Carousel | 2005
Carousel was a wandering film I made with the wonderful De Anna Joy Brooks. De Anna is an actor I have made many pieces with, this being one of the most intimate. It was the most personal piece I made of her, and I think my love and admiration came through in the whole piece.
We wandered all over Los Angeles, starting in the downtown area, ending up in Santa Monica. While on the pier, we luckily shot most of the footage without incident. That came to a screeching halt when we were at the game of "knock the little guys over with a ball." I was on a double date at the pier a week or so before with a girl far too young for me, and the other girl's date was an athletic pro at these types of games. Desperately trying to woo my date over, I made a failed attempt at this game and couldn't hit one guy on the wall. The other guy managed to win practically every game, bestowing an armload of over-sized stuffed animals in his date's arms, while I elected to buy my date a super-sized Slurpee. The guy was a fucking bozo, but in this game, intellect was a worthless commodity.
Back to De Anna. In typical De Anna fashion, she got all three guys down on the first try. She was supposed to get none, one at most. The scene was sad and lonely. We had to try a number of takes before we finally got what I was looking for. I decided to get one more take for good measure, when all of the sudden a huge figure appeared in front of my camera. It was a guard. We were quickly escorted into a detention room where we were interrogated. I instinctively told him that De Anna was my girlfriend and we were on vacation, filming our romantic interlude. Not thinking anything about my story, he looked at our ID's and proclaimed, "Ah, you're on vacation from HOLLYWOOD???" Cover blown, I pleaded for my camera, and it took the better part of an hour to be released. My favorite scene was on the ride that twirled us around. I got a nasty case of whiplash trying to film that, but I consider this shot to be one of the best I have ever taken.