AcChat – Kt Baldassaro of Killing Brooke

Hello everyone and welcome to another AcChat, we are pleased to be joined by Kt Baldassaro who plays Darla Spade in Killing Brooke. Please enjoy!

MG: Hi There, Thanks for taking the Time to fill out this Q and A.
KT: My name is Kt Baldassaro, and I play ‘Darla Spade’ in the film “Killing Brooke.” She’s one of the three members of the ‘Spade’ family that main character Brooke Porter meets after fleeing from the scene of her wife’s murder on the night of their wedding.

MG: So how did it come to be that you would appear in Killing Brooke?
KT: I’ve been working with director Dave Zagorski, and MAD Z productions, since 2008, when I played ‘Keira’ in an internet series called “Without You.” So when Dave wrote the character of Darla, he came to me directly and asked if I was interested. I love to play villains, especially ones like Darla – a little wild and crazy, whilst still being strong and smart. Basically I had a production company I loved working with, a director/writer I trusted, a fun and different character, – Oh and I also knew I’d be working with Johnny Donaldson and Colin Allen as co-stars on this production, which would mark our third of six times working together – how could I pass up the role?

MG: Can you tell us how long you were on set as characters?
KT: The way Dave scheduled the filming of “Killing Brooke” was something I really appreciated about the entire process. We had something that we all wound up referring to as “Hell Week.” It was (predictably) one week in late August, in which all the actors showed up on set and we filmed the entire thing in chronological order to the script. It helped not only to allow the logistical aspects of the film to flow unhindered—we didn’t have to worry about getting blood on costumes and then needing to shoot a scene before that blood would have flowed, and we didn’t have to un-break walls that got thrashed during the dinning room scene! —it also allowed the actors to stay in their characters, in the moment. For example, the only scene shown out of order, where I’m dragging Brooke by her hair back into the house, was still shot after the scene where she slices my hand open. This allows me still to be connected with the source and reason for my anger and remember to be aware of the pain in my hand as I grasp her.

Also, since we were all on set for a week together, we really bonded as a cast. Dina Baker, the woman who played ‘Chloe’, made lunch for the entire cast and crew every day. It was very much like going to a twisted arts camp for a week.

MG: Is there one part of the character that reminds you of yourself?
KT: That can be a loaded question with a character like ‘Darla.’ She’s not exactly the kind of person you’d want to remind a person of. However, I definitely relate to her strength as a player in the titular game. It’s always refreshing to get to play a female character in a horror movie who isn’t passive. Darla is engaged and because of that it’s hard for the audience not to find her engaging.

MG: Can you tell us about your schedule during the production and what moment really stood out for you?
KT: As I mentioned previously, our schedule was over the course of one week. This allowed us all to take a concentrated week away from our lives and just bang out this film. We’d pretty much all have the same call time each morning, 9am, unless you shot particularly late the evening before and you weren’t in the 9am scene, and Dave felt really bad for you, then maybe you’d have an 11am call time. Then we’d shoot until late in the evening, stopping for lunch and dinner. It was a very committed process.

One of the moments that stuck out with me—although there are so many (check out the cast commentary on the soon-to-be-DVD release at Rock n’ Shock in October)–was the day we were shooting the scene where Dagget chases Vance into the house and Vance goes to throw a knife at Dagget. In the beginning of the scene, we’d had Vance using a proper knife and when it came time to do the throw, Dave called out to me in the kitchen and said, “We’ll just have Kt throw the live knife past him and cheat it to look like Vance threw it.” After much protest, and swearing we didn’t have the insurance to poke holes in the cast, we made a prop knife. On the first take, Colin (‘Vance’) threw the prop knife and it spun perfectly at Ray Hryb (‘Dagget’) and hit him tip-first in the chest.

MG: What was it like to Work with the Cast and Crew on Set?
KT: I’m going to have to stick with my aforementioned comparison to a summer camp. It was a great experience. There’s a reason we all got back together in 2011 and filmed “The Devil’s Nightmare” together. It’s a cast and crew that melds well.

MG: After your experiences on Killing Brooke, what is next for you?
KT:  Right now I’m working on a script for a short film that I personally wrote. I’ll be working with the cinematographer of “Killing Brooke,” Jared Skolnick – whom I also worked with on “The Earth Rejects Him”— and Bob Savage of Dead Henchmen Productions. It’s about a woman who is kidnapped by a serial killer and left in his basement, only to have him die before he returns to kill her. Left alone, and driven by her unshaken belief in her own self-worth, we witness the extraordinary lengths to which she will go to get out.

MG: Thank you for taking the Time out to do this Q & A, I really do appreciate it 😀
KT: No worries. Thanks for asking me to be on your website!
The film will be premiering in Eastern, MA this Sunday, Sept. 9th at the Dedham Theatre- 580 High Street, Dedham, MA. Show starts at 9pm and will feature a Q & A with director, Dave Zagorski at the end. Tickets are $8
It’s also an official selection in this year’s Killer Film Fest – November 1st – 3rd in Somerville, MA. http://www.killerfilmfest.com/

Just to give you a taster of Killing Brooke, he is the official trailer..

Thanks to KT for Joining us on another AcChat blog, join us again soon…

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