Day Seven

July 17th, 2009 § 2 comments

Zach here. We got two scenes done yesterday.

The first involved our two favorite minors making out in the backseat of a car behind a building. It was a little uncomfortable for everyone. I knew that they didn’t want to have to do a lot of takes, and I didn’t want to have to make them. To make matters worse, we had gone to the location to rehearse last week and been given the boot by a totally malevolent hag. She told us that we couldn’t come back, and that she would be locking the gate to the parking lot. But not only did we return yesterday to find the gate to the parking lot wide open, but also the gate to some huge, noisy thing connected to the side of the building (like the one that Chris Farley pees on in Tommy Boy), meaning that I was able to shut down the cooling unit to the entire building in order to record cleaner audio. And when it came time to make out, we got exactly what we needed in only a couple of takes. As an added bonus, the dialogue scene that follows came out better than in any rehearsal. Nandan helped lighten the atmosphere significantly by accidentally swallowing a small bolt from the tripod. I’m not kidding, he literally swallowed part of the equipment. He tried to purge the thing, which only resulted in a lot of gross dry heaving.
Last night we shot a scene in which Mackinley and I run into Julia playing at a house show. I had been nervous about shooting it since I wrote it into the film an awful long time ago, just because I was never quite clear on how exactly it would play out, and because the idea of having to organize a convincing house show setting and work within that setting totally stresses me out. Anyway, I haven’t even seen the footage yet, but I’m pretty sure it was a success. Everyone brought their a-game. The location looked awesome and a healthy amount of extras showed up on unreasonably short notice to make the scene look legit while Julia and my old friend Alex Rivera played beautiful music. We still wrapped two hours late, naturally. Totally worth it.

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