I spent all of Monday and Tuesday night trying to plan the shots and draw out the storyboard. I asked Carter if we should shoot on scope because I think it’ll be cool and he thought so too. Can’t wait to see the end product. Before the shoot, I met Eric at the production lab to help Brian/Carter with the equipment but it turns out that Carter was going to be late so we checked it out. I would have checked out the equipment myself but I have a class right after cinematography and do not have time for it.
We were at the location on time. I told Carter to set up the jib because that requires time. Kellie who plays the lead actress in this film, was late by 15 minutes and took another 15 minutes to change her clothes and do her makeup. We used that time to set up, eat the sandwiches that our kind professor, Jim, bought for us. Yum Yum. The subway Italian BMT gave me the energy to jump start the shoot. Food motivates me and gives me the strength to carry on. After all, I’m only human.
I felt that everything went smoothly today. EVERYTHING. Which rarely happens. The clouds were PERFECT, not too bright, not too dark. Lighting did not even shift much throughout our outdoor shots. Great cast and crew assembly, great locations. We were lucky that despite not having a cardboard box, a dumpster full of it was just 20 feet away. We also had a marker for the slate so we used that to write on the cardboard box.
When Kellie came out of the store strutting in business professional, I was stunned momentarily at her beauty. When we switched to her being homeless, I’m glad I asked her to put some “dirt” on her face and to remove her eye shadow so she can play her homeless role more convincingly.
I can’t believe this one girl who walked past the set actually gave Eric (who played the homeless man) a one dollar bill. Her face was priceless when we told her he’s an actor and we’re just filming a short film. I guess Eric’s just too convincing of an actor.
I missed 1 hour of documentary class to shoot the montage and I think it was pretty worth it. We threw in a couple of different shots other than the ones in the script. You have to see what we shot to agree with what I just said. It was pretty sick. One of the locations is the last photo on the blog post.I predicted that we would over run for this shoot and sent an email to Ron (Professor who teaches the documentary class) the night before to give him a heads up that I would be late for class – the only reason why I would ever be late to any class. Random note, I’ve never missed any class at IU except that one time where I had a surgery for my broken wrist. :( Pretty proud of that record myself.
Anyways, I’m glad that IT’S A WRAP. :) Credits to Kate who was kind enough to take most of the behind the scenes photos for this shoot.
Credits to Carter for this picture.
I’ve been really looking forward to this shoot.
I was at the lab at about 3:45pm as I said I would. Russell was late since he had his shoot for Grief Stricken. I don’t blame him since he went out of his way to let us use his van for the shoot. I really appreciate it. When I first saw Russell with his bald head and red sunglasses, my jaws literally dropped. I thought to myself: “OH MY GOD. HE SHAVED HIS HEAD FOR THE FILM.” I can’t imagine myself cutting my hair or shaving my head for a short film so this came as a shocker. Dedication, I would say.
Same goes to Eric. When he walked into set, I actually thought for a split second that he was a homeless man. He had dirt in his fingers, holes in his jeans, dirty shirt, you name it. I honestly think he would make big money going to Hollywood for all the homeless man roles.
We started shooting at about 4:45pm before the rest of the cast got there. We had to improvise and change location from the buskirk chumley to some apartments 20 feet away because of the lighting and the color of the wall. For the day shots, we shot mostly on natural lighting and for the night shots, we used both the LED lights.
I personally hate to shoot handheld without a monopod/steadicam/rig because of how shaky the shots are but since that was what Kellie wanted, I tried my best to be as stable as I can but she’ll probably have to stabilize it.
The last shot was shot at the highway. Eric dropped me off on the highway near Lake Monroe and I stood out in the cold at about 10pm, waiting for Russell’s van to drive by so I can take a static shot of the van going past. It was scary because it was deserted and there wasn’t any lights on the highway which I am not used to. Imagine if a car drove past and kidnapped me because I was alone… No one would have known how I disappeared. Alas, that’s just my imagination.
I felt bad at the end of the shoot because I think I misplaced Kellie’s lens cap. We passed it back and forth that I don’t remember where I last put it. Hopefully she finds it tomorrow when they return the equipment but otherwise, I’ll probably have to buy her a lens cap.
Photos are limited this time and I apologize. Since I was focusing on the camera, I only took photos before the shoot started:
I AM SO FREAKING HAPPY THAT WE FINALLY GOT DONE SHOOTING (hence, the explosion of caps).
As you know, the shoot got postponed twice but this time, everything went smooth during the shoot. It was a really easy script to work with.
I met Dan at 11:15am to check out the equipment and loaded the equipment to his car. We met the cast at 12:30pm for a first read and decided to change the script a little bit but making it more authentic.
I pretty much knew what I wanted so I tried to find examples online for scenes that match my lighting and framing. This was what I found:
I was ready. I had the shot list, storyboard, line script which I did not really have to look at since we have two cameras.
Carter did not have a fluid head for his slider so we had to use Dan’s swiss knife to remove it from one of the tripods since I sort of insisted that I wanted my shots to have some movement.
The downside of shooting with multi-cameras without the monitor is that you can only look at one camera. I have no idea what was going on in the other camera so I trusted Carter/Ole when they said that the shot’s good. I could have reviewed the shots but we were running out of time so I decided against it.
I’m worried about the sunlight coming from the windows. I’m not sure if that will be feasible since it’s technically a night shot.
I did not take much pictures because I was focusing on directing.