Guns -- Updated 3/23/04
This movie is being edited. Renee hopes it will be done in about
RENEE AT AUSTIN FILM FESTIVAL
In an article by Emily Hummel for KVUE.com,
"Actress Renee O'Connor of Xena Warrior Princess fame
has stepped behind the scenes and into the world of digital filmmaking.
The Texas native produced and stars in Diamonds and Guns, which
takes full advantage of the new technology. O'Connor says the lower production
cost speeds up the whole process. 'It allows a producer to tell
a story without waiting for people in Hollywood to finance it,' O'Connor
explained Friday at a barbecue at the Governor's Mansion. She is currently
in pre-production on another digital film, Margaritaville."
asked Renee about Margaritaville (which is the further adventures of
Diamonds and Guns' Ashley and Bria in New Mexico -- actually,
that's a typo, which Renee spotted <blush>, it's supposed to say
just Mexico) and she wrote back, "It is in development, with a goal
to begin filming late 2003 or early 2004, but the producers behind Diamonds
and Guns, and myself, are currently in pre-production on another film
with more details to come... Renee"
Photos below were taken during the video interview
of Renee. And, as I've been practicing my mindreading skills, yes,
we will be selling photos from this shoot. Standing
on my boss' balconey, I asked Renee to do her Titanic
imitation (grin). Photos from this interview are by Wendy
Sparks © Creation Ent.
Renee is gleefully rubbing her hands
together as she sets in to do my makeup and hair. The
evil chuckle she emitted gave me pause, but I let her have at it
Renee talks about
the plot of the movie:
"The character I
play, Ashley, is a dancer who drags her friend with
her to Vegas because she has an audition to play a 'cat.'
She thinks she's auditioning for a production of the Broadway
musical. The show turns out to be 'Kittens.'"
"The movie is a
romantic comedy about two ladies who end up in Las
Vegas and find true love. One's an American, the other's
a New Zealander. Bria, the New Zealander, played by
Helena Beaven, is about to be deported and is trying
to stay in the United States."
"She ends up marrying
Francis who's the son of a casino owner. But Francis
is engaged to be married the next day to the daughter of
a rival casino owner. They're trying to create a truce by marrying
the son and the daughter. However, they're absolutely wrong
for each other."
"Francis marries Bria
so she can stay in the country. But she's afraid because
his family is like the Italian Mafioso and they send their
henchmen after her. Bria then falls for the head henchman."
"My character gets food
poisoning. I go to see a male nurse who turns out to
be . . . Francis! He helps me feel better and I fall in
love with him." (to be continued)
Renee will begin filming an independent
feature-length film called
Diamonds and Guns early this summer.
It will be shot in Las Vegas and Los Angeles.
Directed by Chris Dollard, with a script by Dawn
Higginbotham (from a story by Dawn and Helena Beaven
who are producing their first full-length film), it is a
comedy about two friends -- from America and New Zealand
-- who go to Las Vegas to find true love. It is being shot
digitally with an eye toward film festivals and future distribution.
Renee said, "I chose this script out of all the ones
I've been looking at because it was one
of the funniest I'd read. It has an energy on
the page which I hope translates to the screen and
the audience. It came to me by way of Aaron Morton
who did the lighting on "Dangerous Prey," the Xena episode
I directed. Aaron did the lighting on a movie called
Nemesis Game and introduced me to the guys who wrote,
produced and directed that movie. They in turn introduced
me to Helena. It all began with Xena."