"Fire up the heater!"
Never have four words been more welcome. Sitting here on the other side of hell frozen over, part of me wonders if everyone's laser-focus, and ability to wrap shooting early both Saturday and Sunday was part preparation and planning, and part "oh-my-god-I-can't-feel-my-hands."
Whatever the motivation, Mark Boyd and Esther Tuttle gave fantastic performances in their lead roles Friday and Saturday, with Saturday's shoot consisting entirely of a single location, and dialogue. Which, turned out to be a blessing in disguise. The ability to run the 115,000 btu kerosene heater in an single enclosed space nearly allowed cast and crew to forget that the hallway was 60 degrees colder.
Things I learned this weekend:
- Two liters of coke turn into Slurpees when stored in the giant ice-box that was everywhere the heater wasn't.
- Long thermal socks save lives.
- Rubber tubed dolly track becomes infinitely less useful in Antarctic-like climates.
- V-Flats and Natural light make Zeiss glass shine. Beautiful images.
- Light-meters make everything in post easier.
- Shooting with two BMCC's made the dialogue scenes, and getting coverage for each infinitely easier. I'd bet my life this was a large reason why we were way ahead of schedule.
Currently we're a week out from wrapping principal photography and in the throws of rough cut. I haven't had too much time to play with the color of the footage, but the brief grade-tests have proven impressive. I'll provide a series of blog posts about the editing and color-grading to provide a look into my workflow and thought process. But, enough with that here's a gaggle of behind the scenes stills shot by our Director of Photography Aaron McGrane. Be on the look out for more Sideshow news soon.