October 16th, 2010
Big big day! We are off to Weekend of Horrors at the Marriott Burbank hotel, after some discussion with the people in charge we get a spot to drop our gear and we start setting up. Donna, Dan, Bob and Steve stay in the main room to film Greg on a Walking Dead panel while they get me to roam around to film the vendors and try to find interesting people to meet.
I got to see some cool vendors selling masks, and coffin guitar cases and even a company selling Zombie Beef Jerky. After capturing as much of the atmosphere as possible I start searching for people to talk to. I met Mick Garris who said he would be interested in speaking to us, sadly he disappeared before Donna and the Crew wrapped up in the main room.
Next I met Norman Reedus from Boondock Saints fame!! Who was amazingly nice and was super game to do an interview with us. We got set up in a corner of the hallway and we did an interview with Nate Yapp from classichorror.com and then we were ready for Norman; who we couldn’t find now!! I searched the venue and discovered he was in a photo op for a while. As soon as he was out I grabbed him and brought him over to our corner and got the interview underway.
As a funny personal note I decided to buy a Dawn of the Dead poster from Ken Foree, he autographed it for me and then said it was $20.00. The smallest bill I had was a fifty and gave it to him and either he didn’t realize or didn’t care and just pocketed it. After an awkward moment of me trying to decide how to ask for my change back I decided to forget it and went on chatting with him. The rest of the crew teased me that I didn’t have any money left for food, but to me it was well worth it.
We wrapped up quickly and got some food and jetted for Screamfest at the famous Mann Chinese Theater. We walk in and I am blown away by the beauty of this historic movie theater. We spoke to Rachel Belofsky who is the founder and festival director and got set up to shoot the black carpet and then the intro and Q&A that followed the short films.
I was situated in the back of the theater shooting the whole event and while the films screened I got to sit on the floor and watch the shorts! Once that was done we wrapped up our gear, thanked the Screamfest people and then followed Greg to an after party at the Roosevelt Hotel.
Donna chatted with Greg cause he was leaving the next day to head to set. He set up a couple interviews for us at KNB and then we decided we should head out. I took this opportunity to thank Greg and tell him I’m a huge fan of his work. He patted me on the shoulder as I walked away!!! I’m in my glory, can this never end?