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Saturday, April 30, 2016

"That's a currrrrrrrrrrrrrt!!!" - Dotay.

That's a wrap on Sure Thing! Principal photography ended in the late afternoon of this past Tuesday. Picture wrap is always bitter sweet. You're counting down the days for it all to be over so you can rest and bask in the warm glow of progress, but you miss all the people you worked with through the struggle. And it is a struggle to get an indie feature film shot. Sometimes you lose a location, sometimes the scene gets rewritten at the last minute, sometimes communication gets dropped, and sometimes... the scene gets rewritten at the last minute... again. ;)
I can't stress enough how hard this cast and crew worked to bring this film in. For a lot of people, this was their first feature film, but after the second week, you couldn't tell. We had long hours, late nights, a few long commutes, but nobody lost their sense of humor. I had a lot of fun working with this cast and I hope to work with them again. My crew was awesome and I WILL work with them again. If any other cinematographer reading this needs an AC, I have a few referrals for you.
For sound, if you can interrupt his solo career, "E" is your man.
Now we enter the murky waters of post production. There will be pick-up shots and b-roll to shoot, colors to grade, and more ADR than you can shake a stick at. It's a long process, but soon, in a few months, we'll have a screening to share. We'll all point and laugh saying, "I remember that!", or "So that's what that looked like.", and "When can we do this again???"

Sunday, April 10, 2016

Big Wigs and Warehouses!


Today ended two of the hardest weeks of filming to date on Sure Thing. Long hours were put in by cast and crew, but we never lost our sense of humor. The yo-yo changes in temperature sent the health of some of the crew on a gnarly roller coaster ride, but those of us left standing carried the film through last weekend. A huge shout out to Aidan Feore and Paul for keeping the focus and the laughs coming through an incredibly daunting evening.
During the past week we spent our nights in a cold dark warehouse somewhere under an overpass and near some train tracks. We had some gorgeous yellow street light coming in through the busted up windows, the brick walls were covered in chipping paint, and the building structures inside were falling apart from water damage and covered in years of dirt and grime. Warehouses are fun. It was cold, but nobody complained. We had good crafty and lots of jokes.
Sadly today, my camera assistant, Jack Roebuck pulled his final focus on principal photography for "Sure Thing". I think he's going to Costa Rica, or the Panama Canal, or someplace nice with his family, I don't remember. Jack, you are a hard worker. You're a quick learner and you anticipate my needs at camera without being asked to do anything. You will be sorely missed. Trust the marks! See you in two weeks.
As hard as we work on this film,  no matter how physically and mentally exhausted I am at the end of every shoot day, I get to come home and change this baby's diapers. Carrying him around the house before bed washes the stresses of the day away. He rests my mind. I'm not running math in my head over lighting ratios and camera angles. After putting him down I sleep so soundly, until the pacifier falls out of his mouth.