Chat with cast and crew of 'Chupacabra the Musical'
By BY APRILL BRANDON - ABRANDON@VICAD.COM
Oct. 27, 2009 at 5:27 a.m.
Updated Oct. 29, 2009 at 5:29 a.m.
It took many people, many hours and many beers to make the non-award-winning "Chupacabra the Musical."
From the musical team of Robert Zavala, Julie Zavala and Bob Zavala, to directors T.C. Baker and Drew "The Intern" Stewart, down to the extras Adriana Vazquez and Manuel Zamora, all these poor schmucks got suckered somehow into this project.
As such, I took some time out of my busy day to sit down and chat with them about their experience.
Q: What made you decide to get involved in "Chupacabra the Musical?"
Julie: "My boss made me."
T.C.: "My boss told me I had to do it."
Robert: "The editor informed me that it is part of my job description. After checking with HR, I learned that it is."
Drew: "A shot at directing glory. You know, Steven Spielberg's first film was a chupacabra movie too."
Q: What was the experience like for you?
Adriana: "I was confused the whole time. And hungry."
T.C.: "Some people would call it work. I call it torture and according to the Geneva Convention, my treatment in the production of this feature was outlawed."
Bob: "Mostly painless ... mostly."
Manuel: "Very exciting! The lights! The camera! The action! The boredom of waiting for each shot to be set up. The constant harassment by the so-called "star." What's not to love?"
Q: What was it like working with Aprill Brandon?
Manuel: "What can I say about Aprill that isn't already in the restraining order? She's incredible to work with, very professional, and extremely talented. And I'm not just staying that because of any impending litigation."
Bob: "She's taller in real life than she looks in her mug shot."
T.C.: "Really? REALLY?"
Robert: "She wrote a script that had her tackling me in one scene. I was tackled over and over again during the filming by her. She was Dick Butkus in heels."
Q: How do you think audiences will react to the film?
Manuel: "I think audiences will love it. It has everything you'd want in a movie; images imprinted on tape of actors performing parts and speaking in English."
Julie: "Hopefully, they'll think it's funny and laugh. No crying, please."
Robert: "They will cry when I get tackled."
Q: Can you describe a little bit what your role was in the making of this video?
Robert: "I co-produced the music and got tackled."
Drew: "Chupacabra technician, chupacabra makeup artist and assistant to the chupacabra."
T.C.: "I'm not real sure, but the credits call me the producer."
Q: Any chance you might be interested in making "Chupacabra 4"?
Manuel: "Of course! Hopefully, it will be a larger part than "Eviscerated Victim #3."
Adriana: "I was told there wasn't going to be any more of these things! Who told you there was going to be a fourth one? WHO?!!"
Robert: "Will there be tackling involved? If so, who will be doing the tackling? Are they from Ohio? Will they wear heels?"
T.C.: "Is my future employment contingent on it?"