Ep7 Shoot Days 7 & 8

On with the recounting of shoot days.

Day 7. Saturday, June 16th. We had 3 dialogue scenes to shoot in the 2nd Sanctum, which is what I call the apartment that houses our 4 protagonists. It was wonderful. After weeks and weeks of difficult (but gorgeous) locations, where we were doing a lot of difficult setups, it was fantastic to be shooting dialogue coverage in a familiar location. Ryan arrived at 2 p.m., we got the lights set up, were going by around 3 p.m. and wrapped at 9:30 p.m. The performances were great, everything was very calm, we shot an update in the middle of everything, ate pizza from down the street on a relaxed dinner break, and had a few beers after we wrapped. It was absolutely wonderful. One of our leads, Carlyn, had been picketing the fact that she was the only member of PoPS-core who hadn’t yet seen a largely effects-less draft of episode 6, so we showed her. She loved it and it was nice to watch it again after being away from it for a few weeks while we’ve been working on Ep7. It made me excited to get it finished, because it really is the best episode we’ve done yet and I want other people to see it finally. Ryan watched it too and I think it made him excited to get the effects on it done too. He also got to see some of the effects I did for the opening for the first time and he liked them a lot, which was a nice payoff for me. At any rate, it’ll be great to get that sucker done.

Day 8. Tuesday, June 19th. Back to a live location. We shot in an open bar called The Silver Dollar Tavern. We got there at 7 p.m. and wrapped at 9 p.m. It was supposed to be a slow night for them, but there was a surprising amount of people for what was supposed to be a pretty empty place and a couple of the guys in there were determined to shout occasionally obscenity-laced invectives at each other any time we started a take. I think we got a few clean takes, but it’s going to be a rough edit for sound. The location looked fantastic though, dark and mirrored with a ton of neon signs. Our cast was awesome, including a really great guest appearance by Derek Elstro, one of the minds behind Chicago’s burgeoning action-films-as-theater movement including Point Break Live, Reservoir Dogs with an all-female cast, and Predator the Musical. Afterward, the cast and crew had a couple of beers on production, although I was shocked to find that left to their own devices on an open bar tab they only ran up 56 bucks. Shocked! That’s me being shocked.

Day 9 is tomorrow night on the streets and alleys of Chicago without a filming permit. We only got a filming permit once and no one ever asked to see it so it was a total waste of 25 bucks. I’ll let you know how it all goes next week.

Thanks for reading.

–Jarvi

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