This episode opens with a never-before-on-The-Closer scary nightmare sequence. And that's only the beginning. So many new things happened. For instance, have you ever seen what human legs might look like if they were attached to a person who had been dragged behind a speeding SUV all night?
The Special Effects on this dead body were so realistic, it was a little tricky shooting them without causing major vomit factor.
We had a Director new to the show, Nicole Kassell, who had directed Kyra in a movie called "The Woodsman," and if you've seen that movie, you know Nicole was the perfect choice for this dark episode.
Also, Tom Skerritt guest starred, which was very cool.
We shot in Griffith Park and I caught our boom operator Michael Patillo in one of those perfect positions, trying to find a place to be, to capture the actor's dialogue, he went right up a tree and luckily I had my camera ready.
Let's see, what else happened? Well, one of our electricians, Doug Lerma, tricked Kyra into thinking that Costume Designer Greg LaVoi's Brussels Griffon, Stella, was barking on set with his imitation of a "puppy bark." It sounds exactly like a dog barking. He also does a wolf that will send shivers down your spine. And Stella did grace us with her presence on location. She even had her own chair out there. But she has great set etiquette. She never barked once.
Oh, and there was my favorite costume. Can't forget that. I love every costume Brenda wears, but this time, I think Greg outdid himself with her black pants/Wellies/floppy hat/grey jacket combo. Probably my favorite look in all five years. While we were in Griffith Park, a button fell off of that jacket, and no one knew when or where. So Kyra's Costumer, Emilio Anorve, looked down to the ground, and immediately spied the button, amidst all the dirt and leaves. It wasn't like it was a shiny button that caught the sun, it was a light grey fabric that basically blended into it's surroundings, yet somehow, E honed right in on it. I think he has special powers.
So, is that it? Did nothing else memorable happened while we were shooting this eppie? Hmm... oh wait! How could I forget?
Kyra was immortalized with her star on the Hollywood Walk Of Fame and the cast and many crew members showed up to help honor her. It was such an amazing event, one fan even traveled all the way from London to witness Kyra get her star. It was one of those "oh my god" moments I have all the time. I think of the Walk of Fame as the Fountain of Youth, because it grants certain people immortality, if you think about it. I mean, they'll live forever! I get to be a little part of this amazing world, and it just blows my mind sometimes. Anyway, back to Kyra's Star Ceremony. I attended the event with Greg and Emilio, and we travel very well together, so naturally we wiggled our way into the VIP section.
Can you blame us?
Stacey has been burnin' hair on Hollywood TV and Film sets since 1996. Her credits include "The Stepfather," "Nip/Tuck," "EZ Streets," "Running With Scissors," "Providence," and of course, TNT's "The Closer," where she is enjoying Season 5 as the Department Head Hair Stylist. She also enjoys making music and movies. And pizza.
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