perfect I thought she would be, and the next thing I knew, she was in the room, reading the part. She wanted to read in front of me, and talk about it, and hear why I thought she was right for it. Actually, I think she was auditioning ME!

From that moment on, she was the first one we cast in the movie, in our minds. We wanted to see who else was falling into place for the other two female roles, so we "put a pin in her" as her agent called it. Once we were close to selecting the other leads, we put everyone's picture on the wall and made groupings of the three girls. Clea fit easily into every combination.

We were so lucky to have her. She was great to work with and she has an awesome sense of humor. And she is the emotional center of the whole movie!

Monday, November 13, 2006

It's Heroes Night!

In an interview on TV Guide, mind-reading Heroes cop Greg Grunberg has some nice things to say about them "sneaking" TIH's Clea DuVall into the cast:

"I was absolutely beside myself. She is so talented, she underplays everything.... There are actors who just 'have' something, and she has a watchable, magnetic quality. She brings it."

Greg, we couldn't agree more!

Click here for the full interview.

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Sunday, November 12, 2006

We've Updated the Website!

Our terrific webmaster has updated the Ten Inch Hero website, including the new

(...drum roll please...)

Picture of the Week.

Sean Patrick Flanery fans will not be disappointed this week!

Saturday, November 11, 2006

More Links

Cinematical just did an article about movies with blogs, and someone called us out in the comments.

Hmmm, not sure who it was but with a name like "SittingInTheDark" I'm gonna guess it's another writer. Anyway, thank you for the plug, whoever it was!

Also, click here to listen to a podcast featuring Sean Wing (Tadd) talking about the DVD release of his film IN THE DARK. He mentions TIH at the end. Sean is a very cool guy, so be sure to check out IN THE DARK if you're a fan of horror.

Friday, November 10, 2006

Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Tuesday's Mail

Why did you hire Ackles? Did you know him before from his previous work or through friends, or did he just walk in and blow you away?

Director David Mackay says:

I met Jensen two years ago, when we just started to get the project off the ground. His agent had read the script and gave it to him, and he loved it. Jensen had only been on Smallville at that point; SUPERNATURAL had not yet come to be.

Jensen has a great energy. He was VERY enthusiastic, and from that day on, he fought for the part of Priestly. And we really like to cast enthusiastic actors!

A year later he came in and read with various possible actresses for Tish. (None of which were Danneel. At that point she hadn't been cast.) Anyway, Jensen blew us away. I had a follow up lunch with him, and we really saw eye to eye. I could tell he was open to trying everything I wanted him to. To really create something COMPLETELY different from what he is known for. And that for me is what acting is all about. He was into it.

And he kicks ass in the movie.

Sunday, November 05, 2006

More from the IN Box

I know you can't say when TEN INCH HERO will be released, but can you tell me if it'll be on DVD so I can rent it?
Can we fans do anything to make sure we get to see this movie?

All of David's movies have been on HBO or Showtime, and are currently available on Netflix/Blockbuster/etc, so it's a pretty safe bet Ten Inch Hero will be no exception.

Beyond that, please understand we can't report anything until it's crossed, dotted, carved in stone, and signed in blood (if you don't mind some concatenated metaphors!).

As for what you can do...what a cool thing to ask. Believe it or not, we are overwhelmed by the positive response from all you fans out there. You guys got excited about this film before it was even in the can--do you know what a boost that is for independent filmmakers?

I can't tell you how much we appreciate the people who keep the buzz alive (::waves hi to Panda in particular::) as we round third and head home (there I go with the metaphors again).

So don't be shy. Visit the site, check this blog, keep sending us your comments and questions, and let people know you can't wait to see that butt-crazy mohawk on the big screen!

Thursday, November 02, 2006

On The NewsStands

This month, TIH star Danneel Harris graces the pages of Maxim, along with her OTH co-stars.

Danneel is also featured in this month's Men's Fitness, along with co-star Jensen Ackles. They even mention the film, leaving us no choice but to buy multiple copies. How pervie did that look?

"Uh, yeah, I'd like this Snickers bar and, uh, those last copies of Men's Fitness."

"All six?"

"Um, yeah, they're for my mom."

"Suuuure they are."

Also, a big shout out to PA-extraordinaire Cynthia for her hard work the last few days promoting this blog (not to mention Pooks's blog!). Thanks Cynthia!

Tuesday, October 31, 2006

Pooks Tackles Priestly (Figuratively, that is)

Patricia Burroughs (better known in these parts as Pooks) loves the Cowboys, Kinky Friedman, and her bike. She's also a terrific screenwriter and a great friend.

And she's been on the Ten Inch Hero cheering committee for as long as I can remember.

In her blog today, she takes on Priestly. And the lack of available pictures.

Happy Halloween, Pooks!

From the IN Box

When will Ten Inch Hero be released?
I live in Europe. Will I get a chance to see Ten Inch Hero?

Excellent questions, and I wish I had excellent answers. But I don't.

Truthfully, it's just too soon to know exactly how and when the film will be distributed. The movie is still in post-production, which means we're still putting all the finishing touches on it. We hope to know more about distribution in the next few months--and we'll be sure to get the word out when we do.

In the meantime, thanks for your enthusiasm!

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Monday, October 30, 2006

Save the Cheerleader, Save My Mondays

Over here in Ten Inch Hero land, we've been pretty busy lately, leaving us very little time to watch TV.

Of course, we catch Jensen Ackles in Supernatural every week (with the lights off, naturally). And One Tree Hill has been a regular TIH reunion lately, with Danneel Harris leading the way.

So when we heard TIH's Clea DuVall was going to be guest starring in NBC's new show Heroes, we knew we had to make room on Monday nights to tune in.

Wise choice.

What a terrific show. Who knew we'd ever look forward to Mondays?!

Sunday, October 29, 2006

Where, Oh Where!?

Where was Ten Inch Hero shot? In Santa Cruz or San Pedro? Someone even said they saw you guys in Morro Bay!

Betsy: The short answer is: All of the above.

The long answer is, well, longer!

When I write, I like to set the story in a specific location, usually somewhere I've lived or visited. So when I started writing a script about a group of offbeat characters working in a funky sandwich shop, my old hometown of Santa Cruz seemed like the natural choice.

At the risk of sounding like a travel brochure, Santa Cruz has it all. An open-air mall full of boutiques, where no one would question a subshop peacefully co-existing next to Zo's crystal, incense, and (possibly) Wiccan supply store. Great beaches for Trucker to surf. A university for Jen. An abundance of talented local artists to lure Piper. And more than their fair share of hot guys to keep Tish busy (trust me on this last one, ladies!)

But the truth is, while scripts are often SET in one town, movies are rarely FILMED that way.

In the case of Ten Inch Hero, David and Mark wanted to keep the story set in Santa Cruz. Many establishing shots and exteriors were filmed there. They also filmed in Carmel and Big Sur when the girls take their road trip down the coast to Morro Bay to meet the mysterious Fuzzy22.

But the subshop scenes were filmed in and around a great little shop in San Pedro. And the beach scenes were done in Palos Verdes.

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