If it could go wrong and get in the way of shooting, it went wrong and got in the way of shooting. Today was one of those days.
We were supposed to shoot a bunch of night exteriors: it poured for hours.
We moved inside, it stopped raining, a fireworks barrage went off two houses down from us preventing us from being able to get any usable sound.
We moved back outside, a band started to play for the party that the fireworks came from.
We had audio equipment malfunctions.
It was the first day that we had to completely throw out a schedule, due to weather, and it took us a really long time to regroup and get the first shot up. We were then discombobulated for most of the night trying to figure out what to do. It was a classic jumble fu*k of a night. The pressure was on because we needed to make pages and have some sort of a day, otherwise we would be behind a full day. And with the prospect of more crap weather it’s not something that we can afford. Literally.
In the end, we got some quality work in the can and knocked off a bunch of small scenes and pick ups. I don’t know if we got enough covered to prevent us for going over schedule. We’ll see what we can make up over the first few days of next week. We’ll need to hit the ground running after our day off.
In brighter news, our third producer, Erin Craig, was finally able to get out of the office and up to Rochester. She was only on set for a few hours, but it was great to have her there. She’s been stuck in the office slaving over union paperwork and payroll while we have been on location enjoying the adrenaline rush that is production.
We did eventually get outside. We covered Becker in his car making some phone calls. Again, a night set up requiring a move about 150 yards away from our base camp staging area. We we’re under the gun, time wise, hustling to make the day without going over time, which would have affected our monday call.
Once G&E got set up the pressure was on Jon to bring home the performance in about 12 minutes. Thats really fast under any conditions. Consider that he had to switch gears from directing to acting, shave, and get into costume within 40 minutes and it’s all the more impressive. The scene is also set up to be done in one shot, so we did not have the luxury to jump in and out of the scene working specific moments. We had to get it in one shot. No small task given that we were stealing the shot just off of a main road with some heavy traffic.
Michael and his team did a fantastic job getting picture up as quickly as possible. It turned out to be one of my favorite shots of the movie so far. It’s got a very gritty feel. There’s a lot of atmosphere in the shot. I think it will be a great way to introduce Becker.