Friday, August 7, 2010
Okay, wow, where to start. The beginning I guess. Chelsea texted me yesterday to see what time we were shooting today. Early this afternoon I sent out a text letting everyone know what scenes we were shooting. Charles was the first to respond, letting me know that he couldn’t shoot because he had sometime come up. Next up was Rachel whose car had broken down earlier and she passed out of dehydration trying to fix it. Okay, two actors, no problem. I figured I’d just shoot around them. Ales and Ben showed up early and we chilled for a bit. August showed up and we continued to chill. Still no Chelsea, still no Yelena. Chelsea then texted me and let me know that she had spent the day in Ritzville (about an hour away) and that she needed her brother to bring her back. At this point I called Yelena to see where she was (it was now 20 minutes past call time). When I called her, she sounded tired, and sure enough, I had woken her up. She asked for detention as well (were they stay late to reshoot), so I called up Chelsea and let her know that her scenes would have just her and Alex. She agreed and showed up around 10:00pm.
While we were waiting, Alex, Ben and I decided to shoot the “bathroom scene”. No, it’s not like it sounds. This is the scene where Luke is nervous and goes to splash water on his face. In the process, he is almost caught that he’s a spy by Shane. The makeup for his chip turned out really well! We went with a slight bump, bruise, and a scab. Chelsea then showed up and we started to shoot her scenes, without the other actors, other than Alex.
In preparation for this, I had drawn a floor plan of my apartment and blocked out where people were ahead of time. This allowed us at any time to know where the other actors would be when I shoot them during detention. Of course Alex did a good job, but I think Chelsea surprised everyone. I figured I could coach her through the scenes, but I didn’t know how well she’d do. It may have take us longer to get the scenes, but it was well worth it! Also, she and Alex played well off eachother, which is always a good thing.
After filming, we checked out the dailies by cabling the camera to my TV and we shared some good laughs at some of the bloopers from the night. After that, everyone took off and I started dumping footage (and backing up, of course). So yeah, what started out as a nightmare ultimately became a really good, and fun night of shooting. There was never a dull moment, and that’s always a good thing, especially on a movie set.