Spent the weekend a.d.'ing Tracy Martin's short film Wheels (from my script). Tracy was the producer of Psychopathia Sexualis, and this short was made as part of The Woman's Angle Film Project, which is designed to encourage and support women filmmakers.
It was a three-day (12-hour per) shoot and, remarkably, we finished ahead of schedule (though filthy and exhausted after shooting at a car impound lot).
LaLa Cochran in Wheels, photo by Terry Thomas
Someone pointed out that I'm on a wheelchair kick (because the male lead of The Other Half is in a wheelchair, but it's purely a coincidence.
Actually, the characters in Wheels come from a different script altogether, written by Anthony Montoya. Tracy decided not to shoot that version, but liked the characters and asked me to come up with an alternate version. In the original script, the main character (Bianca) was a woman whose marriage was crumbling because an accident had left her paralyzed. It was an effective metaphor for relationship entrapment, but Tracy wanted a more independent and active female protagonist.
When I inherited the script, I thought WWLCD? (What Would Lon Chaney Do?). A light went on, the script was writ, shot, and is now headed for post. Congrats to Tracy and crew, and a big salute to LaLa Cochran in the lead role.
So, no one knows it, but Wheels is an homage to Lon Chaney in Tod Browning's West of Zanzibar  (and, by extension, Walter Huston in Kongo ). Wish I had a decent picture of "Dead Legs" Flint from WoZ, but you'll have to make do with this:
If you've ever seen WoZ you know the "crawl." Here's me on the set, trying to demonstrate the "Chaney Crawl" (and not doing such a good job, as you can tell by everyone's confused stares):
I'll update when the film is done and ready to screen (circa February 2009).