Day 3 of the production team working on a new script called Sensibilities. Since our last script, our team has really grown and gotten to familiarize themselves in their rolls on set. T- minus 2 days left until this show is over!
Most people don’t realize what happens on set, the countless amount of retakes, the sweat from bright lights or even the achey arms from holding the boom for hours. Its hard work. Theres frustration from everyone, directors, actors, sound operator and etc., though were all here to finish hard and strong together. Hang in there, just a couple of days left.
(Left to Right) Crayton Gerst as Slate and Bryant Costa as Boom Operator on set of Sensibilities.
I could say today was a successful day. With less than 4 days to finish up Montague Street and Sensibilities (keeping in mind we just started filming Sensibilities today), everything has been smooth. Hoping and praying that everything goes well, our crew has put in endless hours and currently are split into two groups to make this magic happen.
On the other hand, our page for Montague Street is live. As we are still updating the page, it will give you a sneak peak of the cast, crew and some overview of the storyline. Check it out here: http://4381productions.com/montague-street/
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Elissa Cuellar as Lyric and Dean Coutris as Aspect on the set of Montague Street.
One week of production is in the can. Some ups, some downs, a couple of sideways. Monday is a holiday and Tuesday we are right back at it. Only thing, we start shooting Sensibilities on Tuesday and have a crew shooting the remainder of Montague Street. It’s going to be a busy week.
So, for those keeping score at home, we have shot scenes: 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20a, 20b, 20c, 23, 27, most of 28. That leaves 1, 2, 3, 8, 12, 13, 21, 22, 24, 25, 26, that part of 28, 29, 30 and 31. Now, the good news in that is 5, 6, 7, 9, 10, 11, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 20a, 20b, 20c, 23, 27, and most of 28 are in the can and what is in the can is solid. We have a convenience store location on Tuesday and a Parking Garage as well. Sensibilities will be shooting in a driveway nearby.
Making one film at a time is fun, but to borrow from Ernie Banks, “It’s a beautiful day — let’s make two.”
Let’s be real, not everyday is a perfect day on set. Film production and everything behind the scenes needs to be in order before the cameras can start rolling. Sometimes a shoot needs to be shut down because things can be better and that is just the cold hard reality of days on set. The work you put in is the same work you will get out. We have a persistent, strong and hard working film production crew this semester. With positivity and focus, our wonderful crew will accomplish a great set.
So tomorrow is a new day. It can be like Shakespeare wrote in Macbeth:
To-morrow, and to-morrow, and to-morrow,
Creeps in this petty pace from day to day,
To the last syllable of recorded time;
And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
Life’s but a walking shadow, a poor player,
That struts and frets his hour upon the stage,
And then is heard no more. It is a tale
Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
or it can matter and mean something. The choice is ours to make. Create and matter or sit still and stagnate.
As Townes Van Zandt wrote in the song To Live is to Fly:
Days, up and down they come
Like rain on a congadrum
Forget most, remember some
But don’t turn none away.
Everything is not enough
And nothin’ is too much to bear.
Where you been is good and gone
All you keep is the getting there.
As the past couple of days have been hectic with casting and set design, we are proud to say that our hallway for Montague Street is underway. It’s amazing to see how much talent is being brought together and the excitement as we come even closer to filming day!
Well, some nuts and bolts of pre-production are being finalized and a brand new batch of filmmakers are onboard to produce two shorts in the next three weeks. The level of experience goes from none to some to some more than that. We have an ambitious amount of work to finish, but confidence is high in the offices of 4381 and were are moving along with Montague Street and Sensibilities.
Yesterday was a fun and emotional night at the School of Theater, I got to film a play with 4381 productions about a woman going through her past and coming to terms with her age and the passing of her mother.
I wasn’t expecting to be working with Brett Cullen, although I believe it was mentioned a month ago but in my surprise I ended up learning a lot about myself as a camera operator and I felt a connection to this play. It’s no secret that I have been dealing with a lot since last year with hurricane Harvey destroy my family home and my brother passing a few months later, so filming this play gave me a since my own emotions and helped me move on (if not for just a little bit).
“I’m too sensitive!”, I use to think but after last night with being able to handle my emotions and not panic when the camera shut off on me twice because of the memory card and battery dying, they’re was a growth in confidence in me that night.
So I want to thank everyone I’ve worked with in 4381 productions because if it wasn’t for them, I’d never had made this step to my career and honestly better outlook on life. I hope I get to work with all of you again and I promise I will use this new inspiration to aim higher as well as be fearless.