Captain Dick

Forecaster front page + Dan’s Birthday Candle

Pictured are members of the crew for the movie Blow the Man Down. Most of the men are shoveling snow that had just been delivered for a later scene shoot. Dan made the wooden cutout of the lobsterman, who he calls Captain Dick. Dan is barely discernible in the photo. He is on the far right, in front of the house. He is working on a mechanism for the cutout. I’m sure that is his birthday candle.

Shooting has wrapped and Dan should be back in Brooklyn early next week. First, the film had little or no snow, then three nor’easters later they had too much snow and had to go back and reshoot some scenes. Now, it appears that they’ve run out of the white stuff again and have to import it. Years ago, they filmed the Wisconsin winter wedding chapel scene at the end of  the George Clooney movie, Up in the Air, at a church adjacent to Dan’s Maplewood apartment. There they resorted to spray-painting dirt white to make snow. At least they didn’t have to do anything like that here. I hope.

Blow the Man Down is an indie film with chops. Its producers also produced the Oscar wining movie, Little Miss Sunshine. Lead actresses, Margo Martindale (Justified & The Americans) and Annette O’Toole (Smallville) have appeared in numerous film and TV productions. I’ve seen Ms. Martindale in Justified, where she plays a badass old lady crime boss. The following is this movie’s synopsis: 

An accidental murder. An established madam who does her dirtiest business while the town willingly looks the other way. 50 grand of cash up for grabs and the local men out to sea … enter two sisters with nothing and everything to lose.

Dan worked as a set dresser (read carpenter) on this film. In LA, he held this job on several films too, but those were student films. This is his first real movie. As proud parents, we look forward to its release and plan on watching the credits. 

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