Cape native working as 'Killshot' accountant

Saturday, January 14, 2006

Despite staying with her parents, Kirsten Short has rarely seen them because of her hectic schedule.

While you can't go home again, you can work near there if you don't mind the long hours.

Kirsten Short, 28, of Charlotte, N.C., has learned that lesson while working as an assistant accountant for "Killshot." A Cape Girardeau native, Short has been staying with her parents while working in a makeshift office in a hotel room.

Despite sleeping under the same roof as her family, Short has rarely seen them since work for her began Jan. 5.

"You pretty much dedicate yourself to the piece while you're on it," Short said.

Short begins her day around 8 a.m., before her mother and father get out of bed. After putting in 14 hours of work some days, she gets home around 11 p.m., early enough at times to grab a beer with her dad or go out to a bar with her younger sister.

"We're glad we saw her in December because we haven't seen her in January," said Short's mother, Patricia Werne.

Short was able to spend about two weeks with her family in Cape Girardeau before her work began. Even that time was filled with reading scripts for her Charlotte-based company, the Film Foundry.

But she is no stranger to careers making spending time with family difficult. Short and her husband, who works as music composer for film and television, recently spent their fifth wedding anniversary apart as he was working on a project and she was in Cape Girardeau.

As both work in the industry, they understand the demands made by their careers, Short said, adding that the anniversary was celebrated before she left for Cape Girardeau.

When word of "Killshot" filming in Cape Girardeau first started appearing in the media, Werne clipped newspaper articles about it and send them to her daughter.

"I thought it would be kind of neat to work on something in my trade in my old hometown," Short said. Since she had been planning to come home for Christmas, Short decided to put in a request for a position on the project and got on board.

"It's cool that I know where to get a good beer after work," Short said of working in Cape Girardeau. "It's cool that I've got a comfy bed to sleep in and I'm not in a hotel room. That aspect is really nice."

Even with the long hours Short has put in since the production began, her parents understand and encourage her.

"We're thrilled for her because she's really enjoyed what's she's been doing," Werne said.

"It makes it quieter," joked Short's father, Joseph Werne, on his daughter rarely being in the house while she's in town.

Short was enthusiastic about working on a future film project in Cape Girardeau.

"It's been a great experience," she said. "Just being able to know the resources to pull from and where exactly the location is. It's nice to be more familiar with things as opposed to getting your map the night before and having to figure out where you're going the next morning at 6 a.m."

Once filming finishes in Cape Girardeau and the crew leaves, Short said, she will stick around for a few days to wrap up loose ends as her hectic schedule slows.

"One more meal with your parents, maybe," her mother suggested.

"I might be able to sneak one of those in," Short said with a sly smile, adding that a home-cooked meal and a good beer would be a nice way to spend her last day before leaving town.

When "Killshot" opens in theaters, Short's parents plan to watch it and have promised to sit through the credits to see their daughter's name, no matter how small it may be, on the silver screen.

"Killshot" was scheduled to film a scene today with actors Mickey Rourke and Joseph Gordon-Levitt in Brenda's Place, 602 Morgan Oak St., according to Andrea Sporcic, assistant director of the Missouri Film Office.

On Friday, filming was done on road scenes, which would also continue today, she said.

kmorrison@semissourian.com

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