Mark and I, when we were living in a house in East Pasadena, had success by "building" a make shift oven using a plywood box, aluminum foil, bricks, heat lamps and a fan. If it ain't broke, don't fix it. Utilizing an open but vacant room in the building, we would creep in after hours, "build the oven" and then bake the foam all night only to disassemble the oven and return everything to it's proper appearance by the morning.
|The oven is set up, ready for action!|
|Ahhhh, baked to perfection! Note the thermometer on the post to the right.|
|Pax painting suits.|
|Foam latex glove is painted and nails glued onto it.|
|Ed and Bart at the molding table.|
|For some reason, I recall that we made molds two at a time.|
|And as the molds were completed, it was time to clean them. Bart looks a bit tired of cleaning molds!|
Since she worked so closely with the individual suits, she was able to design the tattered clothes in a way to hide seams, joins, and other construction challenges.
|The suits are lined up, ready for final paint and assembly.|
|Bart's Ghost Soldier gets its wardrobe.|
"355" was very expensive and would be thinned with tri-fluoro tri-chloroethane (not sure if that is spelled correctly, sorry) which would "flash off" more quickly than be absorbed into the skin. The viscous, clear liquid was not only the industry standard (and expensive!) but it was also offered in aerosol form. We had cans of this Spray-355 that we would use on set to dress the final Ghost Soldiers with dried moss and fuller's earth.
|Late afternoon, and Mark and Bart "salute" on their way to set.|
|Ed returns "the salute."|
I wish I had tons of funny stories from set, but mostly it was just running around gluing fabric and moss over seams, getting overheated actors water, and other typical set duties. I do recall one of the non-Ghost Soldier actors being a bit...inebriated on set and vomiting on their boots just prior to a hasty bolt to some bushes to continue their purging. I can also recall one of the Ghost Soldier actors, who was from Belgium, telling us that he and his friend used to cruise around the French Riviera looking for young, female, American tourists. After gaining their trust, as soon as the women were distracted, these guys would privately photograph each other genitals with the girl's camera and return it, unseen. They would laugh hysterically later imagining what these young women would do once they would return to American and get their photos back from the lab.
It took a couple of years for THE SUPERNATURALS to get released and I don't remember seeing it in theaters. I think it went right to video in 1986. It was difficult for me to be objective about the movie. I recall being disappointed in how much the Ghost Soldiers were used in the film. We had put in so many hours and I recall that they were mostly shown back lit and in shadows. All of the gags that we did were either cut away from, cut down or cut out (for pacing?). Mark and his friend Anthony had gone back months after we wrapped to do inserts that Mark told me later ended up on the cutting room floor.
In hindsight, none of it mattered. THE SUPERNATURALS was one of the most entertaining film experiences I have had and was an appropriate introduction to a career in motion pictures.