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Marilyn's Journals
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This photo is of 2nd AC Ellen Curry, not Marilyn Estes


The redoubtable Marilyn Estes, who has worked as script supervisor on several films including the infamous Troops, also plied her skills on Foreign Correspondents during our shoot in Los Angeles. Her primary job was to keep a close eye on continuity throughout every shot. Little did anyone know that she was also keeping a daily journal of the production. Here then is a quite droll account of the joys and terrors of shooting an independent film - seen from the inside.

NOTE: Occasionally you will see the word [CENSORED] in the text. This is the director's doing, simply protecting some of the story's surprises from those who haven't seen the movie yet.

  • INTRODUCTION AND DAY ONE
    Meeting cast and crew. A description of the script supervisor's duties. "You're fired."

  • DAY TWO
    A tiring day. "Hurry up and wait." The tiniest laundry room ever.

  • DAY THREE
    Life with Mr. Blackwell. A fashionable crew. Melanie Lynskey's bad dream.

  • DAY FOUR
    Mel gets the part in Ever After. Naughty behavior in the art department. Power outages and cops.

  • DAY FIVE
    A McDonald's run. Mel gets a driving lesson. A crowd of foreigners.

  • DAY SIX
    A continuity problem. A dangerous bathtub. Junk food galore.

  • DAY SEVEN
    "Acting is ha-rd." Everybody gets fired. The Polaroid camera goes insane.

  • DAY EIGHT
    Wil Wheaton makes merry. Fortune cookie clones. "It's a wrap."



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