Colby Boothman interview
American Treasures: Do you collect movie props?
In general I don’t often collect props unless it is from something I worked on. I have a few from things I like though, such as the Molo champagne flutes from Tron: Legacy.
Tron legacy is one of my favorite movies. I saw it in the theatre and couldn’t wait for it to come out on blu ray. I watched it 10 times in 10 nights after I bought it on blu ray.
AT:Do you have any props from Jurassic World?
I have one of the original wrist band props from the film. I really want to own one of the Dino eggs from the labs. They had them in an incubator at the Jurassic World premiere after party. I was pretty much salivating over them, not that I would eat a Dino egg or anything, but imagine the omelet you could make from that.
AT:How did you get the role as the raptor handler in Jurassic World? Did your agent find it?Did you have to audition for it? In general what is the process for getting a role in a movie?
Colby Boothman:I received a reading to tape from my Agents at Landrum Arts for Jurassic World a few months before filming. The scene I read had parallels the my role without using the actual script from the movie. Instead of raptors it was cows. It helped to know what film I was reading for though. About a month later I received a text from my agent letting me know I was just waiting on studio approval, and about a month and a half later I was on set.
Is this your stunt double’s outfit? http://www.icollector.com/item.aspx?i=24263377 …
Yep, that was one of my stunt double’s (Patrick Stenberg) outfits. He actually got a Screen Actors Guild Award Nomination for best stunt ensemble on Jurassic World. Was really happy to see that, Patrick’s a great guy and fantastic stuntman.
Reading your story is so awesome. When you are on location, are you working on set 24/7? Are there any days off? If you have time off what do you do? How many hours are spent each day on set? I watched the bonus footage on the Jurassic World DVD and mentioned it was filmed in New Orleans. What was it like being on set in New Orleans? Were you in a secluded area while filming? Are hotel rooms and food provided? How many days were you on set?
We were always well taken care of by the production, many thanks to catering and craft services for entertaining our stomachs during the long days. I swear by this fact, take note budding film makers, good food is imperative to keeping the cast and crew happy and productive. I’m the type that can run three days on Rice Krispy treats, but PA’s, grips, drivers, are the backbone of the industry, and work a lot harder than a lot of movie watchers would probably expect. Make sure they are happy and well fed, with plenty of red bull and coffee, they are some of the first ones in, and last ones out.
It was at least two weeks of filming at the NASA assembly facility. It was a bit of a drive from the hotel in downtown New Orleans. It’s an incredible city, and we were very luck to film there. I made a lot of great friends that I visit on the occasion. On set, we were quite removed from the city, and days were pretty long, generally 10-12 hours, but they go by very quickly, in no small part thanks to Jack Horner and Vanessa Weaver, the Dino experts for the film. If schools taught evolution, chemistry, and ecology with the same degree of education I received in our circle of conversations on set, this country would be leading the world in education by leaps and bounds. Every day was fascinating.
I did have a couple weeks off filming between day and night shoots. I took that time to fly home and spend with my family.
What was it like working director Colin trevorrow? What does he bring to a movie that can’t be replicated by other directors? When you were done working on the raptor scene, did you have access to visiting other scenes/sets like the Main Street of Jurassic world when the visitors center was shown? You worked with Chris Pratt and Vincent D’Onofrio. Can you talk about working with them? Before you got the role in Jurassic World, were you a fan of Jurassic Park? When did you see the final version of Jurassic World?
Colin is an incredible director, he is collaborative with actors, he cares about everyone and creates a fun environment that we all enjoy working in. There are times when scenes can be difficult, in the paddock scene I had to crawl around in mulch for hours. My hands were splintered and bloody, but you push through it because you want to give Colin and Jurassic fans your absolute best.
When you were done working on the raptor scene, did you have access to visiting other scenes/sets like the Main Street of Jurassic world when the visitors center was shown?
I was able to visit the Main Street set while they were filming. That experience was surreal, there must have been at least a thousand extras on set walking around. Me and my stunt double Patrick Stenberg were just walking around the huge set in awe. You could walk around and go into the shops and restaurants. They built a legitimate theme park for the film. Seeing that will be hard to top.
Main Street looked cool. There is footage of making on the Jurassic World DVD. Sounds like it was more impressive in person. You have mentioned Patrick Stenberg before. It is a shame that stunt doubles, special effects artists etc.. Don’t get enough credit. I went on your IMDb profile and saw that you worked on green lantern as a stunt double did you start out as a stunt double before you became an actor?
I did some light stunts on Green Lantern and a couple other projects. It wasn’t something I did too seriously, but it was my introduction to the industry. It’s something I have a great respect for, and would like to see more credit go to the stunt coordinators and stunt professionals that are one of the biggest contributing factors for such high grossing films. I also would like to see a stunt category in the Academy Awards.
When did you see the completed movie of Jurassic World? What can you tell me about the movie premiere for Jurassic World? I saw the picture of the Jurassic World Gate on the Internet and it looked very impressive. What do you do in your free time? Do you watch other movies that you are not in? If you watch other movies what genres and franchises are you interested in?
AT:When did you see the final version of Jurassic World?
The first time I saw Jurassic was at our red carpet world premiere at the Dolby theatre in Los Angeles. The premiere and after party was monumental. It was shocking to see how many people turned up just to watch the red carpet.
What can you tell us about working on the Star Wars game? What was the game called?
Colby Boothman:The Star Wars game I worked on is Star Wars Battlefront and I did the motion capture for Luke Skywalker.
Do you collect autographs? Have you asked for one from another actor that you worked with on set? Have you appeared at a comic con for a movie or to sign autographs?
I rarely collect signed things, if I do it is generally art or books, occasionally records.
Do you do autograph signings? Have you gone to a comic con to promote Jurassic World or do a signing? Did you have to do radio/tv show interviews for Jurassic World? Is this something you know upfront before you sign your contract?
I occasionally will do signings, I also enjoy spending time with friends at cons and will potentially travel to one at the end of the month.
American Treasures: Colby, Thanks for taking time out of your day for doing this interview. I hope we can talk again about your future projects.