The Shooting Schedule of
The actual physical production and shooting of this film lasted two days.
As I’ve said before, it was 2 wonderful days of amazing productivity
for me. A big thank you to all
involved, because I couldn’t have done it without any of them.
Take a look at the schedule and see how we shot our short.
I get off work after an overtime night shift.
I went to sleep to rest up for the day.
Wake up and go to pickup our rental equipment (lighting kit and mic).
A bit groggy but excited. Mike,
the cameraman, is ready for the day.
Steve arrives with more equipment and I just get back to the apartment.
Mike helps Steve unload everything and I run to the store to pick up last
minute snacks and drinks. Ronit
arrives to start setting up her makeup room.
She is doing the makeup in my bedroom, which has been cleared out and is
also being used for all the production equipment that needs to be hidden. This includes the audio mixer, small monitor for me to watch
while we’re shooting, and holding room for all those not needed.
Needless to say, it’s crowded. No
special treatment going on here.
I get back from the store. Mike
and Steve have the lighting set up started.
Natalie arrives for makeup. She
also brings more outfits for me to take a look at.
We decide on her beautiful dress and stuff the rest of the outfits in my
Justin arrives for his makeup. Natalie
isn’t quite finished yet, but Justin won’t take nearly as long.
Lighting set up is complete. We
are waiting for the actors to finish their makeup, so we can do some last minute
tests. This is right around the time that I took my last minute
before shooting freak out. Tim is
setting up the microphones and the audio mixer.
Without his help, this audio wasn’t going to sound as clean.
I begin freaking out because the audio mixer wasn’t pre-tested at our
tech shoot. We’re all excited to
use it though, so we finish the hook-up and test it out.
It seems to work out fine and I’m able to monitor it in the other room.
Makeup is done and the actors take their places for the final lighting
check. Mike suggests a quick camera
test to make sure that all is working AOK.
We do a short test record and then digitize the footage into the computer
to make sure it’s good all the way through.
A camera problem is found, because we encountered a dirty lens.
Steve quickly cleans the lens and another test record is done.
I find it to be acceptable and we begin to move forward.
We get the first shot off. We’re
approximately 2 hours behind my crazy schedule.
We started with a full run through from beginning to end and then break
it down later on. We shot 3 full
run throughs before we broke it up for a variety of close-ups, two shots and
multiple lighting resets. I
couldn’t believe that we moved the lights so many times.
I was really underestimating the time it would take to set up each shot
and we were falling incredibly behind for the day.
Reinforcements, Scott and Ed, arrive with dinner.
Subway subs are served! We
really needed a break to just socialize and get our energy back up.
I’m very quiet at this point as I huddle with Jon and Mike to discuss
what shots we have to have tonight and what can be put off until tomorrow.
We finish eating and get ready for more shooting.
We’re back at it. We’re thinking of quickly adding a second camera while we
let Natalie and Justin get their makeup freshened up and rehearse a little.
Ed will shoot and we can maybe get more of the shots we need tonight.
I put the kibosh on it and decide to just go with one camera. I’m a little bit worked up at this point and really nervous
that this won’t get done.
We’re really doing some high quality work at this point.
The actors are firing on all cylinders and I love the footage we’re
getting. We grab a few shots where we see the outside since we’ll
need it dark.
We end the night on an emotional high.
Everyone feels great about the work that we’ve done and we call it a
night. We leave all the equipment
right where it is since we we’ll need it again tomorrow.
Everyone goes home to get some much-needed rest.
I decide that I can’t sleep until I assess some of the footage that
we’ve gotten. I log and digitize
almost every single frame of footage that we shot.
I got about 3 hours of sleep that night.
I slept on the couch surrounded by the equipment.
People starting to arrive for more shooting.
Fred’s groggy, but can’t wait to start.
Steve stops by to check out the lights and give us some pointers.
Pretty sure we were shooting by now.
Everyone falling into their roles. Very
relaxed set. Only Jon, Mike, me, Ronit, Justin and Natalie.
Which makes it a bit daunting, since we don’t have a lot of help.
But we’re moving quickly.
We’re shooting the scene in the kitchen.
Can hear lots of mowers outside which sucks, because I’d been
monitoring their gardening schedule for 3 weeks and they’re about an hour
early. Justin is on his 4th
of 5th Coke by now.
We’re moving at a good clip. Nothing
is going to slow us down now.
Breaker blew. That was a good take, which now we need to do over.
Fred’s panicking a little. Can’t
remember where we need to go. Mike
can’t understand me. We’re both
frustrated. Jon intervenes
and like a good producer gets us back on track.
We finally take a lunch break. Pizza
Fred breaks out the cookies.
Still amazed that these actors are soo good.
Showing signs of fatigue. Scott
arrives and takes Jon’s place at the boom pole.
Jon shoots some behind the scenes footage.
Jon has to go home to his family. We’ve
got our footage. We take a group
picture. The actors amazingly ask
for one more run through. I agree
although I can’t believe it. It’s
incredible. I’m on the floor,
just marveling at their performances. They
perform like they’ve been doing these characters on stage for weeks.
We’re finished. Justin and Natalie get their makeup off.
We start to break down the equipment.
Steve returns to get his lights. We
say our goodbyes.
Fred eats leftovers and is so happy.
Fred digitizes the rest of the footage like a maniac.
Promises himself to get some distance from the footage before beginning
any cutting. Love the footage that
Finally, calmed down and went to bed.
I loved every second of this production. Amazing people, working together toward a common goal. I’m very happy and I feel energized. Now, comes the life sucking moments and the amazing breakthroughs in editing, as well as, the agony of finishing.