Today I scouted an exterior location. The owners of the property are willing to work with us; they may even have wolves we can film. They are lovely, wonderful people.
I am afraid, however, that my Director and Cinematographer will say the shots are not cinematic enough. It certainly is not as spectacular as the private property onto which we trespassed when we scouted exteriors, not by a long shot. The owners of that private property onto which we trespassed wanted us to have insurance before they would let us shoot. Yikes, that would have been 25% of my whole budget.
I am thinking we should “steal” the property we really like. It’s a remote parcel of several hundred acres. If we get kicked off, no big deal. However, since it is five miles up a rutted logging trail, if we get accidentally locked in while we are shooting, that would be a big deal. We might starve to death before they come with the logging trucks and open the gate again. Well, not starve, just be uncomfortable. I guess we could try to crash my car through the gate, and film that effort for The Making Of.
Today we began putting up a website as part of marketing campaign. But I can’t put up any production shots because no one took stills. Yikes. I would capture some frame grabs, but I know they won’t be as good as production stills.
Today…what else? The makeup guy somehow did not realize that this is a comedy. He only does horror films–gore and scars and chopped up guts; so he can’t do our project. Hee, hee, that cracks me up. I will call dear Shawn, who can do any makeup.
What else, today? Good stuff: I am meeting with a potential production designer, sound designer and super PA tomorrow. Rik’s colleague in Green Theatre is willing to help as Production Designer; though probably she will back out after she hears how many overnight shoots we have.
Today I talked the BBC stock footage people into dropping their price…I am happy.
Today my director called me on the phone! Yay! He is out of an editing marathon that has gone for months. Nice to hear his voice.