So on Sunday, shooting for Meet Dave finally wrapped up. It was a long days work but at the end, the feeling of finishing a movie was great! One funny moment we all had was when getting audio for an in car dialogue between Alex and the narrator. The scene required the boom operator, which is me, to get in the back seat to get the audio, but with the adjustment of Alex’s car, I wasn’t able to fit in. Cervando made a funny comment about me just being a “big guy.” With me not fitting in, Cervando fit in perfectly in the backseat and got the audio. It was a funny little moment.
On Saturday I got to do boom operating work Director Guillermo as he directed a short film titled Meet Dave. It was a long day of shooting but we all had fun! It was a experience shooting the car scenes we shot and boom operating for that. It was a fun, busy and productive weekend.
Thanksgiving is over, and you know what that means. That’s right, it’s almost religious winter festivity time.
Holiday movies are a popular genre for kids and adults alike, so for my screenwriting class last year, I wrote a screenplay for a short film that parodies holiday movies as well as other films, such as Love Actually and Say Anything.
Scanning old 35mm negatives and a couple of memories showed up in celluloid. Two visits to the same beach on different days with different women. The image above is the two brought together. I left the scratches in the film because in my opinion, it worked better with them than without. The photos are from long ago, before some of the people in the office at 4381 were even around.
Looking back at the negatives, I noticed that the images I shot with one were completely different than I shot with the other. Different all the way down to the film stock I chose to use.
It was not a conscious decision on my part at the time. I was merely responding subconsciously to the feeling or mood of the situation. With one it was color, high speed, grainy and harsh. With the other, it was black and white, fine grain or sometimes halo inducing infrared.
As filmmakers, this decision should be a very conscious one. I was in L.A. for a few weeks with no idea of the story I was telling. I was simply there responding to the situations unfolding and my images reflect that. The script hadn’t been written, the budget hadn’t been set and the female leads hated each other.
This post is rambling, the point I set out to make has been lost on the way. I will however try to summarize it as if everything made sense along the way.
Know your story.
Discover the best ways to tell it.
Know your audience.
Have a plan for everything and a map to follow.
Remember to dream a little and push yourself to always create something you can be proud of, that tests and sharpens your skills.
So over the weekend, everyone was pretty busy shooting stuff. Later in the day I was going to be working on another short film but hours before that, I got to spend some time and act a little bit on a short film that Lisa and Ruben are working on. My job, along with a few other people was to just sit and laugh, which after a few minutes got very hard to do. At the end of the day, it all worked out and everyone had a good laugh.
On Friday and Saturday evening, I helped work on Alyssa and Gabe’s project with the architecture students, titled “An Uninvited Guest.” I was specifically hired to set up the lighting for the scenes they were filming. There were more people on set than I expected. In addition to the hired crew, there were four or five architecture students there, as well as a couple of other people. We even got to meet Gabe’s father, aka William.
After setting up the lighting for the bathroom scene, I backed out of there for a few reasons. One, it was too crowded. Two, I didn’t want to be in the shot. And three, I wanted the architecture students to be able to see what was going on.
The scenes in the bathroom made up the bulk of the time on Friday, so when we regrouped on Saturday, it was time to get down to business.
On the second day of shooting, I was a body double for two scenes. Since I was a body double for two scenes, I am demanding payment for doing so. If I do not receive a portion of the allocated actor’s budget, I plan on filing a Valenti Lawsuit™ in order to be compensated. Please expect a Valenti Subpoena in the mail if you were there on the second night of filming. The above picture is from my point of view during one of the scenes, right before Alyssa called the slate. I had to stand outside for like half an hour working a light while everyone was inside filming, and I never was told when I could come back in. Maybe I was The Uninvited Guest after all.
This is not a film post. The world lost an incredible talent with the passing of Roy Clark. Many of the people in the office at 4381 are too young to know him. Also, he is not of their generation or preferred musical genre. Still, listen to him play.
And here again an older Roy playing the same song but on a twelve string,
So yesterday evening myself and my classmates from Digi Cin got together to start working on our film project with the architecture students. It was a fun evening of making a movie! It was fun boom operating for this project!