Hey all, exhausted can't type, but today we had a great shoot. we filmed the dropship interior scene...will post photos at some point, but you can see the set's construction in the Locations section...the cast was great and we actually wrapped early! will post more later! mc

Hey all,

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...

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)

Q: Are you shooting digital or film? And, if digital, are you shooting HD? How did you come to your final decision on shooting format?

A: We'll be shooting on miniDV. The initial reason was simply because I own 2 miniDV cameras and wanted to spend the budget on other things! I own a Sony TRV-900 and Canon XL-1. Since that decision though, I've read about the film, Broken, ( and seen what they've done with miniDV and it looks amazing!! That totally reinforced my decision to shoot on miniDV. I am curious about HD and want to eventually try it out, but HD's not going anywhere so I'll wait it out a there are hardware considerations for HD in terms of my editing/fx studio and really don't have the time to see what upgrades I may need to take. So that's it! Btw, if anyone knows any good sites about tips and stuff when shooting with miniDV, send them over!!!

Arg! Most of my Director's Blog posts seem to mention insurance, and so it shouldn't be a surprise when I say it's such an annoying process of getting some!! I've just found out that if you have any squibs on the set, it makes getting basic short term coverage a pain!!! We're now strongly reconsidering whether we should have live pyrotechnics on site...arg!

So my latest task has been to find insurance coverage for the shoot...Even on a micro budget, if you're shooting on locations, I strongly recommend getting insurance. First of all, a lot of locations (like mine) will require it before even considering hosting your film crew. Second of all, depending on what you're doing on set, it may actually be more worth while than paying the actors! That's something we're doing.

There are many different types of insurance packages and coverages that you can get. What I'm looking for is 3rd party property damange and general liability. The first protects the location owner in case you break anything and the latter will cover basic injuries that may befall your cast and crew. There are many other types that become important as your budget goes up, but I strongly recommend the two I listed.

GornFX will be doing all the practical and in-camera effects on Deployment Strategy. These include bullet wounds, torn off arms, a punched off head, crushed eye, come to think of it, this is a violent movie!

As I wrote in a former post, I met the GornFX team, Ken and Ingrid, on the set of a reality show pilot. They were doing the make up on that project. We got to talking and Ingrid said that they love to do zombies. Then Ken whipped out their portfolio and I couldn't believe the awesome undead and multilation fx they've done!

Who Am I and why in the world... i doing this?? I ask myself this all the freaking time but the conclusion is always the same- I don't know why, all I know is that I just must, must, must make this film...

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