[At this point, we were gearing up for our first shoot in Mid-May. I was scared as hell, as the last thing that I had directed was a short film called Frisk, that I made in the Fall of 2011. There was a lot to take care in the way of pre-production and I was feeling very rusty.]
Put in for an Equipment Request With ________
Finalize Cast/Crew List for 1st Shoot
Finalize Budget, see how it’s gonna work
Finalize SAG shit
File for Permits, officially
April 27th, 2013
Hard Times: Word Association
What does this show look like?
Q. What does this show [HARD TIMES] look like?
A. Interiors of the show and everything else gets darker as time goes on.
– A lot of soft light–as much as possible.
– In an ideal world, outdoors would always be overcast/diffuse
– Interiors are dark and shady. Furtive. Secretive.
– A lot of far side key action, a lot of shaping faces with light.
All dramatic scenes are very…very much like the look built by that scene in the one on D’s film.
A lot of highlights are present, where available, by practical lights and other small, natural-looking sources.
April 30, 2013
Move Permit Funds
________ Rehearsal Rooms/Read-Through Rooms
Respond to ________
Reach Out to Potential Sound Designers
Touch base with J_____, M_____
May 3, 2013
[Email Sent to Producers for First Shoot]
So we’re two weeks out, I hope y’all are ready for the nitty gritty!
We’re finally cast (whew!)
Biggest Priorities for This Coming Week:
Narrowing down food for everyone involved, and searching for props. Please check and see if you or anyone you can think of has any of the aforementioned props, so as to lower our production design budget.
Schedule for The Shoot:
Thursday, May 16th – equipment pick-up: ______, Handheld Films, Wits End, Wayne’s Place
Friday, May 17th – Shoot Day 1
Saturday – Shoot Day 2
Sunday – Shoot Day 3
Monday – Equipment Returns
We’ll have a minivan on set and a cube truck big enough to pick up all equipment.
The minivan will be used for transporting core crew and actors to set while the cube truck will be used for transporting equipment and expendables. We will probably need to see if anyone on the crew can also drive, as we’ll need a spare driver.
May 3, 2013
What These Characters Are Like:
Derek – Mid-Atlantic Neutral accent. Awkward.
Lark – A little snappy. Definitely a New Yorker. Flippant. Derisive.
Nia – New Yorker, but with a different accent. Sounds more like Mount Vernon/Brooklyn old-school.
Felix – Also snappy, but deadpan. Bronx Dominican. Went to school at a CUNY school. Professional. Very chill. Not down for ratchet shit and humorously wise beyond his years.
Wardrobe [Color Palette]
Black – Nefarious
Blue – Deathly, lacking life
Purple – Out of the Loop/Ineffectual
Orange – Danger/Looming Fury
Green – Pursuit of Forbidden Desire – think Vertigo
Red – Unbridled Fervor (whether projected or real)
Yellow – Innocence
May 6th, 2013
[E-Mail to Producers, Re: Lunch Orders for First Shoot]
Pretty sure Alyssa put in a word for Chipotle, last week, so we’re still waiting to hear back from them. We might not be able to get a deal from them, but otherwise, we should definitely plan to be able to find places food-wise that are in the (Prospect Heights) area, where we’ll be shooting.
No pizza or Chinese food, but everything else is cool, so let’s do some comparative pricing and see what we can arrange. We’ll need:
A gluten free option, a vegetarian option
1 Breakfast/Snack Situation (for when people 1st arrive)
1 Lunch (after 6 hrs in)
1 Possible Dinner (in case we go over 12 hrs)
Craft Services (a bunch of snacks and shit, over the course of the shoot for folks on hand.)
I’m still working out what the budget will be, but going off of the # of people per day, I’d like to start getting some quotes in so we can figure out what we can afford.
May 7, 2013
A bit of Scene 1, Sketched out
Opening shot–we track back across the trees, hearing grunting as Nia trots down the stairs, crosses, and finishes off, edging toward frame, doing jumping jacks as Derek crosses into frame, looking on, behind.
She ends in the foreground; he in the background. She turns to face him, we establish looks.
The dolly takes us to a two shot before Nia delivers her line.
Nia gets down to exercise in a single.
Derek watches her, wondering and amused.
Dirty OTS shots of her working out.
Low angle CU on Nia’s face – quarter turn.
I like the idea of camera pulling around her, then of us our angle of him in the background, when she gets annoyed. Like; we end there, for that beat.
Then, reverse close-ups.
May 7, 2013
Check Fund Balance
Share Schedule w/ Producers and ________
Plan BTS [Behind the scenes] shoots
Does he still need an A.C. for the 16th?
Someone who can make food runs while on set