Passing Harold Blumenthal is officially wrapped! We just finished two days of final shooting with a stripped down crew bringing the total amount of shoot days to 23.
Day 22 was the re-shoot of two scenes that frankly, didn't look as slick as the rest of the film. I decided very quickly after principal photography that we should re-shoot the steadicam stuff on Scene 17 and potentially pickup some fresh stuff on Scene 19. However, I also seized the opportunity to switch the locations of both scenes so that we learned a little more about the characters.
We shot up and down Park Avenue and Lexington in the West 52-55 streets. As usual, filming in New York was both a pleasure and a pain in the butt. It's all good and well to have real New Yorkers in the background of your shot, but when they ruin your 1 minute take by smiling at the camera, you just want to break something. The usual sound hurdles were also there: drills, garbage trucks, honking horns, and more honking horns. Add to that two hours of rain and you've got yourself a stressful day.
The day should have been super easy, but it wasn't. Our steadicam operator started to fade early. I guess he had just come off a strenuous job that made it harder to do his job for me. He ultimately delivered and we got some awesome stuff for Scene 17 as well as some sexy footage for a title sequence. We'll see how it all comes together in the edit.
Day 23 was unlike any other day on our shoot. There was absolutely no crew. We rented a small theatre in the East Village and borrowed to standard definition Panasonic DVX 100 cameras and some wireless microphones. We filmed a "B Roll" style scene from one of our title character's fictional plays. My buddy, Jeff Barry (jeffbarryfilms.wordpress.com) came out and helped us with pretty much every technical aspect of the day. Jeff is an actor/filmmaker who just finished shooting his own first feature last month. Two other actor friends helped us out as performers and we were in and out of there within two hours. I would have called it the easiest day of shooting if when riding back to Bushwick, the car hadn't run out of gas. Seriously. On the Williamsburg bridge no less!
So that's it. Our Picture Wrap on PHB was a remarkably anticlimactic affair. I was tired and eager to get the footage transferred and edited into the film. Now it's a grind to get the film somewhat presentable for our first festival submission. Go go go.