…and we got it!
Whew! I thought I’d post at some point while filming, but I just couldn’t find the energy. What a week it’s been! Exhausting, exhilarating, at times a little bit nerve-wracking, and incredibly productive. We’ve got almost everything we need shot, and the few shots we still have to pick up later in September are ones that are much less demanding in terms of limited resources (we had exactly three days to get the indoor house scenes, for example, before the set had to come down so the house could be prepared to be rented out, etc.) What we did get looks amazing. If it all cuts together nicely and I don’t screw up the post-production (of course, there’s a ton of that with all the CG to add) this movie is going to look like a million bucks.
The cast and crew were awesome. It’s a real credit to everybody’s skill and professionalism that we got everything shot in time. Like with any film shoot, there were a lot of constraints on when, where, and how long we could shoot, and we came in just under the wire every time. We got lucky again and again with locations and permissions, so we were able to shoot everywhere I’d originally wanted to shoot (sure, we stretched an hour shooting permit in a park to four hours worth of shooting, but who’s counting…) We’ve shot older folks, younger folks (a total of five different kids ranging from age 4 to age 12 have parts in the movie) dogs, and a fly. And everybody survived except the fly. Most impressive of all, everybody had fun, including the crew, and pretty much the whole, grueling time. Which of course is also a big credit to everybody on the set.
Rob got on his plane back to Seattle this morning (I hope so anyway. He was running late for the Narita Express last time I saw him). I just woke up from a long-awaited afternoon nap. Life is getting back to normal. Soon I’ll get a terabyte worth of footage from Ivan and start working on a preliminary edit, before I spend the next six months to a year Blendering the thing into completion. Can’t wait to see what I’ve got to work with!
Here are a few production shots Rob took: