A lot of you have been asking why we simply can’t give you a photo of Brandon in costume and that’s a pretty darn good question. Would seem like a simple thing, right? Just snap a photo and put it up, right? Thousands of people do it every day, right? Well, in the film world it’s not that simple. The only person allowed to take pictures on set is the still photographer. Cameras are strictly forbidden and can get you fired. Once the still photographer uploads them to the unit publicist (the person who coordinates all press for the film) who has to pick, choose and approve which ones will be used. This person now has to get approval from the actors’ publicists, the director and the producers. Do you know how hard it is to get that many people to agree on anything? It’s not an easy job.
And why does it have to be such a process? Well, nobody wants the wrong thing to go out. And not because we’re trying to hide anything or be secret or anything, we just want people to get excited by seeing the right things. If you have been reading the comments on here, you probably noticed someone talking about a review of a script and how upset they were that we had changed so much. Understandably upset, but they were reading a review of a script that was three years old. Can you imagine if we released a picture of Brandon rehearsing wearing a blue shirt and that got out? People would be setting fire to the theatres before we could explain anything. Or if you had one of the vampires halfway through makeup, not looking good yet? People would think our makeup people were hacks when they’re actually quite brilliant. A seemingly innocent photo can cause big problems, especially in the lighting fast speed of the Internet.
But none of that has anything to do with why you haven’t seen Brandon as Dylan yet, it’s just merely back-story (for those of you who already knew about that process, I apologize for going through it). We actually have an awesome picture of Brandon as Dylan that has been approved by all of that…and promised to an Italian publication. We thought it only right that the Italians were the ones that published the first picture of Dylan in costume. We gave that to them weeks ago and they have yet to run it. The best I could do in the meantime is an iPhone photo at 3am. I’m working on it, though. We all are. This publication is actually being quite great about it and are putting together a huge article about the movie, it’s just taking time.
In the meantime, you’ve got me and my fun lessons of the day. Like:
1) 200 extras in one room all day in New Orleans equals a strong…aroma.
2) I have more morals than I ever gave myself credit for. For example, when an pretty young extra walks up to me and says, “Hi, I want to be famous, can you help?” my response is to tell her I cannot help her be famous and then spend the next 20 minutes lecturing her about how much trouble a question like that can get her into.
3) Taye Diggs is one cool guy. Nice, personable and very, very easy to work with. There’s so few of us around like that. :-)
Development Exec/Stuntguy/STTA (Slightly Taller Than Average)