Monday, August 16, 2010
Finally, our last day of shooting at my apartment! Tomorrow, once I’ve cut the footage together and made sure it all looks good, I’m putting my place back to normal. That means cleaning and putting all my stuff back up. =)
Anyway, on to the good stuff. We had a very good night of filming. I had my main Leap crew and two extras arrive at 8:30pm. First on our list was the scene where a Sweeper Team storms the crew’s apartment. We dressed up the two extras to look like SWAT and Alex (Shane) played a third as well. I felt bad for my main crew having to wait for us to shoot the Sweeper stuff, but I didn’t know how long it would take and I wanted to be able to continue shooting nonstop tonight. Oh, and we had a crowd watching. I had gone outside to see if any neighbors were around so I could warn them not to freak out when SWAT with guns were running through the complex and kicking in my door. There were a few people outside and the wanted to watch and take some camera phone video. I told them I had no problem with that as long as they stayed out of my shots. Some of them even called their friends to tell them that an action movie was being shot in our complex. Filming went off perfectly and no cops were called. As Courtney says in the film, “It’s always a good day when you stay out of jail”. Oh, and one of my SWAT looks just like Stalone! I made sure to frame him with very Stalone-esque angles. For the shot where the door is kicked in, we filmed it from the outside with the door just barely closed. Where the door hits the wall, I had placed my couch cushion to keep the wall safe.
After we dismissed the SWAT guys, Alex changed into his Shane costume and we filmed the Leap crew evacuating the apartment. Next on the list was some reshoots of Crystal’s conversion scene. After Chelsea (Crystal) left, we shot our last apartment scene before ending the night with Rachel (Theresa)’s detention.
Some other notes: Besides the term, “detention”, another thing I’ve said alot on this picture is “It’s not that kind of movie”. I must have said it a bunch because I actually had actors beating me to it last night. Awesome! Also, I given up on trying to keep track of scenes and setups. We’re moving so fast that I can’t even keep track anymore, plus a lot of the time we’re shooting half scenes. How on earth do you record something like that in the daily logs? So now I’m down to just keeping track of when we start/end, who’s working, where, and how much footage. If I have an assistant on the next flick, they can do the paperwork.