October 24th , 2004
The Charlie Chaplin Theatre, Raleigh Studios, Hollywood
What follows are the thoughts and memories of Sharon Bridge, wife, mother, Sacramento rancher, member of the world-famous Official Hellboy Movie Forum The Hellsite, Dougie-fan and - for this one magical night - roving reporter for The Doug Jones Experience.
We're sure you'll enjoy Sharon's recollections.
Teresa and Sharon
The premier’s first show started a little after 6pm in the Charlie Chaplin Theatre at Raleigh Studios. Most were in attendance of the first show, including Doug and his wife Laurie, who arrived just before the screening and settled in the first row at the opposite end from where we sat two rows back.
The Q & A after the screening (Left to right) - Alex Goode (actor), Larry Wilson (scriptwriter), Doug Jones (actor), Phil Donlon (actor/director/producer), Jennifer Pae (actor) and Steve Ordower (producer/editor)
The film… A SERIES OF SMALL THINGS was both visually and audibly arresting. I am NOT a film critic. In fact my husband takes great pleasure in declaring that I have “cinema dyslexia”. So in my most humble opinion I would like to say that I was amazed at the film's ability to give such depth to each character despite the time constraints required for such films. To me it was like a single bite of a shamefully delicious triple chocolate cake. I feel fortunate to at least be able to have a taste, but give me more! It had been stated that the movie is about redemption. It is a heartrending but not depressing or morbid film.
Doug and Phil Donlon
It prompts discussion, as it did at the dinner table at the Pacific Dining Car (1310 West 6th Street, Los Angeles, CA). It was a treat to be invited to a late dinner (10pm-ish) with Doug, his wife Laurie and close friend and neighbor Dave Thompson. Among the other diners were Phil Donlon and his wife Debbie and brother-in-law Robin, Steve Ordower and wife Christina, Wes Tabayoyong, Charles Plath and Alex Lee (2nd Assistant Director).
Doug with Charles Plath, publicist
Phil is so (I know it sounds clichéd) passionate about this film. It was wonderful to hear him speak of it as if he himself were in awe at its outcome. It was enormously amusing to sit back and enjoy the repartee between all these talented people. Doug (whom I was lucky enough to sit next to) and I shared a couple of private jokes - I remember something about a Cyclops and pirate that had me laughing to the point of tears.
Doug describes his portrayal of the intuitive homeless guy as “creepy/angelic” and he received many complements from his fellow cast and crew, which he accepts graciously. As you know he is leaving for Prague to start filming DOOM and as I understand it THE CABINET OF DR. CALIGARI will be completed in February 2005. I spoke with Barbara Hintz, the assistant editor for CALIGARI; she informed me that there was a likelyhood that there will be a premiere for THE CABINET OF DR.CALIGARI in Sacramento at the Crest Theatre. I think I will become quite the pest and attempt finagling a couple of seats to that film if, in fact, it premieres in SacTown.I digress, though, so let me get back to premiere night. If you like you can go on a virtual tour of Raleigh Studios and pay particular attention to the studio café pics. The shindig was not only beautifully catered in this café, which sits just outside of the screening room, but there was a live band as well.
Laurie and Doug
I would also like to say a few words about Dave. Dave was so sweet, he spent a good 20 minutes trying to locate a pen (the one thing I forgot to bring- duh) just to write down my address and Teresa’s so Doug could send autographed photos to our kids. We talked about his career (hey Dave - I should have got a card), about his kids (2) the oldest is Doug’s godson and about Mule Days in Bishop, CA.
There was discussion of where to go to get a bite to eat and Teresa and I were invited along. I was embarrassed to inform the group that we wanted nothing more than to join them but we were without transportation. Not a problem, Doug said. I was afraid of being a burden and sweet Laurie told me not to worry. She, Teresa and I piled into the back seat of their car and with Doug at the wheel and Dave navigating we were off to down town Los Angeles. Doug, being so expressive physically, was quite the driver. It did not help much that I kept throwing questions at him and kept him talking the entire time he was driving.
A wild ride, one close call and we were at the restaurant.We all sat down, Laurie sat across from Doug and left the seat next to him for me. Bless you Laurie. Needless to say I was still too excited to eat and ordered just soup and a glass of wine (which really helped calm the nerves). There was a lot of conversation going on and forgive me for not bringing a recorder, but I will share a few tidbits. Other dialogue should be available on the SOST website.
At the request of Shadowcat I asked about the Abe make-up; It took 3 hours to remove and occasionally he would wear some “Fish-Bits” back to his hotel. Wearing the “Fish-bits” would cut down on the amount of time it took to put the make-up back on and filming could resume more quickly. As for how it wore in the water, he stated that he was really amazed at the resiliency of the make-up. It not only stayed on in water but it remained sound after he pulled himself, wet, across the set floor (after being attacked by Sammy).
Doug also told me that the dialog in the scene in STALLED where “Len” walked into the restroom after it had been destroyed he wrote himself. I found this to be very enlightening since it was my favorite scene in the movie. It was the scene where I really felt the character of Len went from one-dimensional stereotypical hillbilly to two-dimensional compassionate guy in 10-times-too-big overalls.Overall both the film and dinner made for a most memorable evening. If I have any other recollections I will be sure to pass them on.
Sharon BridgeOctober, 2004
MORE IMAGES FROM THE PREMIERE
Our sincere thanks must go to Charles Plath and Sharon Bridge for their photographs - all of the images on this page belong to them.
Doug and Sun Kim, producer
Mister J sends greetings to his Fan Sapiens on the Hellsite ... awwww ...
Two ladies out on the razzle in down town Los Angeles ... looking every inch the Stars they are
Sharon, Doug and Teresa
Ya know, Doug, Phil, Laurie and the whole crew down in Hollywood made me feel like I was the celebrity. I walked up to Doug before the Q&A - he was sitting in the front row of the theater - I tapped him on the knee and said "Doug?" He turned, took one look at me and said excitedly "Sharon?" I said "yes" and he stood up and was, I think, more excited to see me then I was to see him. He hugged me and introduced me to Laurie.
What was most amusing is that when he intoduced me to Phil, Phil complemented me on my dress saying that he had read on the message board that I was having trouble finding the right outfit and that he was glad I got it all worked out.Sun Kim also made a point to introduce himself to me just as he was leaving, and thanked me for coming down.
It was such a awesome night and I had a hard time writing about it in a way that conveyed how interesting it was without sounding as if I was babbling.Sharon BridgeNovember, 2004
Sharon and Doug
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