Had an awful time getting up this morning of our final day of Principal Photography. I was convinced my alarm clock wasn't meant for me. I rallied and was ready to roll in no time.
The day started slow. We waited for our truck to arrive. Then waited for our gear to be set up. Then we waited for Makeup and Wardrobe. Then we waited for transportation from Base Camp to set. Then we waited for the traffic to slow down. Then we waited for a cloud to cover the harsh sun.
We were behind at lunch, having not finished our morning shooting goals. Not to worry. With such a light afternoon scheduled, we squeezed in the two remaining shots from this morning's scene and moved on with a spring in our step. By now, I've learned that this crew may be slow to wind up in the AM, but when we are getting close to the bell at the end of the day, everyone cranks it out double time, and with no loss of quality. I can live with that.
After a lunch with my leading lady, we had only a few scenes left to "steal" throughout the city. We quickly nabbed two shots of a character exiting a building on Bond Street and then we stripped down the crew and gear, and squeezed into the 15 passenger van and headed to midtown. We had only a couple single sides of a phone conversations to shoot, so the setup was pretty easy. Some would think getting usable audio is an impossibility in Midtown, but it's not too bad. The noises are so constant that it's fairly easy to get a decent mix (Allison our sound recordist might disagree).
When we did our final shot for Principle Photography, we unfortunately didn't have a our full crew with us. We had wanted to travel uptown so lightly that we left a few major players back at the Base camp in the East Village. Nevertheless, we had to grab a crew photo of all who were there. The question was asked, "Who has a camera?" Of course Zak would raise his hand and point to his Red One camera. Sure it may be overkill, but it certainly would do the trick. Check out our moving crew picture!
*Note - There are about five people not in the shot, from Producers to PAs, all integral parts of this long and crazy process.
It's hard to wrap my head around the fact that I am writing a blog entry for the 18th day of this shoot. 18 has been the golden number for so long and it is truly a milestone for me. It feels just like yesterday that I was writing about the awful heat and circumstances in our first location in the West Village. I remember thinking how far away "18" seemed. Sure enough, one shot at a time, one scene at a time, and one day at a time...we got there.