Saturday, October 21, 2006

Shooting rampage, part 2

Part 2.

After Jermaine left, we all had lunch - which lasted a little longer than normal, but as usual, Mike kicked my ass up and we were heading to our second location before 3. We got to my friend's house, which was doubling as two houses (I'll explain later) in the film, and started to immediately set up for the fourth scene in the film.

We took a piece of wall and built a mock window in it, just to make things look cooler (and hell, did it ever). We came under the problem of the real windows letting in waay too much light and creating a ton of overexposure. There wasn't much we could do about it, so Mike and I agreed to tighten up the shots whenever we could (which gave us mixed results. For the most part, we avoided the window in shots and went with our fake one, which was easy to control. We did the living room scene first; basically just a quick conversation between Lyndon and JC (the two characters) and some movement. It took us a few hours, during that time which Jen, the actress who was going to play Bryce showed up. We met briefly, but I was in the middle of planning shots so unfortunately, I basically sent her off to my makup artist a little later after she watched what I was doing.

We finished the living room scenes, and jumped outside for a few quick shots at the entranceways. Those went without a hitch. We headed back inside, the light starting to die, and an entire kitchen scene to film, including one very difficult shot that pans back and forth during a conversation. It was a key shot, so we couldn't just cut it out; plus, I'd got the inspiration from an unlikely source. (Watching a video on someone else's portable DVD player while on the train.) That particular shot took 10 takes - the most of any take, and about 4 or 5 were usable, but alas; we are all perfectionists, so we did it over and over.

The problem? Well, we'll probably have to do it all again, because the contuinity likely won't match up with the other shots. It's a kick in the pants, but there's not much I can do about it. Unless of course, in post I was willing to go through every frame and manually edit the background, which I: don't know how to do, and: don't really want to go through over 1000 frames and individually edit.

When it was all said and done, we were out of there around 8:30PM, totalling about 6 hours on the spot. We all piled in and headed for my house; in anything, we were all going to relax after we got a few more shots.

And that, will be explained later (along with everything else I've mentioned).
The fake window in action.
The real window whiting eveything out, during a cool shot.
Setting up some reflection for the shot.
A view from the other end of the fake window.
Me (centre) talking to Ben (Lyndon, R) and Conor (JC, L).
A hell of a difficult tracking shot in action.
The outdoor scene.
And yes, we did fool around sometimes.


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