Lily Absinthe Travels To Mescal…

Las Saturday, I had the opportunity to visit  Old Tucson Studio’s movie ranch at Mescal (aka Mescal) to do a photo shoot and otherwise participate in a gathering bringing together of those who either worked on the movie Tombstone or are “Tombstone enthusiasts.” Organized by my good friend Laurie Jagielo, this event honors both the movie and those who worked on making this iconic film. Located close to Benson, Arizona, Mescal is an 80 acre open movie ranch with a western town, various ranch buildings, and a lot of open space with no modern structures in the background. Over the years, Mescal has had a lot of westerns filmed here to include Tombstone and The Quick and the Dead. 🙂

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So without further ado, here are some pictures. First, there was the pre-event party (and birthday party for one of the participants) at Big Nose Kate’s in Tombstone:

First there was the dressing of the organizer herself, Ruby Whirlwind (aka my good friend Laurie Jagielo…here she is pausing for one quick moment before dashing off to her appointment:

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And of course, myself. I decided to go “saloon girl” for the night. The proper historical look is a lot more covered up than what people expect: 🙂

First, the underpinnings…

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And now the dress…

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Getting ready for the evening’s festivities…

After dressing others, this is about as good as it was going to get for me. Yes, I actually stepped away form the sewing machines!

And for the festivities themselves, here we are! Can you see a common theme in the style colorway? 🙂

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And even Doc Holliday (aka our good friend Stephen Keith) can cut up a bit…

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And on to Mescal…

Mescal was beautiful and the weather was extremely cooperative. I haven’t been to Mescal in years but things for the most part hadn’t changed…well except that Herod’s house was completely destroyed (I wonder HOW that happened? 😉 ).

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Here Doc Holliday takes in “his” town… 😉

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And here I am, fresh off the stagecoach from Benson…here’s a better view of the saloon exterior:

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And now for a few of me… 🙂

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Peter Sherayko and I…remember Texas Jack Vermillion from Tombstone? Part of the event was a special birthday celebration for him, hosted by Laurie as well.

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And one of me in the saloon…(Photograph by Guy Atchley)

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Group Portrait (Photo by Guy Atchley)

And the group shot, I’m up towards the top in the right, next to Doc Holliday. The dress should be a giveaway. 🙂

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And here’s me at the end of the day, back at No. 11…tired, but happy.

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And to top off the day’s fun, a Jack Russell hug. ❤ Three days of very little sleep, my corset is the only thing keeping me vertical! Mescal is a fascinating place with a lot of movie history and I look forward to going back in the future. And that concludes my very busy week in Tombstone. See you down the trail! 🙂

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More On No. 11 On Film…

It’s been a crazy-busy week here at No. 11 in Tombstone so the blog posts have gotten a tad behind…but here’s some more about the TV production that was partially shot at No. 11. It’s for a production by Fox Latino called Run Coyote, Run which is due to air in 2017. According to one website, the series is about “two unlikely friends join forces to create a business in getting people through the US border” and No. 11 in Tombstone would be filling for Naco.

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Getting Set Up

While we’ve worked on our share of film and television projects, this one is the first time we’ve been involved as a filming location. Horror stories abound of location shoots that have gone bad but what we experienced was quite the opposite and it was overall a pleasant experience. The entire crew was very professional and easy to work with and it event turned out that some of the crew members and ourselves had mutual friends- small world. Interestingly enough, the crew had a mix of Mexicans and Americans but everything seemed to work just fine.

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Rigging The Lighting- The door to the right was replaced with a “stunt door.” 

Most of the filming involved exterior shots of the house, mostly at night, and while this presented no problem, we did have to work around a succession of rainstorms passing through Tombstone (great timing, that). The one major element was that one of the characters would be breaking the windows in a door in a drunken rage so the production crew replaced one of the front doors with a new one purchased at Lowe’s (everything was set right at the end to include clean-up). As things turned out, because of the delays caused by the rainstorms, they had to film part of a second evening so everything actually took two days from start to finish.

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The “Stunt Door” from the outside.

While this experience was somewhat outside of our normal realm of fashion and history, it was still an interesting experience and we met some amazing people who we hope we can work work with in the future.

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Another view of the bedroom and the “stunt door”…

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Molly was not happy having her space invaded…

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Equipment Everywhere…

On To Mescal…

Well, the filming is over and it’s time to move on to the next thing- Saturday, we’ll be taking a trip out to Old Tucson Studio’s movie ranch at Mescal to do a photo shoot with some of our dresses. We’re still working out the details somewhat but needless to say, we’re completely excited about this, given that some of our most favorite movies have been filmed there to include Tombstone and The Quick and the Dead. 🙂

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Breakfast and planning out the day. Molly is hoping for a few crumbs…

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The Atelier…

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Preparation time…

Accessories lined up for Saturday’s shoot…the devil’s in the details… 😉

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And just to show that it’s not all glamour and glitz- lightening up some old lace with chemicals more caustic than arsenic…behold our glamorous life. ❤

No. 11 On Film…

It’s as bright as day here at the Atelier as an LA-sized film crew film for a TV production. Actors are running their lines on the sofa, crew is visiting on the porch wrapped in blankets because it’s actually cold, if you can believe it. No. 11 is now famous! 🙂 More details to follow as to the specifics of the production… 😉

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It’s REALLY lit up outside…

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The fake door installed for the shoot…