Over the past two days all we do is say goodbye. First, goodbye to Arleen. You remember Arleen, our first line producer. She got us up and running out of chaos while we were still in Manila. You've seen her on our trip to Balicasag. Yesterday she flew to Amsterdam and her new life in Holland with some lucky German guy. She'll be teaching film production at the university level. She is a talented producer and I hope for the sake of the Philippines that she returns to work here.
Then we had to say goodbye to John Boyd, and we didn't even get to work with him. He was our SHANKER. We cast him way last Fall, and though we knew he was a regular on "24" we just couldn't imagine he wouldn't be able to come to the Philippines. We were wrong. We'll work with him another time, insh'allah.
And finally Bebeth. She and Cooper welcomed us to Toril and smoothed every path. Though we knew that Bebeth had volunteered to go to Thailand for the VSO on a project to fight violence against women, we hoped that somehow she would be able to delay her departure till after the shoot. We hoped she was going to be our Boholano translator on the set, working especially with the extras and local actors that she and Cooper helped to recruit. Wrong again.
I'll really miss her. I miss my girlfriends when I'm away from home and Betty and Arleen were my location pals.