Billy Trigger started with a bang since we had to reshuffle our schedule several times to accommodate various scheduling problems with our main talents. It ended up defeating my main goal: Not shooting exteriors in November, a sorrowful and cold experience I had the displeasure of experiencing on several other shoots before. We failed totally on that count and we started shooting smack in the beginning of a cold snap. Of course, most of the exteriors fell on those days. We also had to shoot with our first “star”, Matthew Bennet who plays Aaron Doval in the cult series Battlestar Galactica, as well as tons of other interesting roles all over American and Canadian TV… You never know how things will go with name talents.

Sometimes they are great, sometimes not so much. Well, we lucked out. Mr. Bennett was an absolute gentlemen, who went above and beyond the call of duty. First day was rough as somehow Billy Trigger himself went MIA in his shower, not hearing our calls and door knocks through his blaring alarm and shower noises… Since we were on a tight schedule, we had to leave him behind (not knowing he was there and wondering where the writer/star could be and why the hell would he miss his first shoot day). We brought Mr. Bennett to the studio where he did a costume fitting and started rehearsing the intricate star choreography for the next day while Fallon, now out of his thunderdome shower, was trying to figure out why production did not pick him up…

An hour and a half later, both actors where rehearsing their fight. The afternoon went pretty smoothly, with small scenes to shoot with Mr. Bennett, a consummate professional who delivered a bang up performance. It was a long day because we had several locations. Then we went to Chinatown to shoot the opening sequence of the film. Seconds in the first sequence, Trigger pulled a tendon, an injury sustained while training for the film weeks before. So what was already going to be a complicated sequence, compounded by the lack of light and the cold, was made even worst. We experimented with the GoPro camera and got some interesting shots out of it.

It was a long night but we covered the bases. Next morning was an early one where we had to shoot Trigger’s encounter with Bruno, a top assassin sent on his trail by Pops. It was quite a fun day, with lots of fisticuffs. Fallon’s injury was still plaguing him but he soldiered on. Mr. Bennett displaying an undeniable talent in ass-kickery. the shoot went so well, we even wrapped early and managed to take Mr. Bennett out for one last dinner before his departure the next day. We had an absolutely amazing time with the man.He seems to have enjoyed the experience as well.

Day three saw us fighting Montreal traffic to head to Blainville to shoot a shootout in a junkyard between Trigger (John Fallon) and Ewan (Anderson Bradshaw), Pop’s son. Luck was on our side as the high walls cut the freezing winds and the sun was shining, making things a little warmer than they should. And the light had a rich golden quality that made that scene a little surreal. Things went super well and really quick, with more amazing GoPro action and we wrapped fairly early too.

Next came Day four, where we had to shoot establishing shots, car shots and other assorted visual things that required no actors for the most part. Well, it turned out to be a rough one. Biting cold, insane Montreal traffic, an intelligent car too smart for us, batteries dying in minutes because of said cold, what should have been a smooth day turned into a nightmare. Now we are getting ready to welcome the Hammer in Montreal and preparing for week 2…