Ep8 Shoot Days 10, 11, & 12

On with the production recap!

Day 10-Sunday, November 10. This was a grab bag day. There’s one every shoot. There are a couple little scenes in each script that are in different locations than anything else and so we cram as many of them as possible into one shooting day. Our first location was a cul-de-sac neighborhood in the suburbs. It was a one page scene. Everyone had arrived by about 10:45 a.m. and were done shooting by noon. After a quick lunch at one of the more delicious taco places in our neck of the woods, we arrived at our next location at 1:30. It was a less-than-half-page scene and we were done by 2:15. Moving on, we got a daytime exterior shot of an arcade location we’re hoping to shoot a scene inside by the end of the month. It’s an awesome retro arcade and all the games take nickels. Some of them cost as much as 4 nickels, but, come on, that’s only 20 cents. Ryan, Eliza, and I hung out playing arcade games for about an hour while the sun went down and we got our last shot of the day. A night time establishing shot of a forest preserve sign. Grab bag day. Everything we shot will amount to about 30 seconds of screen time in the final episode. Maybe less. Because we’re on the wrong side of daylight savings time we got our night shot by 5:30 p.m. and were home making dinner before 6.

Day 11-Tuesday, November 12. Freezing. Absolutely freezing cold. We all arrived at around 7:30 p.m. I was afraid to check the temperature at all when we were shooting, but when we finished up at 11, our Producer Tim pulled out his iPhone and it reported 25 degrees. Fahrenheit. Not only that, 2 out of 3 of my lead actors were sick. Craig had an awful cold, stuffed up like crazy, blowing his nose every five seconds. Greta claimed to be fine, but she was coughing every minute Craig wasn’t blowing his nose. In fact, there was a moment when we were running lines inside, warming up for a minute, when they were both going at it pretty hard and Marshall, the third actor in the scene, had to break down laughing. As soon as it drops below 40 degrees, all exterior shooting takes on a certain amount of urgency. Even below 50 isn’t great, but it’s really under 40 that things start to feel a little dire. It was a really important scene filled with complicated dialogue, but we got it all in the end. Everybody scattered immediately following the shoot and Lize and I headed to get a midnight dinner at another delicious taco place. Noticing a theme here? One last thing to mention. The date was 11/12/13. Significance? Zero.

Day 12-Wednesday, November 13. The thermometer said it was warmer, but what does the thermometer know about windchill? Call was 7:30 p.m., we were all assembled by 8:30 p.m. Luckily, we didn’t have much dialogue to get because our footage sounds like it was shot in a hurricane. It makes for some lovely, dramatic wardrobe whipping, but I’m going to have to piece-meal the soundtrack out of our foley library. But that’s fine, ’cause it looks great. The performances were fantastic, we were just all freezing to death in between things. We were shooting in this alley all night, getting great looking footage while both actors were suffering from different ailments—I tell you, we got hit like a voodoo curse this week. But we’re still getting our pages shot. As we were about to get our last shot at about 11:50 p.m. a guy who lives next to the alley stuck his head out of the second floor and asked us if we were going to go all night because he had to work in the morning. I told him five more minutes and did my best to make it happen. Poor guy. I hate that we ruined his night, but don’t regret getting our sequence. Inner conflict. Good for novels and blogs, bad for the visual mediums. We were packing up by 12 and back home and in bed by 1:30.

Those two nights kicked my ass. Shooting is tiring, but shooting outside in the cold is exhausting. I was so tired on Thursday that after work I fell asleep on the couch watching April Fool’s Day before Eliza made it home. Still tired Friday morning. We’re getting our pages though. Episode 8 is well under way.

Thanks for reading.

–Jake

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