An early start today with a 6:00am call time. We were back in the West Village this morning for an office location on Carmine Street. I felt somewhat fresh from my day off and was ready to tackle this final week of production. As I mentioned yesterday, there were two new actors on set today, so I was excited to welcome the fresh blood.
Our set was a lean and mean today. The crew moved swiftly into the location up two and three flights of stairs. Zak and Luis lit the space with remarkable economy and relied mainly on available light. Marie also had a great bit of help from our location as it was already dressed to perfection for our character. Just some strategic placement of books and objects and the scene was set.
This first scene up had me working with Fred Melamed, one of my new favorite people in the world. Fred plays "Jimmy Basmati", the agent/producer of the late "Harold Blumenthal". In addition to being a terrific guy, Fred is a superb actor and talent. In fact, I found him so distractingly good that I often forgot I was acting with him and just sat there enjoying his performance. Once I got around to actually saying lines to him, I just kept laughing because he is so goddamn funny. He nailed the scene from start to finish and we wrapped the first location just in time for lunch and a company move to my own stomping ground, Dumbo (Brooklyn).
The second half of the day also brought some fresh legs to the project. It was our first day to shoot our young leading lady, Mei Melancon. She and Mark Blum patiently worked through their scene with intermittent holds for the sound of trains on the Manhattan Bridge. Anyone who knows Dumbo knows that it's loud as hell, and today was no different. We managed to get everything we needed and it was very exciting to watch this new major character on our monitor.
After the two handed scene, we quickly shot multiple angles and lenses of two phone conversations of Mai's character, Christina. She was a real pro and delivered strong takes from beginning to end.
We finished the day around 7:00pm and I went up to my apartment (literally upstairs) and hung out with Sarah while she finished logging the footage for the day. Halfway through dinner (my first meal today) I wanted to fall asleep in my pasta bowl. I thought I caught up on rest yesterday. Guess not.
As with any day, there were a few snags and some disappointments. As we finished the day, we found out that we lost our last location for the movie. We had already painted the location and pre-set some large props. Everything was set to go until, you guessed it, a co-op board interfered. Yippee. I hate New York. Kinda.
I am learning that there are always logistical issues of some sort and money issues of some sort. But things will work themselves out. I hope so. That sort of have to.
More movie fun tomorrow. G'night.