Monday, August 9, 2010
Crazy day! It started when my dad called me early this morning to help him take a bunch of scrap wood to the dump. I was still in bed when he called, since I’ve been on the bat schedule for the past two weeks while we’ve been filming. 30 minutes later he picked me up. By the time we were done, it was around 3pm. At that point, I rode over to the dollar store and purchased one of those five hour energy shots (shoutout to whoever invented those), knowing that we had a long night of filming ahead of us.
Alex showed up at my place at 7pm. We shot the scene where he’s up late and doing his antichrist research. Then we drove a few minutes to a nearby park where we shot the scene where Shane picks up the news that Olia left for the crew. There’s a big abandoned structure out there that had a sign reading “TAMPERING WITH THIS BUILDING IS A FEDERAL OFFENSE”. We put it in the movie. I shot the first shot of the scene with Shane in silhouette. To help add epic-ness to the scene, I climbed up on top of the structure with our camera and got the last shot from up there. Instant crane!
By the time we got back to my apartment, we had about 40 minutes until the rest of the actors were supposed to show up. I dumped/backed up the footage and started converting it. Yelena was running a few minutes late due to work, so I was able to cut the park scene while we were waiting. Yes, with the actors in the room with me. Everyone was just chilling and talking anyway, so I figured, “Why not?”
We shot two new scenes and Alex was able to leave by 10:30pm. After that, James and the girls had their detention and we got basically caught up. Part of their detention required Theresa healing Crystal’s injury from the first movie. Since our Crystal (Chelsea) wasn’t here tonight, and everyone else wasn’t there on Friday, I knew I’d have to be clever. Fortunately I put Crystal in my trackpants and pk shoes. I put that costume on tonight, and shaved my right leg from the knee on down. Yes, I was Crystal’s leg. It’s going in the credits as such. It looks goofy with a normal left leg and a smooth right leg, but I only needed to see the right in the film. The stuff I do for my movies. We shot the reveal of the healing, then I used scar wax and makeup to create a scar and we shot the before shot of the healing.
I still need to shoot one more scene with Yelena, but that won’t be a big deal. So yeah, all in all, another good day, and I’m still running off that energy drink.
PS: I’ve come up with another film I might do next summer instead of Leap 3. I’m not sure yet. It’s an idea I’ve had that deals with some interesting ideas about the pre-flood world.