Tuesday, July 18, 2006

Day One in the Can!

Our first day of shooting was on Saturday, July 15, at Rick's Cafe in Monmouth, OR, for the "Big Scene." This is the only scene where all three actors participate, plus we had to coordinate our poet, musician and extras. On top of that, the cafe was open for business that day, so we had to deal with customers as well. In short, it was our most complicated shoot, so we decided to get it out of the way first.

All of the pieces came together really well except for the lead actor incident (see previous posting). Because we had to re-cast Jeff, I met the actors at 11:30 instead of 12 noon, which was our original meeting time, so that we could rehearse will all three of them, and let Nick in on all of the blocking and camera work.

(Did I mention how grateful we are to Nick for stepping in at the last minute? Well, we are.)

One amusing aspect to this whole thing is that the character Jeff has to be very nasty to Pam. First, Nick is a very mellow guy and was having trouble channeling any meanness. Also, he is newly engaged to Meghan, who plays the part of Pam.I was a little worried for the first couple of takes, but he found some anger somewhere and by take six, we had it!

After the 2 1/2 hour shoot, we went back to Shaun's place to look at the footage. It all looked great. We have some 20 minutes of footage to choose from for the 3 minute scene. Shaun was very pleased.

All in all, a good day.

This week Shaun and David and Katey are going to shoot some of the exteriors for the film. I can't make these shoots, but there is very little character development, etc. that I am concerned about in these shots, so I am not worried.

This weekend we are going to record the answering machine tape. I think that's a good task for a weekend that promises to be in the 100's.

That's all for now.


Blogger Shaun Huston said...

Ah - of course you mean "Day one in the little plastic case!"

2:53 PM  
Blogger susanthehuman said...

Wow, you've got hollywood drama and everything! So are you going to work the Alpacas in somehow? Maybe have one of them waiting tables in the cafe?

5:38 AM  
Blogger Maren said...


Actually, the production company (Shaun and I) is called "Flight Animal Productions" and it will have some sort of alpaca-logo.

But I like the idea of them waiting tables. However, alpacas are really bad at making change. Really, really bad.

10:33 AM  

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