Random Notes From A Run-N-Gun Shoot Diary

The 3rd day of shooting went well. We actually had a grip working on set--what a concept.


The owner of the space, about whom we were all worried, ended up being fine with us shooting there all night.

The bizarre thing was—this scene was shot in an Internet gaming club.  The patrons paid absolutely no attention to us. They were so wrapped up in their fantasy worlds of Internet games that not a single one of them even looked at what we were doing in the middle of the club for six hours--huge lights and camera gear and dollies and naked actresses and food and makeup artists. It was quite strange. Okay, filmmaking is only another sort of fantasy, but still...no interest at all? I swear. We were worried about how to close the set when we had the nude scene and we figured out a complicated screen to put up; but, in the end, the patrons—young men in their late teens and early twenties—paid no attention to the naked actress, either.

We are now 4 scenes behind as we go into next week's shooting.

  • We were kicked out of two locations we tried to steal for Scene 14
  • The set designers disappeared off the face of the earth for Scene 5
  • We were denied the location for Scenes 1 and 7 and cannot attempt to steal it.


The dog-actor playing a wolf and the DP playing a DP have tight schedules. I'm trying to figure out how to get everything shot in our allotted time without having to do pickups, without locations, and keeping in mind people's availability.

The 4th day of shooting was short.  I got sick on set, but was able to go back to my day job on Thursday. However, I was so feverish that I had to leave early, earning me the wrath of my bosses, whose only life is producing television commercials, not art.

Friday I could not get out of bed at all, earning me more wrath from my day job and a bunch of disappointment from the film team. I emailed my director, co-writer and AD, asking for one of them to take over some of the paperwork for scheduling Monday's shoot. I got back no answer at all from one of them, a snot-mail from another, and my co-writer graciously picked up some the set dressing.  This pisses me off no end. It's not my damn project; it's all of our project. Why do I end up being solely responsible for all the producer work? I have not had any time to do actor prep, yet my co-writer, who does very little producer work, spends her time prepping her character.

I'm not EVER doing this again.


{Ed note: yeah, sure.}

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