Good Weather

March 31st, 2011 § 0 comments

Nandan here.

We’ve got a weak of filming left. Every day for the next 7 days is full with scenes we need to shoot. Brad flies on the 5th. On the 8th our lease is up and we leave our apartment, preferably as we found it, sin wallpaper. Gabi on the Roof in July (you know this by now, if you don’t go see it. Sophia produced and stars in it) is playing on the 7th in BAFICI. You should go if you’re here. On the 9th Sophia flies.

This is a scene that was schedule to be shot yesterday. It’s the first scene in a tri-fecta of what might be called the climax of the movie, and also the first scene we were scheduled to shoot. We began at 2pm and knew that we had to leave the house at 5:45. At 5pm the scene was not working, and Zach deduced that the problem was in the whole trifecta and that it needed to be re-worked. We rescheduled for tomorrow afternoon, because on Saturday we need to shoot the second trifect with an outsider actor (Roger, you might’ve heard of him).

It helps me personally a lot to have a rhythm, to feel a pacing that is quick enough to allow one to spend most of one’s time and energy thinking about the project, but slow enough to allow that time and energy to feel controlled. It’s a tall order, especially when making films that rely on a lot of external factors. Zach knows how to write a film that, relatively, relies very little on external factors. But inherently there are still quite a few. Other characters/people we need to work with, locations, weather, time. The last two suck. But to be fair, the weather’s been really gentle with us here. Extremely gentle actually. I remember being nervous when zach first pitched me the timeline for making this film. I was afraid that two months to prepare and shoot wouldn’t be enough.

I was in the shower this morning when I heard a knock on the door, followed by an extremely muffled voice. For some reason I thought the voice said “it’s okay”. I didn’t think this made sense. Then the knock came again followed by “open up, I’m puking”.

There was a string of pink liquid coming from zach’s mouth to his hand when I opened the door. I asked him how bad it was. He said he woke up three hours ago feeling feverish. He’s back in bed now.

In an hour and a half we have to leave to go shoot a scene at a skate park with some kids that we’ve had a small amount of trouble nailing down to a day to shoot, it’s been pushed back at least twice now. The scene as written involves Zach eating Empanadas and skating.

Up to now things have been really paced and have made me feel really good. Things are getting crossed off the list steadily, and as far as I can tell, I’m pretty sure I like what we’ve been getting. When I was nervous about the time frame I never imagined how many amazing people would come out of nowhere to help us make this project happen. A really really dumb amount of people have been incredible to us and this project. Ximena and Ezequial, who you might remember from the previous post, just finished 3 days of shooting with us in the city, to which they drove hundreds of miles just to help us and be in the film. And they slayed it. I don’t know why they did it, or why they’re so good, but they did.

Here’s some stills of their scenes:

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