By Magen McCrarey
LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. —
When a movie director called The Shop Hair Salon of London on April Fool’s Day, Cosmetologists Heather Polson and Tosha Brock didn’t take him seriously — until they showed up on the set of the independent film “Lane and Russell” that night at 11 p.m. to do hair and make-up for up to 50 actors/actresses.
The film, directed and produced by Jason Stogsdill of Somerset, is described as a dark comedy that emulates the humor of “Napoleon Dynamite,” has the heart of “Forrest Gump,” and the hilarious absurdity of “Dumb and Dumber.” Actors arrived from more than five different states, including California, New York and Georgia. The movie, approximately 30 minutes long, was filmed at Forest Bowling Lanes in Corbin and has been several years in the making.
While much of the film crew was booked months, even years in advance, a last minute hurtle could’ve put the film on hold. The original hair and make-up artist cancelled at the 11th hour.
“For a professional cast and crew, it would have been a very big problem not to have hair and make-up,” Stogsdill said. “At the last minute, I decided to reach out to local salons, and I found The Shop on Google. I made a phone call.”
Immediately, the Polson and Brock closed the shop on East Fourth Street and drove to State Beauty Supply to purchase nearly $300 in hair and make-up products in preparation. Polson has been a cosmetologist for nine years, while Tosha Brock has been doing hair and make-up for only one.
“We’re just two London girls. We didn’t know movie make-up. It’s totally different from doing an everyday look, or a prom look,” Polson said.
She and Brock spent three days on the set of the film, working nights from 11 p.m. to 9 a.m. Their goal was to make the actors and actresses look as natural as possible.
“It’s hard to make someone look natural and have so much make-up on at the same time,” Polson said. “It was an experience for sure. It was awesome.”
At any given time, the girls were doing hair and make-up for seven to eight actors/actresses a night. Cosmetologists had to do quick touch-ups between scenes.
“We kept them really busy,” Stogsdill said. “They (Heather and Tosha) were real troopers and very great to work with. It wasn’t easy with a lot of people running on little sleep. Days were geared to be 12-hour shoots.”
On Friday, April 5 at 9 a.m., the film wrapped and the two returned home with a new business outlook.
“We both were going in there not knowing what to expect, but we definitely would do another movie again,” Polson said.
Stogsdill said the film will to be submitted to various film festivals, including the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah.
For more information about the film, visit www.laneandrussell.com.