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The House of Pendragon: Debra Kemp Interview Shoot

Debra goes over her notes, preparing for the interview.

Debra goes over her notes, preparing for the interview.

Lin, The daughter of King Arthur is the principal character of Debra Kemp’s series “The House of Pendragon”. The first book “The Firebrand” was released in 2003. The second book, “The Recruit” was recently published and Debra is out promoting it’s release. She is currently working on the third book of the series.

As part of the promotion of the book series Debra commissioned Kate Chaplin to shoot an interview explaining the concept behind the series and introduce the author to the world .

Director Kate Chaplin, Makeup Artist Stacey Mayo, and Grip Tom Johnson

Director Kate Chaplin, Makeup Artist Stacey Mayo, and Grip Tom Johnson

We had the great pleasure of shooting at the home of Dr. Chris Jones. His personal library could be a blog post in itself. Filled with Movie props, Medieval weapons, Tiny rocket ships, shrunken heads… and a great selection of books too! It was the perfect backdrop for an author interview…and with the castle feel of the place King Arthur would have felt right at home.

Debra Kemp and Camera Op Brian Pearce

Debra Kemp and Camera Op Brian Pearce

Kate Chaplin pulled together a small but capable crew, for what turned out to be a very straight forward shoot. Kate directed and prompted Debra with questions. Tom Johnson acted as grip. Brian Pearce was running the camera. Stacey Mayo did Debra’s hair and makeup. And I (chuck budreau) captured the audio.

It was great to hear Debra’s story of how the Arthurian bug had taken a hold of her life and thoughts. She’s been in love with the classic tale since the first time she saw the film “Camelot”. Though she confesses that it is not her favorite rendition of the Arthurian Romances… that would be “Monty Python and the Quest for the Holy Grail”.

She traced down every version of the stories going back to Sir Thomas Malory’s “Le Morte d’Arthur” from the 15th century. She decided to take a different approach, based on the view of a young princess raised as a slave.  She really has a passion for this story and enjoys sharing it with others. Her own story is also fascinating as she describes living in England  and how that brought the story to life.

The Recruit

The Recruit

The books are available through Telltalepress.com and Amazon.com


Posted by admin on November 2nd, 2008 :: Filed under Film Shoots
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6 Responses to “The House of Pendragon: Debra Kemp Interview Shoot”

  1. Kate Chaplin
    November 3rd, 2008

    Dude! Great blog entry! Thanks for the props man!!

    Much Love,
    Kate Chaplin

  2. Debra Kemp
    November 3rd, 2008

    Awesome! You guys were fantastic! Thanks for blogging this, Chuck.


  3. Mike Hellums
    November 3rd, 2008

    Looks great!!! This is a wonderful setting for the video. I can’t wait to see it. Thanks for the peak.

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