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Tuesday, April 19, 2005

MRA UPDATE

HEY CREW...
ITS BEEN A LITTLE WHILE SINCE I UPDATED EVEYONE ABOUT RECENT FILMING OF MRA (SORRY HAVE BEEN SUPER BUSY!). ANYWAY, 2 SHOOTINGS HAVE OCCURRED SINCE MY LAST POST:

1. MORE ACTION SHOOTING (BETWEEN THE MONSTER & PAUL)
2. MR. MORIMOTO INTERVIEW WITH PAUL (MRA OFFICE SCENE)

I WILL COVER THE ACTION SHOOTING FIRST. THIS TOOK PLACE 2 WEEKS AGO IN THE CARPARK OF AKIHABARA (BATTLE LOCATION) AND WAS THE MOST INTENSE SHOOT SO FAR. BY INTENSE, I MEAN, THAT IT INVOLVED MANY FIGHT SCENES/ STUNTS AND BLOOD (INCLUDING A NEAR MIGRANE ON MY BEHALF!). THE SHOOTING BEGAN ON A FRIDAY NIGHT @ AROUND 11PM. THIS WAS THE EASIER OF THE 2 NIGHTS AS WE ONLY FILMED PAUL'S CLOSE UPS AND SCENES (MONSTER WAS NOT THERE ON THIS NIGHT!). THIS WENT VERY WELL AND QUICKLY AS WE HAD A STREAMLINED CREW AND A DIRECTOR WHO KNEW EXACTLY WHAT HE WANTED (WELL DONE, JR).

THE ONLY SLIGHT SETBACK WE HAD WAS A RATHER BRIEF VISIT BY AN INQUISITVE POLICE MAN ON PATROL. THIS IS HOW IT WENT; WE WERE FILMING THE CLOSE SCENE OF PAUL CRAWLING ON THE GROUND IN PAIN AFTER BEING SLASHED BY THE MONSTER, SEVERELY (INVOLVED LOTS OF BLOOD!). AS I (PAUL) SAT AGAINST THE WALL CHECKING HIS BLOODIED STOMACH AND GRIMACING IN PAIN (RATHER LOUDLY!) A MIDDLE AGED POLICE PATROL MAN RODE PAST ON HIS BICYCLE & STOPPED WHEN HE HEARD THE GROANING (?) AND (IMAGINE THIS IF U WILL) SAW THREE MEN SURROUNDING ANOTHER WHO WAS OBVIOUSLY IN A GREAT DEAL OF PAIN BLEEDING ALL OVER THE CEMENT! WELL, AS ANYBODY WOULD HE CAME TO INVESTIGATE (HOLDING HIS BREATH & CROSSING HIS FINGERS THAT WHAT HE SAW, WASN'T ACTUALLY WHAT HE SAW!).

AT FIRST, HE INQUIRED WHAT THE HELL WAS GOING ON (IN HIS NATIVE LANGUAGE; JAPANESE!?) AND PROCEEDED TO CASE OUT THE SCENE CAREFULLY. AFTER A FEW MINUTES OF US EXPLAINING THE SITUATION IND HIM INSPECTING MY VISCIOUS WOUNDS HE WAS CONVINCED OF THE INNOCENCE OF IT ALL. AT THIS POINT, HIS TUNE CHANGED FROM ONE OF SUSPICIOUSNESS TO A CHILDS SENSE OF AMAZEMENT, QUOTING "AHH... MAKE UP NE?... SUGOI DESU NE!" BASICALLY, YOU ALL PROBABLY CAN GUESS WHAT HE SAID WAS; "OH... I SEE THATS MAKEUP, RIGHT?... WOW! THATS GREAT!".

ANYWAY, TO CUT A LONG STORY SHORT; HE WENT ON HIS WAY A HAPPY CHAPPY WITH SOMETHING TO TELL HIS FELLOW POLICE OFFICERS (GRAND CHILDREN AND THE REST OF HIS FRIENDS & FAMILY) OVER SOME COFFEE & DONUTS (BAD JOKE). AFTER THIS CAMEO APPEARANCE (BY THE COP) WE GOT BACK ON TRACK AND FINISHED THE NIGHT (AROUND 5AM) SUCCESSFULLY.

THE NEXT NIGHT WAS THE MOST EVENTFUL ONE OF MRA'S SHORT HISTORY (NOW ABOUT 2 MONTHS) AS WE FILMED THE FIGHT STUNTS (INCLUDING THE BACK FLIP OFF THE WALL) AND THE REST OF THE BATTLE BETWEEN THE HERO (PAUL) AND THE MONSTER (DAN). AGAIN, WE WERE BLESSED WITH ANOTHER BRIEF CAMEO APPEARANCE BY THE POLICE (THIS TIME TWO YOUNGER FELLOWS IN A PATROL CAR!) WHO WERE PROBABLY INFORMED BY THE ORIGINAL CAMEO AND JUST COULDN'T RESIST CHECKING OUT THE SCENE, AS WELL. AFTER A BRIEF MEETING WITH THE 2 BOYS IN BLUE WE WERE ABLE TO FINISH THE NIGHT UNINTERRUPTED.

*STAY TUNED FOR MORE UPDATES IN THE COMING DAYS!

**ALSO CHECK THE PHOTOS BELOW THAT RELATE TO THIS POST.

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