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.
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.
We've lost our locker room location!! It was almost a done deal too..at least I thought so! Anyone in NY/NJ who has a locker room wanna help us out?? Email me!
Lots of updates on this site tonight! Posted Brianna's bio and picture...wow, she's beautiful! Also have Rob Mason's photos up...he is HUGE....I've been working hard on the dropship set which you can also check out..what else? Oh yeah the South Brunswick Post article which we've added in this blog now has links to other sections of the site so that SB readers can navigate around easier..
Just had a great rehearsal this weekend with the gang..things are shaping up!! Costumes are being ordered..oh yeah Einar, our Isreali Diplomat, is going to get his head cast in a mold...We'll film and photograph that too for you all..it's gonna be sweet...
Very Important Lesson: for those novice set designers or poor director/producer types like me--> Don't spray paint in your basement where there's no ventilation!! I learned the very very hard way by almost dying tonight :o
I was working on the set of the dropship interior and went through 3 cans of black spray paint without a mask because.."I just want to get it done fast!!" Boy what a bad move! Everything's ok now, but for a bit it was hazy and I thought the house might explode if the spray paint ozone was ignited by the hot water heater's pilot light...can that happen? Email me if it can!
I'm tired! I spent most of the day working on the dropship interior set! Did you know that one of the best traits for a successful independent film producer is being a good carpenter? I took photos for you but probably won't post them yet until the light at the end of the tunnel is much brighter..but actually it was a good day!
I've been posting actor bios in the casting section and that's also been exciting. We have a table read this weekend. That's basically when all the actors get together usually for the first time to meet each other and read through the script out loud. Will try to remember to take photos of that event too!
We had auditions and casting has been completed!! Thanks to all those who auditioned!!
By now, all actors have been notified and the Deployment Strategy cast has been assembled!
We're really pumped here because we've got a great group of actors and we'll be posting their bios soon!! November's going to be a busy month for us as we ramp up to production. Watch that production meter in the right of the screen..the green arrow will change in December! More soon!