The final installment of Bordello Diaries, the hilarious look behind-the-scenes at a catty urban whorehouse!
If you want to understand all the jokes, you'll need to start here with Part 1: vimeo.com/28549961
- You don't pay a prostitute for sex - you pay her to leave!
- The laughs are free - the sex isn't...
- Uncut, unhinged and unrated...
- The dirtiest comedy of the year.
- For people who long for that sinful and seemingly lost cinema-going-experience: the midnight-sex-comedy.
The entire film was shot in a period of less than 5 days (4 days and 16 hours, to be exact)! Production commenced on a Wednesday morning and wrapped that Sunday night (and required no reshoots, ADR, looping, etc...). Most of the lead actors completed their parts in only 3 or 4 days - and almost all of the other actors (including 'Phil', the brothel owner) filmed their entire parts in 3 hours or less.
The production was shot during the famous extra-tropical winter cyclone that hit Vancouver the week before Christmas of 2006, destroying much property and toppling thousands of trees in the area - wrapping mere hours before the worst of the (near biblical) deluge. In one scene you can see the wind outside blowing around the local vegetation. Despite the poor weather, all of the production's exterior scenes occurred, rather fortuitously, during breaks in the storm.
The movie's crew play themselves throughout the film - from director Robert D. Brooks playing the interviewer/director to Crazy Mike, the film's production assistant playing the Mime. Two of the film's associate producers (Shawn Cooke and Ryan Horley) play cops. Key PA Jesse Lalime plays the Prison Guard.
In yet another sign of the changing times the digital revolution has brought upon us, Robert D. Brooks completed all the film's post-production himself - from the colour correction all the way through to the audio mix - in his spare time and on his home PC (using software costing less than a thousand dollars) - and in HDTV and 5.1 stereo, no less! The entire production was digital (HDTV 720p) and never touched tape or film (the master footage was all contained on two 320 gig portable hard drives). In order to edit the film, he needed to install more than 1 terabyte of hard-drives into his computer and purchase another terabyte of external drives to hold everything.
The actress who plays Roxy in the film is, in actuality, an exotic dancer. World-famous porn-star Nina Hartley (Boogie Nights) was originally intended for the role, but was unable to come to Canada to shoot her scenes at the scheduled time.
The 'Chair' was by far the most expensive prop in the film, costing about seven hundred dollars and found after an exhaustive search of furniture stores and antiques shops. The crew hated having to destroy such a beautiful piece of furniture in order to insert the dildoes. The director wanted a chair that more closely resembled an electric chair, but was able to find one for sale or rent (and he refused to pay the several thousands of dollars that the prop fabricators wanted to create one: 'I did the research, almost every actual, real, working electric-chair in the United States was built for like $50 using scrap wood found around the prison, usually by the janitor or caretaker, and usually in a day or less - so there was no way in hell I was going to pay someone 10% of the budget of our entire film, just to build one for us - heck, we didn't even need it to be electric!'). As it was, the chair still cost well over 1% of the entire film's budget!