Lucy: What was it like working with the cast and crew of Supernatural?
Travis: I live in an independent world and I’ve worked in an independent world for 15 years and the hardest thing is that just as you start to get going the project is wrapped. Just as everybody starts to learn their job the project is wrapped, that’s the hard part about independent filmmaking. This production is beyond a well oiled machine. To step onto a set where everybody knows each other, not just each other work-wise but also personally. They know each others families, their kids, they know how each other prepares; they know that Jensen will only need two takes for that scene or that he’ll get that [scene] done in one. These boys they come in and boom it’s done. Even with the fight scenes, Jensen could practically choreograph them himself! He comes in and we have the wonderful stunt coordinator “Big Lou” who choreographs the fight. But he says ‘just let Jensen do this because he knows what he’s doing.’ So Jensen comes in and he’s like boom boom boom and you’re like holy shit…
Lucy: Like the alleyway fight scene where Dean throws Cole through the window.
Travis: All of the fight scenes. Jensen, after 10 years doing this, is just so good at this stage fighting. You can be a professional boxer but that doesn’t mean you know how to camera fight. I think I’m four years older than Jensen but I felt like he was a senior in high school and I was a freshmen. Like he could have said ‘Okay kid I’m gonna show you how it works around here!’ He didn’t say that, he’s super sweet, but it’s like walking on campus for the first time as a freshman. He could put his arm around you and tell you how it is. I really looked up to him and I could not have been taught by anybody better. It was probably the best three fight scenes of my life where it came off great, looked good, acting was done well and nobody got injured.
Lucy: I thought the scene in the alleyway was fantastic; the violence of the fight leading into the emotional discussion afterwards.
Travis: *laughs* I hope you get to see the outtakes for season ten and I believe they’ll use this; the scene where I throw the holy water at Dean in 10.07 Girls, Girls, Girls, they originally gave me an entire jug of water and I was like ‘would Cole really be carrying around this jug of water? Don’t I need like a flask?’ But that was all they had. It was this huge container of water and they drilled a small hole in the top of it, so on the first take when I first tried to do the splash barely any water came out. So they drilled this huge hole and on top of that they didn’t fasten the top very well. So in the next take, we’re doing it, and I throw the water and the entire thing of water came out and up in Jensen’s face and up his nose. He was saturated. In my entire 15 year career I have never laughed so hard. And I felt so bad for laughing because it was genuinely not the funnest to get a jug of water up his nostrils, but he handled it well and even managed to stay in character. And managed to say his line afterwards. If they were to use that in the actual take it would have been like a comedy! I hope people get to see it. A day later I walked up to him and said, ‘Dude you’re the star of the show and I did not make that happen, I hope you know that, I would never do that.’ He was kind about it but in the back of my mind after that, any scenes with Jensen I was thinking, ‘He is going to get me back.’
My contribution to Gallery 1988’s 10th Anniversary show! I’m incredibly honoured to be included in celebrating their landmark, and I’m humbled by the list of artists in the show.
The theme of this show could be anything we wanted, with a subtle inclusion of pop culture. With SUCH an open theme, it was incredibly difficult to get started. I decided on tackling my favourite filmmaker of all time, Stanley Kubrick.. because.. Stanley Kubrick.