Friday, April 15, 2011

BEDA 15: Fight choreography!

Hello, blog readers! I had another jam-packed day yesterday that my fingers are itching to tell you about. My day started early - first I had a meeting with the costumer for the Secret Buffy Project where I tried on so many amazing mildly ugly 90's clothes. The best part is the pair of high heeled boots I get to wear that are so quintessentially Buffy; believe it or not I actually never owned a pair of boots like these. I was probably just about the only girl who didn't.

Anyway, after deciding on a few mini skirts, floral dresses and some perfect red pants, I had to dash out the door to run and pick up my roommate Justin from the airport. He'd been in Texas for a week or so visiting his family down there. Much to Justin's chagrin, I didn't actually have time to take him HOME before the next thing on my agenda, which was heading downtown to go to the Triple Door Musicquarium and Lounge for Jimmy's second Seattle show/charity benefit here in Seattle.

I don't think Justin minded too terribly much, though, because we managed to get there in time for Happy Hour and had ourselves some delicious food and a few low-priced drinks before the event actually started. My friend Cynthia (thecynchannel on YouTube) also showed up, and I had a great time hanging out with her all night. There was a raffle for a bunch of prizes (with all the proceeds going to Japan Red Cross) and Cynthia and I ended up winning three prizes between the both of us!! (Justin won nothing, haha). I personally got $100 in movie tickets to the Seattle IMAX theatre, which is freaking AWESOME.

We spent the rest of the evening hanging out, mingling a little, making fun of this adorable sucker fish that was following us around from inside the giant fish tank, and teasing Jimmy for being so effin' popular. It was a total blast. I was a little bit bummed when I had to duck out a bit early, but I had to rush down to the Seattle Center for my fight choreography rehearsal. Yeah, you heard me right. xD

So, Forest hired this guy to teach me (and the other vampires, who all at least have a bit of experience in this stuff unlike me) to do onscreen combat without actually killing each other. We met up in this rehearsal room and first when over the basics of punching and kicking, and then walked through the whole fight routine between me and these three vampires. We worked pretty much straight for two hours, and even though I'm still really inflexible and have never actually punched someone in my life, I think it started to look vaguely believable. And with movie magic, I bet people watching the final product might actually believe I'm a total bad ass. So that was fun.

Also, I had to do all the fighting in the aforementioned boots. Because, come on, vampire slayer? She only fights in style. Such a great character trait in the TV show, being the ass-kicking girl fighter - but it makes everything SO much more difficult.

I have so much more respect now for people who do this stuff all the time in TV shows and movies. We were blocking what will literally come out to be a twenty second scene in a video. I can't even imagine how much training goes into some of the fight scenes I've watched in the past in legit movies and TV shows - especially Buffy. There are fight scenes in every single episode! Sarah Michelle Gellar is a boss.

The funniest part of the night was the fact that Justin had to come with me to the fight rehearsal too, because there just wasn't enough time for me to take him home inbetween all my stuff going on. Poor guy had his suitcase in my car the whole time and it took us five and a half hours to actually get him to walk in our front door. I bet that's the last time he asks ME for a ride, hahaha.

More exciting stuff to come today! See you tomorrow!

Flights taken: 8
Gym badges in Pokémon: 8
Samurott level: 45


Mallory said...

I never owned a pair of boots like that either. There is good reason we didn't: we had style! Clearly. LOL.

alimarie_11 said...

I love the nineties style. I don't think I would have worn it, but I can't help to feel its..endearing. :)

I love the fighting scences in Buffy! I am always inspired to go work out! And even though I know that it is all choreographed, I can't help but think "would what would Buffy do?" if i find myself walking around after dark.

Elisabeth said...

I guess the fight scenes probably get easier the more of them you do.

So if you turn this video idea into a miniseries, you'll be a pro by the end too :)

ausernameisuseless said...

I think this is great that you get to do BEDA while you have all those fun things going on.
I mean, all of this is especially exiting. I can't wait to see the Secret Buffy Project and the Delete You video! I'm really happy that you get to participate in such elaborate, big projects. This is awesome.

Molly Jo said...

Cut the boots off at the ankle. Those were my shoes all through high school. Black and brown. *cringes*

Can't wait to see the video!

Christina said...

Learning to do fight fake scenes has been a secret ambition of mine for a while now- I can't wait to see how this turns out!

kittygurl212 said...

I bought a pair of shoes that looked kind of like that in high school and wore them a total of two, maybe three times?

I can't wait to see the Secret Buffy Project! Sounds amazing! And ummm....I hate to be the bearer of bad news but...ummm....Sarah Michelle Gellar had a double for her fight scenes...if you look closely enough you can see that it's not her. Sorry! But of course, that doesn't make it any less awesome, still the best fight scenes ever!

kira902k said...

o.O This Buffy project sounds extremely exciting and very legitimate. You're making me die of curiosity.

Sorry I haven't been reading your BEDA. I actually feel bad. xD I've been so busy, but I will one day put aside time to catch up on this, Hayley's BEDA and the 38023102743 other people doing VEDA. *sigh* I blame Maureen Johnson for this.

And those boots are so so buffy.

Stward Campbell said...

he nice boots, are they yours?? a secret project?? that sounds pretty interesting, once I was in a secret Online pharmacy reviews for some company, but it was not as fun as the thing you said you did