Weekend of Feb. 20th & 21st

this weekend was IN-SANE. in-sane is a hyphenate used as a descriptor for, in this case, an unprecedented level of camaraderie and dedication rarely experienced outside of newly wed dinner preparation.


we started at 3pm at a suburban park. it had snowed the night before so there was a lot of trudging through undriven snow in inappropriate footwear. AND we were working with a couple of kids who were cast off of internet casting sites, one was 12 and the other was 6. as soon as they arrived with their entire families, ryan, brad, and i looked at each other with a mounting sense of terror. what had i signed us up for? we had never worked with the precious children of total strangers while their entire families watched.  but they were amazing!  the performances were fantastic and their families were the coolest.  the moms talked shop–what it was like helping their kids chase their dreams, while we led their children into the playground and worked through the scenes.  it moved like a dream and i have never had a guest star who was so thrilled by an impromptu snowball fight.

eliza showed up after work and we flew through her sequence, beating the sun by at least 45 minutes. outstanding.

then we shot two more scenes in a nearby business district, all with guest stars, no regulars, and the energy that people brought to their performances was epic. everyone was so game. and we got through everything really quickly. which was lucky because one of our guest stars was acting in the 30 degree weather in a skirt without a coat. juliette needham is hardcore.

we finished at about 7:30,  got some movies (zombieland, shoot ’em up, and the hangover), pizza, and drinks and had a “high school sleepover” in ryan’s parent’s basement. it was the epitome of what a shoot day should be.


we woke up and got a scene with eliza and the squadron’s sanctum. then headed into battling some hardcore page count with a character that i don’t think i’ll mention in a location that will get the same treatment. but it did end up getting hard. we ran out of tape at about 7:30 and i didn’t have another one. it was at about the same time that we all hit the wall and our energy died.  david (a.d.) went to check his car to see if he had a tape and ryan and i talked ourselves into quitting and picking it up another night, when david mystically appeared with another tape. we grit our teeth and headed back into it, pushing through one of the most difficult sequences of the entire episode by sheer force of will, AND THEN shot one of the longer dialogue scenes in the episode. we finished at 11:30, feeling pretty good, packed up, and i made it home at 12:30.

all in all, it was amazing. everyone was so dedicated and worked so hard i was really inspired. this cast and crew give so much of their time to help make the show look as good as possible, i can’t believe it. i can’t even describe how blessed i am to have them with me for this. they deserve medals of valor and epic poems, but all they’re getting is this blog. they’re awesome.

i’ll put up a couple pictures we’ve taken during shooting in the next few days.

another shoot night on wednesday, almost done now.

oh, and episode 2 is playing at the college of lake county at the lake county film festival the first weekend in march. once thursday. and once on saturday. it’s playing  before a doc made by a couple of guys from second city. anyone in the area i’d love to see you there.

take it easy.

5 Responses to “Weekend of Feb. 20th & 21st”

  1. Oh, and reading how awesome this sounds DESTROYS me. I want to be there so bad that I’m melting…

  2. a character that you don’t think you’ll mention in a location that will get the same treatment? you. are. killing. me.

    your post really captures the in-sane-ness of the weekend. massive props to you, ryan, david, and the whole cast and crew who are working their asses off. your audience so appreciates all the hard work, and i have no doubt that it will pay off big time.

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