Archive for the ‘Preproduction’ Category


Let the Interrogation Begin

March 28, 2010

While Awake moves through the editing process, we’re already beginning work on the next short.  Right now it’s called “Interrogation,” but that’ll change… as soon as I come up with a better title.  You can take a look at the script here.

We had our first production meeting this past thursday, with Danny, Don, Curt, and the lead actress, Tamar Feinkind.  Tamar had auditioned for Awake.  Even though that part eventually went to Adrienne, I knew Tamar was talented.  I’m very excited she’ll be playing the part of the Nurse on this.

Like the noir, it looks like we’ll be shooting this over five days, one of which will be overnight.  We’ll be on stage for four of those days, which is something I haven’t done since film school.  Should be fun.


Word of the Day

September 30, 2009’s Word of the Day today is “gaucherie.”  A few months too late for many of the guys auditioning last March.


A Day at the Beach

April 28, 2009

[Editor’s note: I meant to post this last week.  I’m not sure why it didn’t go up.]

Nothing is ever easy.

The end of the movie calls for Shooter and Angel to sit on the beach, watching the sun set over the water.

Being in Los Angeles, this seemed like a simple proposition.  We’re on the west coast, the sun sets in the west; ergo, we go to the beach and roll.

Yesterday, I found, to my surprise, that this is not necessarily so.  I stood on the sand next to the Venice pier, looking out at the horizon, and the sun was to my back.

Turns out, Venice beach curves around like a crecent moon, and we were basically facing southeast.

So, we packed up and moved waaaay down the beach, and managed to at least get the sun setting behind the mountains.  Not exactly what I’d planned, but it still turned out looking pretty.  I think it worked out okay.


Bright Eyed and Bushy Tailed

April 18, 2009

I started Day 3 at 6:30 this morning. After feeding Felix, I banged out a quick draft for next week’s shoot.

Yesterday, Danny, Curt, and I scouted next week’s location, which will be Curt’s aunt’s house. (She’s a very lovely lady, and we’re grateful she’s opening her house to us.)

Her house will play as both Archie’s and Flint’s homes. After seeing some of the geography, we decided a quick rewrite was in order.

Originally, Don’s office (where he is editing the film) was going to play as Flint’s office, but we decided it didn’t match the kitchen we’d be using next week.

So, today is turning into a light day, with only Shooter’s apartment and some voice over to film.

We’ll see if it turns out tpo be as easy as it sounds.


Parks & Recreation

April 8, 2009

Turns out, shooting on state land isn’t as easy as we thought it was.

Next weekend, Curt had scheduled the remaining outdoors scenes– day exteriors at the beach and park. At the California film commission offices, we found a state beach and state park near each other that we liked.

But yesterday, just as Curt, Danny, and I were leaving to scout the location in person, Curt received a call from the guy in charge of filming at state beaches. He told us no one is allowed to film there on weekends.


We spent a little while calling the actors, to see if anyone could shoot on Friday or Monday. Monday was ruled out, and it’s going to rain Friday.

Curt found another park that might work, up in the hills, so we drove over there. It looked great, until we found out that it would cost over a thousand dollars to shoot for under four hours.

Luckily for us, Curt’s a resourceful guy. He’s making more calls, and thinks he’ll find something today or tomorrow, at least for the park scenes. The ending at the beach is still going to have to be shot another day.


The Happy Couple

April 2, 2009

First of all, Curt has written a new production schedule.  Which is good, since we start shooting Saturday.

Here’s some more pictures from Saturday’s test shoot.  These will be used as set decoration in Shooter’s apartment, to emphasize the sense of loss in his life (or something artsy like that).


Don't they make a cute couple?

Don't they make a cute couple?





Pretty, Pretty Pictures

March 27, 2009

More photos of our cast are the cast page.  Take a look.

In other news, Danny, Curt, storyboard artist Joey Schell, and I did some location scouting.  Curt knows a guy who knows a guy, and found a place that may serve as both the rooftop in the opening sequence, the parking garage (now a parking lot), and the warehouse from the flashback sequence.  Curt’s good at finding stuff like that.

We’re still considering a few options, because the roof is pretty plain.  Luckily, Joey has some ideas for sprucing up the look, if we don’t find an alternative.  More on that later.

Yesterday, Curt, Becca, Danny, and I had a big production meeting.  We worked out a rough schedule, talked about costumes, and debated the merits of black-and-white versus color.  Before that, Joey and I met to talk about storyboards.  I acted out several scenes, with park benches serving as cars, railings, and warehouses.  I probably looked ridiculous, but at least Joey now knows what my shotlist means.

Tomorrow, they will run a test shoot with our stars, Blaine and Christine, to see what costumes look best in which style.  They will also film the security camera footage of Angel killing Drost (hi, Shawn!), and take photos of Angel and Shooter for set dressing in Shooter’s apartment.

Unfortunately, I will be out of town, but I trust they’ll do a fantastic job without me.  Who needs a director, anyway?