#113 Heather Donahue

11 01 2011

Heather Donahue was in one shot of a 1997 video, otherwise her first cinema appearance, the one she will be remembered for, is The Blair Witch Project. She was extremely effective on a difficult shoot in which the cast members were acting, but also stranded and dependent on directions for locations and improvisation instructions packed in crates and located by GPS. Food for the cast was also rationed.  Donahue later said of the shooting, “They said, “Your safety is our issue. Your comfort is not.”  The movie was a breakaway hit, but the unorthodox approach and viral marketing publicity caused a backlash she says has harmed her career. She’s also been in Manticore and The Morgue.

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