Fans of action-packed films with kick-ass leading women will not be disappointed in Camino
which will have its world premiere at Fantastic Fest on Saturday.
listed the film in one of our preview posts as one of my
most-anticipated films of the festival. Directed by Josh Waller, this is
the second film that he and Zoe Bell have collaborated on together (Raze
being the first).
I spoke to Bell about the film and on her experiences as a stuntwoman before the premiere.
ScreenAnarchy: This is the second time you've worked with Josh Waller for a feature film; what's it like collaborating with him?
Working with Josh has been awesome. He was very instrumental in
bringing me on and convincing me that I could do this. He said that he
could help me and it's a really safe place for me. I've known him for so
long and he's watched me transition into an actor. It's a special
working relationship. He has every right to be proud of me and take a
bit of ownership.
The scenes flowed really well, acting-wise. Was there improv involved?
Not really, but when you've known someone and you're comfortable, it flows.
Nacho Vigalondo, also a director, but acting here as the main villain, is especially intense, intimidating, and magnetic.
can't wait to see him. He's one of my favorite people on the planet;
really fun, easy, and hilarious. On set, he takes it seriously. I've
found that the best people to work with are the ones who take their
craft seriously but not themselves seriously, and he's the best example
What's the most challenging aspect of acting AND doing stunts in the same role?
be honest, the stunts are where I have the most experience. Combining
it with acting, I don't find it to be especially challenging. The
character's journey is such that my physicality allows me to act with
emotions; I use what's comfortable for me to get uncomfortable. When I'm
physically exhausted, it allows me to use that in acting. The
emotionality also allows the physicality; it's mutually beneficial. When
I was first starting out, the martial arts guys teaching me wanted me
to make "effort sounds" when fighting and I was like, "really, mate?"
It's all part of the performance. It's just being "in it" as opposed to
performing it. I like the physical challenge.
How long do you rehearse a stunt before you feel comfortable filming it?
stuntperson that's good at what they do... they have a process that
they can modify before filming. On a low-budget film, there's only a
certain amount of time that you have as opposed to a big budget film. If
you've got your character down, you can get super-specific on the
action. But when it's a safety thing and you've got multiple moving
parts, that's when you really want to nail things down --- gags that
involve multiple people or if there's someone on wires... a vehicle...
Preferably that's when there's no camera around, let alone rolling,
because you need to synchronize people's efforts. Having said that, I
have often found myself in a situation where there's only so much time,
people, budgets, and you make it happen on a scale that you can keep
people safe. If it's just me throwing myself out of a tree or throwing
myself onto someone, I can make some shit up on the spot and execute. If
you can take the time off set, you should.
Did you shoot in Hawaii?
The locale seemed familiar. How long was the shoot?
In January, we shot for a week and got several days before Hateful Eight called me back. We did much more filming in June.
Was it difficult slipping back into character after so many months had gone by?
Yeah, it was. I love Avery, my character. It's such a weird thing we do. I had been in such a different space on Hateful Eight with the work I was doing, both with the training and the character. We were halfway through a scene the first day back on Camino, and I felt, "ah... There she is!"
Is there any particular memory you'd like to share from the set?
was a tough shoot. I don't know how appropriate this is, but it was
very hot in the jungle, and we drank a lot of water without strategically
placed porta-potties. There was a lot of popping and squatting in the
jungle! And the constant fear of getting mosquito bites on bums. I was
talking with my agents and made sure that on the next projects there
will be lots of toilets!
Beyond, that, I'm
proud of Josh, proud of myself, and proud of the cast and crew. I feel
that on this movie, we had a bit more freedom, especially for Josh and
I. I think that this film is much more in line with Josh's personal
flavor. I can't wait for the premiere!