DBA in Space: Behind the Scenes—Question 12

This is a continuation of my DBA in Space journal.

As this scene starts on Lunar Exhibition set, Miss Friday is nowhere to be found, and alien Brad asks question twelve of the competition. As you can see, alien Brad really looks bad. His face is completely covered with boils, as if the skin were ready to slide off his interior Martian body. In fact, he has given up trying to pretend to be the real Brad, as he now assumes, as we learned from the last episode, that he knows that we know he is an alien. Because of this, he reveals personal information about himself on Mars. In fact, he reverts to his Martian ways, with a deep voice, anger in his face, and lizard-like eyes, when he says, “But if you don’t play along, you won’t make it to the launch.” He is telling the audience that if they don’t participate in the competition, that you can’t win. An obvious statement, but one that is very true. I imagine a lot of DBAs probably didn’t participate in the contest as they assumed that they could not win. But of course, one DBA will.

Brad McGehee in DBA in Space.

I think my alien eyes look kind of cool. Maybe I’ll dress up as an alien for next Halloween.

This was another scene where I had to remember a lot of lines, and get them right in a single take as the camera moved closer to me. Will, the director, told me that I was supposed to be angry and menacing in the scene. I am not sure I accomplished that, but the final outcome was creepy. This scene was one of the last ones filmed, and by this time, I was beginning to feel more comfortable in front of the camera. I don’t know if you can tell that or not, but I can from re-watching the scene.

In my next installment, I will talk about filming question thirteen.