I first met Faith while she was examining my roadster for it's possible worthiness for her project at Bob's Big Boy in Toluca Lake. Somehow she convinced me to drive to Filmore, about an hour north of LA for a garage scene in her movie. That happened to be the first time I'd driven the roadster in the rain. And wouldn't be the last time I'd sacrifice myself for the film. But I did it all for Faith --and I'd do it again.
|The drag-strip was an old runway once owned by 5 & Dime magnate JC Penny.
Like most of the car owners and actors in the movie (if not all) it was an all-volunteer effort --which might have been Faith's greatest feat of all. Everybody was happy to pitch in, to varying degrees of course. But we were all in the same boat; unpaid and following Faith's faith in herself that she would complete this wholly endeavor.
In all, my roadster participated only four full days to the film. I say 'only' because there were some that must have given ten-times as many days, or more! They are the unsung heroes for the film.
|Faith (seated) setting up the camera for a shot.
I remember almost every moment of the shoot. Which is odd because I had worked on quite a few movie locations in my early years in show business (production, not acting), and I don't remember that stuff!
|Actors & extras for the 50's drag strip scene.
|Necessary: a period correct dragster
|Kyle Clifford (Art Delaney) removing non-period correct mobile phone from background.
|Protagonist's car; Fresno's red A-V8
|Here Faith applying fake blood to Fresno played by Frank O'Leary
Johnny Callaway (played by Timoth Luke) & Art Delaney (Kyle Clifford) talk about girls while they take a break from wrenching on cars.
|My car as background
|Between scenes, Luke wearing a warm sweater as Faith & a tech do camera blocking.
|All you see of my car in this scene is a blurry gold engine.