As promised here's my blog entry for the first day of shooting: December 17th, 2005
Our location was an abandoned factory located down in Trenton, NJ. You couldn't ask for a richer looking location, and it was a low-budget film's dream in that you didn't need an art department to add too much more to it...
Behold the melting Smurf man!! Actually, it's our actor, Einar Gunnar, who's playing the diplomat. In this post, we're documenting Part I of how me make a mold of his head (only to completely destroy it later!!). When done, the mold will have blood, guts, and maybe- if we're all very good- some cow's brain for luck!! Click to see our pics...
i. am. so. very. tired...
Note the top right of this site's "project status" meter. Pre-production has wrapped and production has begun!!
zzzzzzzz....(more later this week)
when I got home tonight, santa had come! all my SWAT boots, a swarm of Multibody props, a carrying case, and other props from the prop master had arrived!! This shoot is going to be sweet! also finally got a call from my DP who was in Spain shooting some stuff. He's back and safe and available for the shoot this saturday! We're scouting the location tomorrow night (tuesday). On wednesday, I have another fight choreography rehearsal and a meeting with the Weapon Specialists. Thursday I pickup the guns and gear. Friday some crew sleeps over, Saturday we shoot and on Sunday we have an on-set, dress rehearsal. when do i sleep??
hey all, had a productive weekend.
Friday Spent my friday night in a cold, dark, abandoned factory spray painting lockers black for this weekend's shoot. (note to self: spray painting for 2 hours straight makes your index finger numb for 3 days straight)
Saturday The costumes arrived in the mail and the actors at Saturday's rehearsal managed to try them on and they look great! (These are the SWAT BDU's I'm talking about. Battle Dress Uniforms, ok?!)
It's all been a blur lately. sorry no posts but it's cuz i had to sleep at some point! We've had a great on-set rehearsal in the drop ship cargo hold (see locations), our documentary filmmaker has begun following us around everywhere we go, our location forced us to move up our shoot date, and our costumes are on a UPS truck somewhere in the US slowly making it's way to NJ!!
Last weekend the soldiers of D9 made their first visit to the dropship interior set where we had a rehearsal. Armando, our new team member, was on site to film it. Armando will be producing some behind-the-scenes featurettes about different aspects of putting this film together.
Just had my first rehearsal last night with, Rob, the combat mech...it was awesome. I managed to get us access to the actual set - the warehouse - and we spent an hour working on how the mech moves. We also choreographed a nice fighting sequence where the mech goes beserke and beats everyone up...Things are coming together!!
Cool. so before we sadly mentioned that we lost a location - our locker room which is the first main scene in the film..I'm happy to announce that I think we have a new locker room! I'll be checking it out this weekend and will post some photos..
what else? well rehearsals are going well and, after some delays, i think our effects team will be making a cast of one of our actor's (Einar) head...more soon!
sorry it's been quiet here for a bit...We're full into rehearsals now and things are going insanely well! I think I must have had some good karma saved up that went entirely to my casting!
So I'm sure every director has his own ways of conducting auditions and rehearsals. ( I've been told that I tend to spend a lot of time with actors during auditions and that I book much fewer actors than most.) For rehearsals, we've spent the first couple times reading from the script and focusing on the actors' delivery of lines. This is also a time where I fill in character back stories and provides answers to the typical question of "What's my motivation?" It was also fun to explain to the actors what some of the techno jargon actually means and how it relates to the story...
|Brian Thone, our beloved prop master, has posted more WIP photos of the Multibodies on his site..For you newbies, that's work-in-progress photos!! This time you can see how the attachable gun unit looks like...
As we've mentioned before on this site, the Multibodies in the film accompany the soldiers on missions and provide surveillance functionality and, in this case, elevated lines of fire.