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On Set For: Krystyn Decker's film High Hopes

Alexey Kosorukov (Director of Photgraphy) and Arthur Mah (1st Camera Assistant)
On Set For:
 High Hopes
Written & Directed by:
Krystyn Decker

Alberta-born Krystyn Decker may be from Beaumont, a town on the southeast edge of Edmonton, but she wasn't going to stay in the small town long. She packed up her bags and headed to film school in the big city; New York City that is.  Her thesis project, a short film called High Hopes which she wrote and directed, is set to screen at the New York Film Academy on Friday, January 30th, 2015.

I was lucky enough to be on set and have the chance to work with a fantastic crew while doing makeup for this hilarious film.

Krystyn Decker, Screenwriter and Director

"The inspiration kind of came from the fact that one of my favorite movies is Pineapple ExpressI love Seth Rogen and it just seems like something he'd approve of. I think stoner comedies are one of the funniest types. I was going to do a drama and I had a story close to my heart that I wanted to do as my thesis, but every single person in my class made a drama/love film. I decided it was almost screaming at me to stand out, so I made a stoner comedy. Completely different from everyone else."
Krystyn Decker, Writer and Director

Seigfred Perolino (Actor)
While filming on location at Chad's Smoke Shop in Sherwood Park, Alberta, I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people, both familiar faces and new.  The thing about being on set, for me anyway, is that you are with these people sometimes for more then 14 hours a day for a couple of weeks and you build a bond with them.  You are all there because of a shared passion for making movies.  You grow close to the people on set and they are what I like to call my 'set family'.   
"I had a great experience. It was my first short film, so I came in thinking a million things. The biggest thing that I was constantly thinking of was what it would be like to be on set. Right away, on the first day, I found out. Everyone was so nice and it wasn't as scary as I thought it would be."
 Seigfred Perolino, Actor

Front L to R: Olivia Morley; Michael Welsh (Rico/ Sasha); Matthew Churchill (Seth) Back: Seigfred Perolino (Dale) and Not Shown: Peter Dickhout (Store Owner Billy)

Film Quote:

"So, unless you're wearing a sexy tight dress
with a nice pair of (makes gesture towards boobs),
I ain't sellin' it to you." - Billy

This experience will hold a special place in my heart as it was the first film I was able to do a male-to-female drag makeup.  I was pretty nervous actually.  It's a look that can be hard to achieve. I got a cute pink wig, long lashes, some lip gloss and went to work on Michael Welsh to create Miss Sasha.

It's all about how you contour the face by shaping it into a more feminine look. It was difficult considering my subject was so manly looking, but I was successful.  None of the crew were allowed to see until I was finished and I knew I did a good job by their reaction.

Michael Welsh and I, Before & After his transformation

"That was my first time being 1st AD, so I was nervous about working with people from outside of our school, but everyone was so cooperative, patient and put more than one hundred per cent effort into the project. There was one day we needed to shoot night to morning, go back to rest and come back to the same location just a few hours later, but nobody complained about it. I learned a lot as 1st AD and I realized one more time that filmmaking is awesome". 
Koei Taga, 1st Assistant Director

Koei Taga (1st AD)

Film Quote:

"Just in case your dainty little
hands drops the bong again!" - Dale

One of my favorite moments on set was when I needed to create a paintball splatter on Billy's (played by Peter Dickhout) crotch area. So being the makeup and effects artist I am, I can up with a solution that was sure to work.

I decided to suck up old green paint from a one gallon can through a straw and then blow has hard as I could through that straw so the paint would splatter over Billy's crotch.  It would make an awesome paintball print.  At least in my mind it did. 

In reality, it wasn't such a good idea after all.   Not only was it terrifying to suck paint up a straw in the dark not knowing if it would shoot into my mouth or not, but when I went to blow it out to get the perfect paintball print it just made a horrible odd fart-like noise and trickled out the end.

Complete fail.

Alexey Kosorukov (Director of Photography)

"In the beginning I was a little nervous because it was my first time working on a movie with a new crew and in a different country. We had an enormous amount of fun and I feel like I've learned a lot on set. The schedule was intense, but you know it's just part of the game. I'm from Russia, so when I came to Canada (it was my first time by the way) it felt like home, maybe because of the weather, and you guys have shit load of trucks in Edmonton (I love trucks).  I'm pretty sure that I'll never forget this shoot, not only because it was cool, but also because me and a drunk Koei (1st AD) missed our flight back to NYC. We had to fly from Edmonton to San Francisco and then to New York.  I hate airplanes. I have this flying phobia."
Alexey Kosorukov, Director of Photography

Doing a stoner comedy you can imagine there were more than a few laughs had both on screen and off.  With any luck, I'll join up with these folks again.  Maybe for High Hopes 2.  What do you think Krystyn?

Cast & Crew signed a poster for Krystyn after filming wrapped

High Hopes Premier
New York Film Academy
Jan 30th, 2015

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