The “LOST” Home Movie

The cast from Steve Czarnecki's entry in the Walt Disney Studio's employee LOST video contest held in May of 2010.
The cast from Steve Czarnecki’s entry in the Walt Disney Studio’s employee LOST video contest held in May of 2010. Click on image to enlarge it.

While most of my posts here on my blog have to do with my drawings and paintings, once in awhile I get to play in other genres of the creative arts. This past spring provided just such an opportunity through my good friend Steve Czarnecki when he called me to see if I’d lend him a hand with a video contest his employer was hosting. His employer was Disney, and they were asking their employees to submit 30 second homemade videos pertaining to the end of their hit television series LOST on ABC. Today, the final season of LOST is released on DVD, so I thought it was a good day to show some of my behind-the-scenes photos of the LOST Series Final√® Event Promo Shoot culminating in showing you the final winning video!

When Steve called me, I could hear the hesitation in his voice. “Hey Chad, um, I………want you to play ‘Hurley’ in my video.” “Why the hesitation?” I thought. Was it because I had won the lottery and then was abandoned on an uncharted island? Nope, haven’t done that. Perhaps because I say “Duuude” a lot? Nope, I don’t say that (much). Perhaps because he knew I had a collection of plaid shirts? Nah. Perhaps we’ll never know.

The backyard was literally littered with airplane parts for "LOST" atmosphere.
The backyard was literally littered with airplane parts for “LOST” atmosphere.
The director (at right) surveying his set.
The director (at left) surveying his set.
Some details could ruin your appetite.
Some details could ruin your appetite.

Steve’s shoot took place all day on a beautiful Saturday. My call time was early in the morning when my speaking part would be filmed. When I arrived, you could see that Steve pulled out all the stops. He had borrowed airplane parts from a salvage yard and had strewn them across his backyard. He had borrowed costumes (I – ahem – brought my own wardrobe), had made props, fog machines, a quality camera, and folks who knew how to use them! This was going to be quite a production!

Not only was the set looking mighty fine – Steve had arranged for some other surprises as well. The reason for my early call time was so that I could work with Daniel Roebuck who actually played Dr. Leslie Arzt on the actual show. Danny was a good sport about coming out and reprising his character for Steve’s short film. Without giving it away, his involvement really made the contest entry sparkle!

Daniel Roebuck (on the right) known for his various roles from "Matlock", "The Fugitive" and many other shows and movies.
Daniel Roebuck (on the right) known for his various roles from “Matlock”, “The Fugitive” and many other shows and movies.
Director of Photography Josh Turchetta shooting a scene with Steve Czarnecki, Daniel Roebuck, and another friend.
Director of Photography Josh Turchetta shooting a scene with Steve Czarnecki, Daniel Roebuck, and another friend playing a Dharma Initiative worker.
Dr. Leslie Arzt (Daniel Roebuck) and Hugo 'Hurley' Reyes (Chad Frye) with a bucket of Mr. Cluck's Chicken.
Dr. Leslie Arzt (Daniel Roebuck) and Hugo ‘Hurley’ Reyes (Chad Frye) with a bucket of Mr. Cluck’s Chicken.

After our morning shoot, I was able to take off for a couple of hours while the guys worked on some special effects shots, then I came back for the party scene. And what a scene! Other folks imitating characters from the show were there, along with three more performers who had small parts on the actual LOST show. Instead of babbling on about it here, I’ll let the pictures tell the story….

Inside the house, Steve Czarnecki is seen here directing his cast on how they should act when a steady cam will roam around them.
Inside the house, Steve Czarnecki is seen here directing his cast on how they should act when a steady cam will roam around them.
Many details were a part of the set such as food items with Dharma Initiative labels, and this drawing of "LOST" producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse with a polar bear.
Many details were a part of the set such as food items with Dharma Initiative labels, and this drawing of “LOST” producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse with a polar bear.
Sterling Beaumon who played the young Ben Linus on "LOST" was a part of the contest shoot.
Sterling Beaumon who played the young Ben Linus on “LOST” was a part of the contest shoot.
Yes, we even had Dharma Initiative scientists.
Yes, we even had Dharma Initiative scientists – some with battle damage!
Even the real Nadia (Sayid's doomed love on "LOST") came out to play with us - Andrea Gabriel.
The real Nadia (Sayid’s doomed love on “LOST”) came out to play with us – Andrea Gabriel. And no, that’s not my real hair, though I do think that is Andrea’s real hair.

We even had Walt's dog in our shoot. I had charge of him in some shots. He was very easy to control since I was holding that bucket of chicken all the time. That's also his real hair.
We even had Walt’s dog in our shoot. I had charge of him in some shots. He was very easy to control since I was holding that bucket of chicken all the time. That’s also his real hair.

 

Erin Cottrell, known for her role of Missie LaHaye in movie adaptations of Janette Oke books.
Erin Cottrell, known for her role of Missie LaHaye in movie adaptations of Janette Oke books.

Our fearless director, Steve Czarnecki, who should be smiling. He won an iPad for all his efforts.

Our fearless director's daughter, Lindalee Czarnecki.
Our fearless director’s daughter, Lindalee Czarnecki.
Neil Hopkins, who played "Liam Pace", Charlie's brother and co-founder of the band "Driveshaft".
Neil Hopkins, who played “Liam Pace”, Charlie’s brother and co-founder of the band “Driveshaft”.
And our final parting shot of my friend Doug Engalla on the left, our version of John Locke, and then yours truly.
And our final parting shot of my friend Doug Engalla on the left, our version of John Locke, and then yours truly.

As I mentioned above, Steve Czarnecki did win the grand prize in the studio contest for his work. You can watch the video below. My only complaint is that with all the great stuff and talent at our disposal – the video is too short. But contest rules are contest rules, so 30 seconds it is! (Complete with voiceover at the end by Bill Rogers, the official announcer of Disneyland!)

One reply on “The “LOST” Home Movie”

Dude… Julie and I are watching ALL OF THE SEASONS of Lost, and we just started Season 6. So DON’T TELL ME HOW IT ENDS! LOL!! This stuff you posted is AMAZING!!! It’s so cool that you actually got to meet some of the cast members from the show!! The video is absolutely hysterical. You playing the part of Hurley is so funny. That wig is somethin’ else!!

Thanks for sharing this! Very cool.

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