|Transcribed from a phone interview turned podcast with scream queen PJ SOLES|
Brian allowed as many adlibs as John but Brian was definitely in control, you know. When we did go those three weekends to his house, I was just amazed that his entire dining room, all four walls were covered with the entire movie, in storyboard form, of CARRIE...
Every single shot had been drawn, and penciled, by Brian... And I was just amazed. It was a “comic book” of the entire movie. So it was very pre-planned, except for those little incidents.
|PJ Soles and Nancy Allen in CARRIE|
He gave us five minutes to do that scene. He said, “We’re gonna break for lunch, but if you can think of something to show that you guys are best friends, and she knows something you don’t, then go for it.”
And we shot that, and got it in one take. I never thought he was going to keep that in because it went so fast. It went “Whoosh” and yet, you know, he really didn’t need to do that but he let us do it and it was fine.
|Nancy Loomis and PJ Soles in HALLOWEEN|
And, like in the beginning, walking out of the schoolyard, there was no dialog there; it was just directions in the script when they were walking out of the school. But he wanted to put something. And when he got it, he would say, “That was great” or, you know…
He was very enthusiastic. But Brian would kind of grin and smile and move on.
|Director John Carpenter|
So he really enjoyed the collaboration we were giving to him. And we all felt like part of the team. At the end of the shot we all had to go out and pick up all the leaves because… there were no leaves… And they’re on the ground and we had two big garbage bags full. We all picked up the leaves.
|Director Brian De Palma|
But you never got a “That was great” from Brian. You just got a smile. And an, “Okay, let’s move on.”
|"No good costumes this year... the William Shatner masks have all sold out."|