Save Your Life

This weekend I tried my hand at film makeup, and it seems to have gone over well! I worked on 3 male actors, and it was a much simpler form of makeup that way. Guys don’t need any eye makeup, they just need some general skin care and foundation to even out their complexions, and then lots of setting powder, and some bronzer for sculpting. I was especially handy at mopping up sweaty brows and re-powdering shiny noses ­čÖé I had to create some sort of prison yard type tattoos on the thugs in the film, so I put a spider web on one man’s neck, and the other’s elbow, and put a cross on one’s forearm and a spade on the other’s hand. They were by no means professional looking, and when you looked at them in person you could tell it wasn’t real, and was eyeliner, but it worked for the shot. I also got to bloody a guy’s nose and lip! It was exciting.

Save Your Life is going to be a TV special that they are hoping will be picked up by a network and eventually become a series. The premise is that you can use martial arts training for many things in life, including overcoming trauma, dealing with past hurts, and getting yourself out of dangerous situations, the last being the scene we shot this weekend. We filmed in downtown San Jose, and boy did we get so many curious glances from passers-by.

I met a lot of really, genuinely nice people on this shoot, most of them associated with KO Karate. Master John Ozuna is the proprietor of KO, wrote a book about his multitude of life experiences from which Save Your Life originated, and is such a sweetheart! His fellow instructors and students made up the cast and extras, and there was a small production team who were professional and eager to make the most of every situation, from gawkers, light rail trains, buses and homeless people, to ever-changing light situations, losing power and having to re-shoot certain scenes soooo many times.

I am so happy to have been a part of this production, but man, I was worn out at the end of the first day because it followed my 5k and early wake up time. We had originally planned on just one day of shooting, but due to losing the light, we shot 2 scenes on Sunday to finish up. Over all it was about 10 hours total, but in film, you hurry up to wait. You rush rush rush to get everything done so you can start shooting, then you just hang around to see when you will be needed.

I didn’t get to snap a lot of pictures during the shooting, but here are the few I caught!

Master John Ozuna in the KO Karate studio

Pete, AKA Thug #1

Leland AKA The Dealer and his neck tattoo

Shooting on 1st st at Paseo de San Antonio

Fun facts I learned this weekend: Master Ozuna is the 2008 Guinness World Record holder of most martial arts punches in one minute, we was chosen to be one of the Ninja Turtles in the original movie, but declined the role to pursue more martial arts, the KO Karate studio bathrooms are AH-MAZING, one being the Zen garden and the other the Dragon’s Den, and they both live up to their names.

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