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Badger on the
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Yo Team O

In late September, 2000 CE through Bill Dance Casting, I was booked as [a] "Depressed Man" on a music video for a Spanish-music artist named Chayanne, scheduled for a September 26th night shoot at the Downtown Los Angeles Second Street Tunnel.

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September 26/27, 2000:
With the then-recent MTA bus strike, thankfully the MetroLine Trains were running, so I was able to take the Van Nuys run on the Ventura Line down to Union Station. I was early enough to eat on mine own (just in case no food was provided), and arrived for my 7:45pm calltime at 6:30pm. As it was we did get a pretty good meal at 1:00am.

Chayanne
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As it was, there was quite a lot of press there for Chayanne. Well, about five or six interviewers and a few photographers. They were frequently pulling aside director Simon Bran and interviewing him at first, to the point I thought he was the musical artist.

Latin singer Chayanne on location for his music video 'Yo Team O' [click image to enlarge]

Eventually we were placed, and I saw Chayanne. The video storyline, of what I could make out and what was told to me, is that he and his girlfriend have had a fight. He gets in a traffic tie-up in the tunnel due to a car wreck ahead. In other cars couples argue and (I guess) he realizes what foolishness it was to have such a petty fight or such. He gets out of his vehicle and heads to the tunnel entrance to see what is the matter. He finds it is his girlfriend's car that has been totalled. Talk about "Oops"

Chayanne not at all minding press and publicity...  This shot is NOT reflective of the video shoot, btw...
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Now they chose to shoot two different endings of the video. In one he goes up and sees the wrecked car, the gas tank of which ignites (I do not know if they'll add flames in post: here they just used a flash pot with a white mushroom cloud). He watches the ambulance leave, but finds his girlfriend alive in the nearby police car: they hug happily ever after.

The alternate ending has them hug, and a crane shot goes up, and we hear "Cut!" at which point the crane shot widens to reveal It's All Been Just A Movie or such. Cute.

Before he gets out of the car, a steadicam scoots up around the parked cars to his vehicle. Kind of an odd choice: is it the girlfriend briefly going out of body? At any rate, it is possible during this shot I could be seen getting out of the car I was given to use? At least for that shot director Simon came over to me and asked me to get out of the car when "action!" was called.

Possible Badger Sighting Location: visualize a car surrounded by other cars. Facing forward, at the immediate left being the nine o'clock position, my car was ahead of that car so I'd be at Chayanne's car's ten o'clock position.
After he gets out and passes my car, I step out to be behind him so I could still be visible.

Now some time passed (like the 1:00am "lunch") and they went to the front of the tunnel for him to find the car. I was placed at the front of the crowd, which (until they started shooting) I didn't realize meant that apparently my character teleports to being directly in front of Chayanne!

Between nearly every take at the car, the moment there was a Cut, the photographers snapped shots of Chayanne, particularly at his car. I took the opportunity (using the photo journalists "as cover") with which to take some quicks shots of Chayanne myself.

We wrapped just at 6:00am; I hiked back up to Union Station and made the first train of the morning back up to Van Nuys.

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