There has been a few more days of shooting since the last time I posted here. The days went well. We shot some pretty intense stuff, that again, made me very tense when behind the camera. There was a huge delay that lasted a little over a week. It was completely out of my control, and because of it there has been a few other repercussions. The initial delay set the production up to nearly lose a location, and narrow down one of the actors schedule. Thankfully the location was not lost, but my friend who’s letting us shoot there is moving out this Saturday. So instead of a properly furnished house, we’ll be shooting with one couch and maybe some boxes. I think that can make for an interesting environment, but I do admit I was a bit attached to the place for it’s lived in quality. Enzo, the actor who’s schedule has been narrowed down, has been an awesome sport about everything. On multiple occasions I had to tell him that his schedule needed to be changed/postponed. He had cancelled classes and cleared his schedule for the film, only to be told that our lead left the state. Thankfully things were eventually worked out and now we’ll be shooting his scene today. Tomorrow we’ll be shooting as well, and after that there should only be one more day left.
If there are no more delays, the production will figure out to an 8 day shoot. Which is 2 days under the original schedule. I guess I’d be pleased with that if it didn’t take 2 months to shoot 8 days. I’ve learned the value of punctuality in the past, but this time it was really driven into me. I can’t wait til my productions have a cast and crew that give a fuck. For the longest time I’ve suspected that I was the only one who really gave a shit about this film, or even knew what it was about. Every day of production pretty much confirms this. I don’t expect anyone to be all psyched, or anticipate this film as an opportunity of a lifetime– I mean who am I? I’m just some guy making this film for nothing, paying them nothing. I thought I was thorough enough in deciding whether or not everyone on board was truly, honestly, on board. It really bothers me, but I don’t let it get in the way of production; I manage to mostly forget about it when I’m working.
The film stands at about 11 minutes right now, and I expect the final cut to be somewhere between 12 and 16 minutes. The film has been shot out of order in such a way that has only allowed me to watch about 2 minutes of it continuously. The individual scenes work on their own, so I have my fingers crossed that they work together as a whole.
I still haven’t done any rotoscoping for Sean’s digital corpse makeup. I’m gonna try having that done before I’m done shooting. We’ll see.
Been neglecting the blog, so I totally forgot to throw this teaser up. Check it out, first of a few.. or a couple… first of more than one.
RADIOACTIVE – TEASER from Stephen_Scott_Day on Vimeo.
One last thing- In case you’ve never heard of the filmmaker Mdotstrange, you should check him out now. He’s been making animated feature films pretty much all by himself, and he’s been making films in general for a while now. He runs a show with filmmaker Jimmy Screamerclauz called Forever Alone Filmmaking. It’s a podcast about independent film production, specifically with micro/no budget or just one man show type productions. I was fortunate enough to get onto the show to talk to them about the art and tech of films, a bit about my changes in life as a filmmaker and a bit about RADIOACTIVE.
Listen to the podcast HERE.