Behind-The-Scenes in Your House
A Stunt Gal Tattles on What Could Happen When Your Home is The Set.
By Lisa Loving Dalton
Did you ever think it would be cool to have a movie shoot in your house? I used to think that…before I got into the movies. Let me share with you a little episode from my life as a stuntwoman that you won’t find in Falling For The Stars: A Stunt Gal’s Tattle Tales.
In this case, the job was actually a commercial, rather than a movie and I think you will get the idea anyway.
I was hired to be a pizza delivery person, with a commercial aimed at the fall college football fans. The production company rented a beautiful Victorian home with a grand wooden staircase. The second floor had many rooms off a hallway and overlooking the banister.
My job was to deliver a couple of pizzas to what was now made to look like a crazy fraternity house, with various things strewn about, including a random skateboard.
After delivering one pizza down the hall, I was to walk back toward the landing holding up the second pizza, and accidentally step on the skateboard. I would fly out of control down the hall, ricochet off the walls, flip over the bannister, and land without messing up the pizza. Sounds like fun, doesn’t it?
Well, we were shooting the ricochet off the walls part when on the third take, I went right through the real wall! I was horrified, and terribly embarrassed. I thought about the poor owners of this house and was so scared that the producers were going to be furious with me. But…no.
Everyone acted as if this was absolutely nothing to worry about, and told me to trust them. They would fix it good as new. And by golly, before I left, they had replaced that drywall, sanded it, painted it a perfect match to the rest of the hall and I suspect, the owners never knew.
Honestly, I was impressed with the set guys, relieved that it was completely unnoticeable—there wasn’t even the smell of fresh paint to be sniffed. I did however, and in all truth still do, feel a little bit like part of a con. And I definitely recommend keeping an eagle eye out when folks say, “I’d love to have a movie shot in my house.”
Thanks for reading. I love to connect with folks so reach out on social media. Ask questions about the biz, tell me about your stunts in life and enjoy the art of story.
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Meet the Author:
From a bullied, dyslexic, messy, freckle-faced, klutzy pixie, Lisa Loving Dalton grew into a statuesque and skillful stuntwoman, actor, director, teacher, author, filmmaker, leadership and life coach, and ceremonial minister. Always seeking and finding the silver lining, she has made the most of whatever life threw at her. She says, “I spill stuff, trip and drip all of the time so I made a career out of it. My advice: Embrace what is as perfect.”
Dalton appeared in more than 200 films, television shows and commercials in New York, Hollywood and Texas, including work in Ghostbusters, Money Pit, Crocodile Dundee, Married to the Mob, FX, Legal Eagles, and Splash on the big screen and ER, HBO’s Carnivale, Dr. Quinn and Melrose Place among her many TV credits.
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Quick Summary of Falling for the Stars:
AMAZON #1 BESTSELLER!
This Behind-the-Scenes Tell-All About Doubling for Celebrity Superstars Also Reveals the Compelling Life Story of an Insecure Hollywood Arrival Who Rises to the Top of Her Field, But Pays a Hefty Price.
- Big Egos collide with the surprising kindness of superstars.
Discover the magic and the tragic stories of many great films & TV shows through the eyes of a stuntwoman. Dalton reveals what it took to hang over cliffs, get hit by a moving car, drop from five stories up, dodge an avenue full of speeding cars--and to ignore the Universe's more gentle prompts that it was time to quit and follow her passion into acting full-time or teaching acting.
The resulting career-ending spinal injury has a story of its own, how she researched medical and alternative paths that form the heart of what she shares with the world today. "What stands out in this book is the indomitable spirit the author has, despite the extraordinary price she paid for her stellar career--including misogyny, a miscarriage, and a life-long back injury. And each juicy story she relays in her fascinating chronicle, brings home an important life lesson for the reader--one that she learned the hard way.
- Stunt Gal Lisa Dalton tattles about humorous and harrowing tales culled from over 200 films, television shows and commercials including
- Money Pit
- Crocodile Dundee
- Married to the Mob
- Legal Eagles
- The Last Dragon
- Saturday Night Live
- The Highlander
- World According To Garp
Working with or doubling such superstars as Meryl Streep, Cher, Madonna, Grace Jones, Robert Redford, Katherine Hepburn, Sean Connery, Tom Hanks, Chevy Chase, Robin Williams, Ed O'Neill, Michelle Pfeiffer and more.
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