Wednesday, February 20, 2008

Shake, rattle and roll... and wake up

You know what's awesome? They started resurfacing the street out in front of the place I'm staying this morning at 7am. The monster machine that tears up the road actually shakes the whole building like an earth quake.

Last night we shot the kitchen scene. It looks fantastic. Cranes and dollies make camera motion so cool. And the lighting was sublime. Getting the lights of the city through these giant loft window is such a score.

The sun didn't come out yesterday (and evidently will be gone for the rest of the week), so we couldn't get the tights from the couch scene like we were planning. We were going to do the walk-in scene as well, but there's just no way to match light from the earlier sunny day footage. So we shot some stuff that won't get used, and waited for the sun to go down.

The energy was pretty dreary to begin the day. Every one was dead-tired (most of us didn't get more than 5 hours of sleep the night before). That mixed with the fact that Mo and I were the only members of the camera crew present made for low energy and slow going.

But once the dark rolled in, Shive and McClintock showed up, and made moving things around a much more manageable task. Jon (DP) was on a long overdue Valentine's date with his wife, so I was running second camera. Man, I love shooting.

Everything was looking stellar. I can't wait to see all this footage laid together.

The buses are still maddeningly loud. They only run on the hour starting at midnight. We gave thought to shooting from 1 am to 5am, but I think that would kill cast and crew, so we're just going to have to make due. The killer is that from around 5pm to midnight they seem to run by the building every ten or fifteen minutes. Not only that, but firetrucks (sirens and lights a blazin') visited the building across the street THREE TIMES yesterday. And they were at the building on the other side of us when we went out to our cars around 2am. Weird.

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