Well, I remember everyone being extremely excited right from the start when we signed Jon to our movie. It was back in November and we had our first “real” name actor attached to the film. It was a good day. Now, the only problem was, one of our executive producers was still dead set on playing the title character – no, not Mickey but Walt.
I knew that there was no way that it would fly with Jon and so did everyone including our EP. We were going to risk losing our only name we had all for vanity. I knew that as soon as Jon stepped foot on set, there would be a call to his agent, “get me outta here.” So, it was decided to delay his schedule in order for us to conduct our “experiment” of letting our EP get it out of his system. Thankfully, after six days of shooting, he did, and we were able to film with a new “name” in the title role. This made bringing Jon on set in January much easier and a lot more fun.
The picture above represents Jon’s first day of shooting. It was a bit tense – namely because we had just found the location a day prior and had just secured the picture car a few hours before shooting. This is the way that things went on this film set. Always last minute, always chaotic, always trying to catch up. Why? Because our production manager and location manager all consisted of “favors” by “friends” – friends of the EPs, no experience, no knowledge and not getting paid. It was a terrible mess really. However, Jon (and Thomas) couldn’t have been more understanding. That’s what you get when you cast actors who are also writer/producers themselves and used to working with small budgets. Had we had two “divas” in those roles, it would have been a disaster but, as I’ve said before, Khoa and I made it work.
Walt Before Mickey wasn’t always easy… wasn’t always fun… but in the end it was always an adventure. To pre-order a DVD copy of the film, visit the official Walt Before Mickey website.