Saturday, June 01, 2013
When my mind (and everything else) was in the sewer
The orangutan was somewhat unpredictable. You'd give him an acting note and he'd forget it. I told the cast to just stay in character if he did anything bizarre, and I told the camera crew that if they saw him doing something strange stay on him -- don't go to your next mark. I can always come back and pick it up later. As a result we caught some magic. My favorite moments are the monkey dragging a chair and looking up Wendie's dress.
After the audience left I had planned to do a bunch of pick ups with the orangutan and his trainer said I had about ten minutes because it was nearing his bedtime. I asked, "What happens if he stays up past his bedtime?" The answer: "He gets mad and bites everybody." Ohhh-kay. Ed Wood never directed scenes so fast.
It's a fun episode written by Andy Gordon & Eileen Conn, called (appropriately enough) "Sewer."