-->
Follow the Hollow Tree on Facebook!Follow the tweets!Let's pin together!Look! Square pictures!Google Plus us!HTV's on the YouTube, too!Subscribe via RSS feed!Get yourself some Bloglovin'!I'll send htv to your email inbox!

Friday, November 9, 2012

As The Dollhouse Turns - Outtakes

Sometimes my life feels like one long outtake.


Things have been a little hectic around here at HTV headquarters, what with school being closed, attending parent/teacher conferences at which I had to explain why my 7-year-old daughter wrote a two page journal entry detailing all the parts of Resident Evil that terrified her (don't look at me),  and Madeline screaming her way through her 18-month checkup because, well, lab coats are scary.

Things have been equally hectic in the lives of our As The Dollhouse Turns stars, though admittedly they were involved in 100% fewer court appearances than I was this week, so they have that going for them.

That's why I'm sharing some behind-the-scenes outtakes today. We'll be back next week to continue the ATDT saga, but for now please enjoy this insider glimpse at life on the set, where (like in real life) things rarely go the way you planned.

-----------------------------------

Even under the best circumstances, putting an episode of As The Dollhouse Turns together has its challenges...


The young actresses, especially, get themselves into trouble. I'm not sure who was in charge of set design on this day, or who smeared Vaseline all over the camera lens, but I really enjoyed seeing Chenille picking her nose in the background. Nice touch.

 
Oh, did you miss it? Don't worry, they got a close-up. Apparently the hair and makeup girl was off that day, too.
 

When you finally get everyone rounded up on set, a lot of time can be wasted re-taking shots. Like, a million times. Sometimes it's because a cast member gets upset when the camera angle makes it look like another actor is smashing her head into a brick wall, for example.


Or maybe a fight scene ends up looking a little less "badass" and a little too "boudoir."


Luckily, our staff includes an acting coach, who's more than willing to help the stars work out any issues they might have.  Sometimes she even does it without rolling her eyes. But not often.


If coaching doesn't help, she'll usually try carrying them around by the head. When all else fails, she won't hesitate to give a swirly when warranted.


Sometimes, like today, nothing but a little vacation will help reinvigorate the cast's creativity and enthusiasm. The girls, for example, took a field trip this afternoon to The Most Effed Up Animal Hospital On Planet Earth.


If there's a better place to visit a land shark and a chocolate muffin in a cage than Spiderman's Effed Up Animal Hospital, I'd be awfully surprised.
 
I'm not entirely sure what all the other characters do on their days off. Buster texted me this photo of himself, but I can't even hazard a guess as to what he and his hunchback friends are doing with that skateboard in the attic.


I imagine Maggie spends a lot of time on Pinterest, and Betty probably hooks up with some random dude in a liquor store. However, I think we all can guess how Sunny unwinds.


And after a week like this, I think I'll follow her lead. Cheers and happy weekend, my friends.


Top Mommy Blogs - Mom Blog Directory



I hope you enjoyed yourself while you were here - and I hope you come back! Please share inappropriate giggles with me on Pinterest, Twitter, and Facebook, or subscribe via email so you don't miss a thing - and so I don't get all lonely. I get extra-pathetic when I'm lonely.


22 comments:

  1. Actors have such HUGE egos--I'm amazed you're ever able to do a serious episode!!

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Yeah, somebody's always getting bent out of shape. No pun intended. Heaven help me when it's time for contract negotiations - we might end up with Barbies and GI Joe.

      Delete
  2. I'm looking forward to the inevitable 20 year "Where are they now?" ATDT special.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Hopefully they all end up in the same rehab so people don't have to look too hard to find them.

      Delete
  3. This might be my favorite episode yet, and the two comments above me totally get a gold star. I can't top that.

    ReplyDelete
  4. I can't even get our "cast of characters" to stay in the same room. They end up at separate ends of the house, naked and disheveled.

    Today tragedy struck when a giant wild animal ate an armchair.

    I just do not how you do it.

    :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I remember back to the days when I used to be the one that was naked and disheveled. Sigh.

      Delete
  5. Just do us all a favour when Disney comes calling and don't do a George Lucas. I dread the thought of Sunny being turned into a wholesome Princess.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. I'll never do a George Lucas - except for the money part, hopefully. I'd be okay with the money part. ;)

      Delete
  6. You had a court appearance this week? Wait. Did I miss a post?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh no, you didn't miss anything. One day I'll start an anonymous blog... ;)

      Delete
  7. I truly believe the Most Effed Up Animal Hospital On Planet Earth should probably get it's own spin-off show one of these days...

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. That would be too funny, until Spiderman tried to bumble his way through spaying a chocolate muffin and he had to admit he flunked out of veterinary school. What a fraud that guy is. ;)

      Delete
  8. Love this behind the scenes look! Can't wait for the next episode! :)

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thanks, glad you liked it! The crew will be back to regular programming in a few days. :)

      Delete
  9. "If there's a better place to visit a land shark and a chocolate muffin in a cage than Spiderman's Effed Up Animal Hospital, I'd be awfully surprised."

    That might be the greatest sentence ever composed ...ever.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. It's a fun place to visit for the afternoon, but don't waste your money on the all-you-can-ride wristband. Trust me on this one.

      Delete
  10. Love the outtakes! Your little staff coach is quite a cutie pie, I hope she's not turning the actresses into divas.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Oh my no, she's far too much of a diva to let anyone else be one. ;)

      Delete
  11. Giggle, giggle, snort and chuckle. You are wonderful. I promise it is only one glass of wine. Thank you for the laughs.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. YOU are wonderful - and believe me, no one ever gets judged around here for the number of glasses of wine she consumes. :)

      Delete

Thank you for commenting - you're awesome! I mean, even if you're a jerk, at least it means you read my blog. RIGHT?!?