Saturday, June 27, 2009
Gosh, San Jose is hot as a &^%$#@! whatever that's suppose to mean. We shot out on the plantation, that is,
up in the hills of Milpitas on someone's ranch. They have cattle, cows, bulls, horses, chickens and wabbits.
The bulls are tame. I walked across the pen they have with the horses, and they just walked past me to the water shed.
Lucky me. It reminded me of when I was in the military stationed in Portugal. They had town fiestas in every town
and they would have street bullfights. Five men would hold a bull on a long rope and let the bull run the streets and
folks got to "play" and run with the bulls. If you were American afiliated with the military there, you couldn't
play with the bull because they didn't want to foot the bill if we got hurt. So, I never got the chance to play
with the bull. Man, I really wanted to. But they would do some crazy diciplenary stuff to you if they saw you
running with the bull.
9:27 pm pdt
Oh, yea, shot at the ranch, our heroes went back in time and ended up in Civil War era California,
illegal slavery and all that stuff. Our heroes witness a rape and "to the rescue." I stayed almost all
nite worrying about the rape scene. I didn't want to get graphic but I wanted to show that stuff like that happened
and it's a life changing experience for Eddie, street thug from the future. Witnessing that makes him mad but at
the same time makes him look in the mirror at his own evil ways. So he wants to change his ways, his life. Of
course I couldn't let him live...with Caos, there will be Consequences. You know, there's a lot a dying in these
movies. Best shot of the day- I want to say a shot of the rape scene. That's kinda harsh, but to pull that
off the actress and the actor have to give something of themselves. The actor/rapist kept apologizing to the actress.
I remember when I first auditioned him. I just came out and said "hey somebody's got to do the rape, it might
as well be you" And I still remember him bowing his head and thinking about. And he's say yea I'll
do it but it's so hard to even think about. I said don't think about it till we have to do it. That was
back in April and here in the end of June we did it. It's not graphic or anything like that but I just wanted to
show the symbolism behind it all. The actress tells me it was just as tough for her to film the little love scene she
had to do with another actor. I put her through a lot today. Great job guys. Oh and back out in the sun
Thursday, June 25, 2009
MICHAEL JACKSON died today. We were in the middle of our shooting day when text messages were received by almost everyone
on cast and crew. I even got one from one of the cast members from episode two. I remember on one of my shoots
years ago, that Miles Davis died and we learned while filming. They're saying on the news that you will remember
where you were when you heard MJ died. Yea, I remember where I was when I first heard the Jackson Five.
My older sister introduced me to their music as a youngster. Like most, I loved their songs. They rocked.
MJ became an ICON and a legend. Forget the crazy stuff you heard about. He did well. And may his soul through
the mercy of God, Rest In Peace.
9:27 pm pdt
Oh, yea, we had a good day of filming, pretty much got caught up after losing that day.
Lisa, my Key MUA, says she prays everyday for our shoot to be Blessed. Thanks Lisa, I believe it's working.
Wow. 12th hour replacement. Got a new lead!! He came down from Sacramento in the middle of the night because
he wanted the role and found out we were looking. We didn't know who the replacement would be since we had a lot
of calls out and we even auditioned an actor and casted him but he had another role he was up for and two hours later called
to say he had gotten the role and couldn't do ours. Well, of course that was a paid role not deferred like ours.
Well, the new lead called around 6am said he was ready to come in. He had no script notes, sides, just himself.
We got him to set and we let him do his thing. He studied hard. We had to use cue cards because it was a lot of
dialouge and I just couldn't expect him to hit every mark, but at the same time I wasn't giving him time to study,
"dude we gotta role now" We had lost a day and in low budget independent films a lost day can be disaterous.
So, we're back! Not on schedule but a big weight off our shoulders. Best shot today, a dolly shot that's
the POV of a police officer as he walks up to the car with our leads, that he has just pulled over. Nice.
9:13 pm pdt
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Day 1 Future Shock
I wanted to entitle this "a director's worst nightmare" an independent director's worst nightmare
to be exact but it happened to me today. The lead actor showed up to the set unprepared, unable to perform and just
plain burned our day of filmmaking. The producer insisted we had to let him go. Well that's great and
who the hell is gonna do the role. So we ended up shooting cutaways and actually shot one actors scene without the lead.
That really took away from the scene cause it was suppose to be an intimate, freindship type of scene but the actor was unavailable
for a reshoot because, he taking time off from work to do the film in the first place. So, if we're able to find
a replacement by tomorrow, we will shoot the new lead's role without the actor. Kinda strange. But I know
the audience will sense the emptiness. You really can't fake clean shots without a two shot or establishing shot
or something to reveal the two actors presence.
9:53 pm pdt
I'm awaiting phone calls now as I type here. Waiting to replace
the lead and start not over but reshoot a little and try to press on. This is all so depressing that I can't even
be happy about the stuff we were able to get today which looked really good, especially our time travel kart and the stuff
we used to dress the set. Stay tuned
Finished up strong on a Sunday, Father's Day. It was a one man show for Rufus/Wilfredo. We did all his "in
his slumb apartment room" scenes. We were able to witness his transformation also, as he was made up for Rufus
all day, than we changed him to Wilfredo for the finale. Vic was able to give me the transformation shot I wanted.
It took place in a short hallway, flashing lights and all. I originally wanted a long dark alley. Rufus would
start at one end and walk down the alley, lightning would flash and as he got closer we would start seeing Wilfredo in the
lightning flash. Well we ended up using a very short corridor space did the same thing, we got it. So, it's
so long to the cast of Repentless. And onto a new cast for Future Shock
9:33 pm pdt