We have hit the mid-way mark. Episodes 1 and 3 are almost done, and 2 will be complete after we finally film the party scenes. In the meantime let me update you all on the current happenings.
What a fun change of pace. Day six involved just Whitney, Travis, and yours truly. I drove to their apartment and instantly demanded they get naked and into bed. Okay, not totally true. No one was naked But we did start the shoot in the bedroom, haha. After getting the one shot we needed we moved into the living room to film what I have affectionately referred to as “The Drunk Scenes.”
Whitney started things off with a very lovable performance as a very sad and drunk Lucy. Both her and Travis seem to have the innate ability to jump from drama to comedy in the blink of an eye. Which is great, considering my script is constantly asking that of them.
Next, things got more romantic as we lit an entire scene by candlelight. We are using the Canon 7d to film this show, and it’s just great having the flexibility of switching lenses. And because I had a very fast lens this day we got to shoot in little-to-no light. It was also just fun to step behind the camera for the day and take my time framing pretty shots like the one below.
Next we traveled to my friend Danny Kneip’s house for a really fun scene involving Peyton, Mary, and Mary’s crazed father. Danny and I go back a long way to when I first worked at Blockbuster video. He was my manager back then, but oh how the tables have turned.
I’ve slowly been getting better and more comfortable with blocking scenes, and this day proved to be very challenging in this regard. We had set-ups ranging from complexly blocked scenes all existing in one shot to a lunch scene involving 4 different close ups and a wide. Everybody seemed very up to the challenge and were insanely patient as their director worked his way through the technical aspects. As always, Mary and Peyton were at the top of their games and turned in hilarious performances, and Danny really did a great job. He’s not a professional actor in the traditional sense, but I knew he could pull it off. I was right.
So, now we carry on through the next of production. Our costume designer Miko Simons is almost done with our superhero costumes, and Josh Bauchman has come on-board as our sound designer and composer. The more footage we accumulate the more work piles up on the post end of things, but the one thing we have is time. And I intend to get this show in the best shape it can be before you folks finally lay your eyes on her.