Saturday, June 20, 2009
We shot at a neighborhood convienence store today. We didn't get bothered at all in the neighborhood. I saw
a lot of people watching through their windows or coming out on the porch. Some drivers coming by would holler over at us
"yall shooting a commercial" or "what are you filming" I always hate that because once you tell
them what you're filming, a drama or what have you, you have to tell them the name of the film, than what it's about
and finally who's in it. Resulting in driver just speeding away because he really didn't care in the first place
just hoping to catch a glimpse of Keanu or Denzel or Nicole...need late names?
11:20 am pdt
Anyways, it was kinda clampy shooting
there and I was trying hard to stay out the way of customers and make the owner happy BECAUSE I need to use the store again.
So we clelaned up real nice and left it better than we got there.
We shot two scenes there. Locations are important,
they give films, especial the small independant films, real world conditions, life. Because it's hard to get locations
on a low budget, a lot of films use few location or have to tell their stories from single location which sometimes take away
from the story. For example if I wasn't able to get the church, it would have been such a lost not to be able to
show Ana Lisa's devotion to going to the church to pray for her departed war veteran husband. It would be dramatically
different if I set the scene for her to pray at her house.
Many people, especially now, can relate to her devotion and
sorrow over the lost. And being confined to a space takes it out of context. I could have had her holding a picture
of him while grieving but there's nothing really special about that because she could grieve like that (in the house with
a picture) everyday. Going to the church to pray on that special makes it special and more dramatic.
moved to an apartment and the car. Car scenes are tough, RE: five hours to film a 20second scene. But once again,
filming in a moving car adds a little life to static shots. A boring conversation in a moving car screens better than
that same conversation standing on a corner or over the car hood. Well for time sake, we had to do just that, film over
the car hood. Just make the conversation short and sweet and move on. Try to get that car moving shot next time.
Best shot of the day? I'll say Ana Lisa seating in the car with a real angered look on her face. The sun
bounces off her hair and hits her just right, we can see she's steaming. Sweet.
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Thanks to Claudine I'm almost caught up. Day5 saw us at Classic Burger in Los Gatos. We filmed an intimate
scene between the leads having lunch. Originally, little Ana was suppose to be in this scene, but I wrote her out.
This was Alexis first film so I decided not to overwhelm her with so many scenes. Oh, she was suppose to die last Sunday
in the finale accident scene but I wrote her out of that too. Man, if she reads this, I'm in for it. And yea,
she can read this. I noticed kids with PCs read alot earlier and better than when I was a kid. You know, they
have to learn to read early now so they can read the instructions how to play their favorite video games or better yet how
to go on the internet and get cheat codes.
11:33 pm pdt
Well next we went to film at a church. We filmed Ana Lisa and Ana praying
for the soul of Ana's father who died in the war in Iraq. So just a little message to you all out there to keep
in your prayers the boys over seas. I'm a vet, so I know what it's like. I'm not inot all this war
stuff but my brothers over there are doing a job, so lets keep them in our prayers.
Victor, my DP did a God effect shot,
where the doors to the church are open wide and the sun shines in leaving a long beam on the floor behind Ana and Ana Lisa
as they pray. Nice.
Angel asked me to guest blog so here I am. (Claudine the Script Super). We all dragged ourselves back to the Oakland
warehouse after a long overnight shoot. It was all worth while because we got to watch Fred get beat up and Angel got knifed. Then
the resident artists revolted by throwing some muscle around and giving Angel the business. After Mr. Power Freak
left we went outside to be heckled by the locals. Victor set up a beautiful halo shot around Rufus and it was a great
ending to a getto fabulous location.
2:06 pm pdt
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Nite shoot number one, got me two days behind on the blog. Shot inside a warehouse in Oaktown, suppose to be industrial/alley
way type of thing, got some good gritty stuff. Lots of blood and beatings and ruthless stuff. You know stuff that
happens in dark alleys. Places that should be avoided unless you know for sure that the voice crying out to you from
that alley is voice of God and not two or three thugs with a bat. One thing i've learned about lighting nite stuff,
you can make the nite look good-which isn't a good thing cause after all it's nite. I prefer the other way around,
making day look nite. Now that's dark. It's a little harder to do day for nite in HD, film has so much
more depth and contrast. And film is so much more natural, even though everything now is going digital. As you
may guess I'm a film guy. I've notice how the industry is gearing us for the digital look. First by shooting
on digital and transferring to film, then eventually everything will be shot on digital and projected in digital. So
film guys get your eyes ready.
10:55 pm pdt
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Spent 4+ hours setting up one shot that will last a total of 15secs of screen time. Now that's work. That
could be discouraging to the novice. It's like those special effects you see in movies and you go "wooo really
cool" and you find out on one of those "the making of so and so" that that cool shot took like 3 million people
and 345 days to do.
12:31 pm pdt
Starting to really like shooting in the city of San Jose. Lots of nice locations to shoot at
and nobody bothers you and, except for if you shoot over plane routes which seem to be everywhere, you can get quiet spots
Heading into another nite shoot, people get tired from night shoots. Just gotta be careful on
independant shoots, can't drive the wagon wild but have to stay on course. Moving forward.
Monday, June 15, 2009
Day 1 Repentless
Repent: To feel remorse, contrition, or self-reproach for one has done or fail to do.
12:57 am pdt
So begins the tale of Rufus
(Ruthless) our hero of the story. Our hero because we always learn something from heros right. So eventually we
will learn what not to do in life. But that's for another day. Today, we jump ahead to Leslie and Laura, Rufus'
girlfriends or should we call them his distractions. He has no love for them, but he treats them good and doesn'abuse
them. How can a ruthless killer be so timid. There is so much that goes on in the human mind. Some filmmakers
decide to tell you just what is going on and how and why. I want to show you what's going on and let you dicide
or figure out why. I've never met such a person as Rufus, but it seems that movies are obsessed with this character
and so are audiences. We like to peek into the minds of pyschos through slasher, horror, terror, and serial crime movies.
We are led to believe that it all ends with capture or killing by the police. But is it possible your new found love
or someone you know is a monster by night and a nerd by day. If you found out, would you simply forgive them if they
said they were changing their life because of you? Than know this, a world without repentance is a world in chaos, and
there will be conseqence as Rufus is about to find out.