When you shoot on the micro level, you really have to rely on the kindness of others. You have to convince cast and crew that its a good idea to get involved in a project that might be deferred pay because the project is worth it or that that they will get some degree of publicity by making the film. And you have to rely on folks opening up their homes to a film crew of 12 people in addition to cast for 12 – 18 hours.
3 References producer Lauren Shelton
This weekend, we invaded the home of longtime Twitchy fan Anne-Marie Messineo and he awesome dog George. He quickly became a hit with the entire cast and crew. We can’t thank her enough for being so cool with letting us use her living room, bedroom, kitchen and yes. Shower. A 13 hour day is a long time to put up with folks tracking in and out of the house with gear and such. The scenes were dynamic in nature and tone. On the one hand, we had some hilarious moments as a pizza delivery guy (Benjamin Jabe) is convinced he’s about to end up in a scene from a penthouse flick. On the other, we have a tender scene in which Michelle (Harper Graham) must ask would be suitor Nick (Christian Swacker) some unanswerable questions.
Harper Graham & George
On Sunday, we moved to what has to be one of the coolest locations in Austin to create a hip looking law firm. The non profit Comfort The Children: International (http://www.ctcinternational.org/) opened their doors and let us peek into their super awesome office setup. We used the office to shoot the scenes that reveal some of the pathos in Michelle’s insecurity with men, mostly driven by her overprotective father (Billy Kring).
Harper Graham & Billy Kring
Monday began shooting a scene in a dungeon designed for erotic torture and finished at local Austin actor Allison Wood’s place overlooking downtown Austin. The cast and crew braved a location that hit 100 degrees on the thermometer but they got the shots with the usual focus, drive and sense of humor that has marked our shoots.
Lacey Hernandez, Sasha Aimee and Christian Swacker
So, at the halfway point, the shoot is going well. We’ve been on schedule the entire time and the actors are really making great choices with the material. Its the best part of being a writer/director – seeing the words come to life through an actor’s interpretation. And this cast has done that in spades.
Sound recordist Sacha Ryder