Archive for the ‘Previsualization’ Category


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?


Shot List Complete!

March 17, 2009

The first complete shot list is available now.  Of course, it will change once we have locations, and will change again when we shoot, but for now, I can pretend I have the whole movie mapped out.


Listing Shots, Continued

March 2, 2009

I’ve added more to the shotlist page.  As you can see, I’m more than halfway done.

I once had a cinematography professor tell me that I should figure out how I would light a scene if I only had one light, and how I would cover a scene if I could only get one shot.

Of course, he wasn’t advocating that I remake Rope every day on set.  It’s just a different way of looking at your scene.  A mental exercise that helps you focus on what you really need.

It also helps avoid the standard shooting style of wide shot, two shot, close up, close up.  In the rush of production, that’s the standard we all default to.  These shotlists (and eventual storyboards), will help me conceive of me other, hopefully more interesting ways to shoot, when I have the time and energy to do so.


Listing Shots

February 24, 2009

I haven’t posted in a while, but that’s not because I haven’t been thinking about the film.  I’ve just been working long, long hours on Rock Dinner.

I started working on a shot list, which you can read here.  (So far, I’ve only gotten through the first act.)  A shot list is an outline of every shot I need for the film to work.  It also helps the producers/ADs in scheduling their days.

A shot list is kind of abstract, though, so a friend of mine is working on storyboards.  Those will help the actors, art department, DP, and everyone else understand what, exactly, the film will look like.