Category: Shorty’s 2019

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road

At Wynonna Earp con Shorty’s in Milan, I was able to ask Dominique Provost-Chalkley a few questions. She has two movies coming out soon, Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road, so we talked about them. Below, you will also find a video of the interview.

‘Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road’ At Shorty’s in Milan, I was able to ask Dominique Provost-Chalkley a few questions. She has two movies coming out soon, Season of Love and The Curse of Buckout Road, so we talked about them: http://bit.ly/DominiqueProvostChalkley

Shorty’s

Me: “Thanks so much for joining me. How is Shorty’s going?”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley: “It’s going well. I was like, Shorty’s? And then I realized that’s the name of the convention. [Laughs] It’s going really well, thank you.”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on Season of Love

Me: “I wanted to talk to you about Season of Love because I’m receiving the press screener next month.”

Dominique: “Oh my God!”

Me: “Are you excited?”

Dominique: “Yeah, really excited.”

Me: “I’m really excited to see it. So, what can I expect? Is it an ensemble movie like Love Actually where the characters’ lives intersect at one point?”

Dominique: “Yes.”

Me: “I love those movies!”

Dominique: “Yeah, it should be fun. It was really nice to be part of something that’s just like, happy ending in many ways. Like, I always used to love watching romantic movies. It was something that I really enjoyed because sometimes you want to escape from the horrors of the world and just have a bit of fun.

And then on top of that, being the first-ever queer Christmas movie is really special and really exciting.”

Me: “Without giving away any spoilers, what are you excited about most for fans to see?”

Dominique: “Excited/nervous about, obviously, my song; my music is in there. It’s a big step. It’s exciting.”

Me: “I bet!”

Read my review of Season of Love here or watch the video below!

The set of Season of Love

Me: “I can imagine, because you’re obviously, you know, used to such a close cast as Wynonna Earp. How was it for you to go into a new set with new colleagues?”

Dominique: “It was good. I had taken a bit of a break previous to that. So, I had just come back from Brazil for five months. So, it was like first, you know, getting back into things and finding my feet. But it was such a nice set to be on. All of the women were so kind and generous. It was a very easy set to come back to you and have a good time.

But, I mean, I wasn’t… As is with moviemaking, often you’re not actually there for that long in comparison to something like Wynonna. We’re there for five months, and we have such a strong bond by the end of it. It really feels like we’ve been a huge journey, whereas, with a film, I may have only been there for a couple of weeks, no more. And only in and out, so it’s different, of course, but it was a very, very nice set to be a part of.”

Dominique Provost-Chalkley on The Curse of Buckout Road

Me: “So, you’re in The Curse of Buckout Road too. You often meet with Earper fans, and we often say that we will support other projects of yours no matter what. I have noticed that quite a few of the cast members have decided to play in super scary movies. Has that been a joint decision to test our loyalty?”

Dominique: “Oh, really? Oh, you mean like…”

Me: “Ready or Not.”

Dominique: “Yeah, and also, Michael has a very scary movie coming out. No, absolutely not. And it’s weird that it’s timed like this. Like it was something that feels like an eternity ago. You know, I think it was either after season one or season two, I think it was even after season one that I filmed it.”

Me: “Wow.”

Dominique: “This feels like just such a, such a long time ago. But that’s, I guess, the way it happens sometimes. It comes back around to haunt you!” [Laughs]

Read about Shorty’s Saturday here and Shorty’s Sunday here. You can find all the posts on Shorty’s here and all my LGBT+ movie reviews here.

Shorty’s 2019 Sunday [Wynonna Earp Con]

Shorty’s 2019 Sunday

October 13, it was time for Shorty’s 2019 Sunday. The schedule of the day was the same as the day before, but there were some significant changes for me. You can read all about it below and watch some of my videos with supporting footage.

‘Shorty’s 2019 Sunday’ October 13, it was time for Shorty’s 2019 Sunday. The schedule of the day was the same as the day before, but there were some significant changes for me. You can read all about it here and watch some of my videos with supporting footage: http://bit.ly/Shortys19Sun

Same schedule on Shorty’s 2019 Sunday as on the day before

The program was the same as the one on Saturday, except that we did not have an opening ceremony in the morning but a closing ceremony in the evening. As a result, nobody really knew how to start the day. As I was having breakfast, Dom was sitting at the table next to me, so I knew the day was not going to start on the time that was mentioned in the schedule. I guess the party the night before took its toll on both guests and organizers 😉

When I arrived in the main hall, people were talking to each other, playing some basketball, and relaxing. Everybody was waiting until someone told them to go to the photo op room. When the first passes were called, I went upstairs to that room as well. The photo ops went the same as the day before. You could tell everybody was even more relaxed (and tired) than the day before, so there was this lovely vibe in the room.

Shorty’s 2019 Sunday started with an interview with Natalie Krill

Because Sunday was less busy in terms of extras, I was called for an interview with Natalie pretty early. I had kind of given my hopes up, so this interview opportunity took me by surprise. It took me some time to gather my stuff, and Natalie reassured me that if it were not working out, she would be available at another time. I did not know what I expected her to be like, but man, that was amazing. I immediately felt relaxed enough for the interview, and I think it turned out well. You can be the judge of that very soon! I asked her about Wynonna Earp and Below Her Mouth, in case you’re interested.

An interview with Tamara Duarte

Quickly after that, Tamara also had some time for an interview with me. I had briefly spoken with her at the ClexaCon 2018 red carpet, so I already knew what her energy was like. That actually helps me much when preparing interviews in my head, so I was more ready for this one. We talked about Rosita (because I REALLY want Rosita back), she answered a fan question, and I asked her about current projects.

My first photo op ever happened on Shorty’s 2019 Sunday

I have never had a photo op before. I usually run around trying to cover everything, so I never want to block out time where I can’t respond to things that happen on the go. But most of all, I already feel so fortunate that I get to spend time with the people I interview that I do not know what to do during a photo op. Nevertheless, I always get asked why I never do, so I decided that Shorty’s might be the place and time for me to lose my photo op virginity. I asked the organization if I could join the group photo moment, and they told me it was ok.

So, I was waiting for the line to come to an end. However, at that very moment, I found out that I was probably going to interview Dom right after this group photo op. What?! I had to cut the line (thank you to the person who was totally fine with that!) and take the photo. I told them I had never had a photo op before, and Melanie said: “Well, welcome!” For some reason, I did not mess up, and the photo actually looked nice! Now I get why people want to do the photo op: it’s super fun!

An interview with Dominique Provost-Chalkley

No time to process, however! I had to hurry outside to rehearse my questions for Dom in my head. I heard I had three minutes only because it was time for lunch. I don’t know what happened, but the moment she walked over I felt relaxed. She seems so together and warm, and it helped me to get the interview started. I will receive the press screener for Season of Love soon, so I wanted to ask her a few questions about that. After I was told it was ok to ask one more question, I managed to sneak in a little Buckout Road question too.

Autographs and selfies

As on Saturday, there were three panels after the lunch break. After that, it was time for the autographs and selfies again. As I just had my first ever photo op, I also had my very first photo pick-up moment. I was hoping for it to look decent, and I was so happy when I saw the result. Not bad!

The only complaint I heard during Shorty’s was that the photo quality was terrible. I had also seen some proof of that complaint: blurry images and unfortunate compositions. Mine seemed fine, so you definitely had to be lucky. That is the only thing I can think of that Shorty’s can improve next year because everything else was just so nice (in my experience at least.)

When the lines started to come to an end, I was able to score Tamara’s autograph and a selfie, and then a selfie with Melanie. I admit it once again, my selfie game sucks.

Shorty’s end

When Dom signed her final photo, everybody went to the closing ceremony. It was brief but sweet. I had some dinner afterward and started to wander a bit to see if I recognized some friendly faces. I hung out a little bit, but my body was slowly beginning to protest louder and louder. So, it was time for me to go back to my room.

The next day, I made sure I had a group to fill the shuttle bus to the train station, so we could all leave earlier than the shuttle bus was scheduled. It might be possible my fellow Earpers regretted that decision later. I told them what train to take, as I had taken that exact same train on Friday. However, after ten minutes, it became clear that yes, it was the right train but no, it was not the right direction. Oh my God. I apologize once again! I am usually pretty good at directions, but the moment a group depends on me, I mess up apparently…

That left me with little time in Milan, so I went to the airport to buy a gift for my son and to drink my first coffee in days. And what a nice Italian one it was!

More Shorty’s footage

I have already uploaded quite some footage from Shorty’s, but I have much more. I will upload three interviews, and I still have hours of BTS to sort out. If you want to know what I upload the moment I upload it, I suggest you subscribe to my YouTube channel. Or, you can follow my Shorty’s category.

Shorty’s 2019 Saturday [Wynonna Eap con]

Shorty’s 2019 Saturday

October 11-13, I went to Milan to visit my very first Wynonna Earp con. I usually attend LGBT+ and multi-fandom cons, but I wanted to know why a con focusing solely on Wynonna Earp is so unique and how gay-friendly such a con is. In this blog post, you will read how I experienced Shorty’s 2019 Saturday. I support my text with footage from the con. You will find panel videos, the opening ceremony, and my first vlog, which shows all the moments I describe below.

‘Shorty’s 2019 Saturday’ October 11-13, I went to Milan to visit my very first Wynonna Earp con. I usually attend LGBT+ and multi-fandom cons, but I wanted to know why a con focusing solely on Wynonna Earp is so unique and how gay-friendly such a con is. In this blog post, you will read how I experienced the con: http://bit.ly/Shortys19Sat

To Milan for Shorty’s

On Friday, I flew to Milan, where I arrived late in the afternoon. I knew I did not have much time to visit this beautiful city, so I decided to go to the most touristy area. The duomo looked stunning. I walked around the adjacent galleries and enjoyed some cannelloni before heading to the official con hotel. The Klima Hotel Milano Fiero has a shuttlebus and picked me up from the nearest train station, which was a big help! I saw some familiar Earper faces when I arrived, which assured me I had arrived at the proper hotel.

The start of Shorty’s

At around 8 am, I was ready to pick up my press pass. There was a long line, and they told me press was handled after that. I went back to my room because they told me I did not have to wait around. When I returned, the line was much shorter, and they simply wrote ‘press’ on my card, and that was it. Time for me to go into the con hall! I found a perfect spot on the floor, where I could stay low with my camera and still record what was happening on stage.

I noticed the con was very small, and not every seat was taken. Great, there was an intimate vibe already! I later learned there would be around 117 people. The opening ceremony started a little later than planned, and we could already tell Night Sky Events Italia’s organization was rather relaxed. We welcomed Melanie, Dom, Tamara, and Natalie with applause, and they told us that small groups were going to take turns going upstairs for the photo ops.

Shorty’s 2019 Saturday starts with photos

I have never been allowed into the photo op area, so I was surprised that I could finally learn what it was all about. I tried blending in with the walls at first, but later I just walked around to get the best footage. Everybody was super friendly and easygoing.  The photo ops started a bit slow, but then things started running. First the solos, then the duos, then the trios, and the group pic was last. It took about three hours to have everybody take their pics, but there was no rush at all. There was music, so people were dancing while waiting for their turn.

Shorty’s 2019 Saturday continues with panels

After a lunch break, three panels were scheduled with the guests who did not have a meet and greet at that time. First, there was a panel with Melanie and Dom, which you can watch below.

Then, there was a panel with Melanie and Tamara, which you can also watch.

It ended with a panel with Dom and Natalie, which you can find here.

It never ceases to amaze me that no matter how many panels they have done, you can always discover something new and laugh about some hilarious story. And you know that when Melanie starts asking her colleagues questions, they will be good.

Shorty’s 2019 Saturday ends with autographs and selfies

After the panels, it was time to go back to the photo op room, which had now turned into the selfies and autographs room. Four long lines were formed, and people had the chance to get the guests’ autograph and take a selfie with them. I told you the morning was very relaxed, but by this time, at the end of the afternoon, everybody was getting tired as well. This led to an even more laid-back vibe. You could tell people were getting a little less nervous about meeting the cast (there are always exceptions 😉) and starting to make friends.

A party was planned later that night, but I did not buy tickets for it. Instead, I went for dinner, uploaded one video, and edited another. If the explosion on my phone tells me anything, it is that you greatly appreciated my late-night activities.

Night Sky Events Italia did a great job

I liked how Night Sky Events Italia organized everything in blocks. That allowed the entire con to be revolved around the same activity, which in turn allowed for shared experiences. At some other cons, I see people running between panels, meet and greets, photo ops, and autographs just to be on time everywhere. The advantage of such a small con is that you can reduce everybody’s stress by keeping things simple. A warm thank you to the volunteers, interpreter, and the people in charge!

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