We’re about halfway through our break from shooting. We’ve had a couple weeks here in LA, and we have about two weeks to go until we fly back to the county for Mr. Irwin’s Fishstock concert (do it – July 20) followed by round two of filming.
Truth be told, the time off has been a mixed blessing.
Because on the one hand, we were on a roll – we were in the movie, we were getting quicker with our setups, better lighting, better sound, all the actors were stepping into their characters beautifully. So it was hard to leave that kind of energized work flow. And yet on the other hand, we were getting burnt out. We were losing energy, patience, sanity. (Lesson #348 learned: don’t film a crying scene in the backyard of an open bar on a busy night while exhausted or you (meaning “I”) will start crying like a child while trying to still be a director/producer. Bad news all around.)
And yet – there is something to be said about pushing through and making the movie, even when you’re tired – because leaving that world is rough. I remember shooting Winter Guest a year and a half ago – our achy mornings when we looked at one another and said, “I don’t want to do this.” And then of course we had coffee, got moving, gathered momentum, and had a great day of shooting. There’s something to be said for being in the world of the project with nothing else to distract you.
But here’s the thing – there was (and will be) plenty to distract us. If this shoot has taught us anything it’s that (I’m laughing as I type this, fool that I am) – oh, yes, there is a REASON films cost so much money (I’m not talking Transformers 4 – but…er…slightly more than $8,500 – ps we set up a PayPal on our Get Involved page, check it out). We can’t shoot another movie without a producer, production manager, consistent/rotating boom operator (s). I would give anything to pay a friend full time to be my prod manager – but I just can’t at the moment. Oy – you’d be amazed at the costs even without this kind of assistance….So right now – we are the main crew. Not that we haven’t received heaps of (free) help – we have, we absolutely have. But it’s bigger than us.
That being said, we knew this going in – we’re stretching ourselves ever so slightly beyond sanity, and we knew we would be. And truth being told – we have a sweet movie on our hands so far. It’s really honestly, miraculously, all coming together.
So it’s with careful consideration and planning that we move into round 2. July is a big one. The movie takes place in July – so that means loads of outdoor shooting. A wedding, angry kayaking, exteriors like crazy at all times of day and all over the county. We’re about to add my dog to the cast, which presents its own ridiculous issues (he only works for food – attention is of no concern – only treats).
We’ll be ready for it. The time off has been good. Because not only can we plan and prepare logistically, but the creative break gives some perspective and new ideas…
More on that next time.