These are the boards that we used to help keep track of what angles needed to be filmed while we were filming each scene. The drawings seem simple, but they contain just enough information for me to remember what the various camera angles are that I need to tell the story.
For scene 91 – we rehearsed the scene, then we headded down to the intersection of Van Ness and Grove St.
There were just five of us, two actors and three crew, and we were able to get four camera setups in less than an hour. The footage looks pretty good and the performances come through, even with all of the traffic noise.
Today we had a long and grueling day as we filmed the final scenes of the film. It was day 13 of 22, and I had a bit of trouble getting into the spirit of the scenes.
The actors helped me rally and we pulled off a tremendous day – with great performances and one hour, thirteen minutes forty-two seconds and eighteen frames of footage. When it’s edited, the final scenes should end up being about three minutes. That’s a lot of coverage.
On Thursday 5/9 we were fortunate enough to film at the Lookout in San Francisco. The bar was open to the public, and a bunch of great friends came out to fill in the crowd.
Our production was so small, most patrons probably didn’t even realize we were filming. We didn’t add any lights – we didn’t have any equipment in the bar except the camera. The scenes are meant to feel like a real night out in San Francisco, and we were able to capture that feeling with some great scenes in the bar, and on Market Street outside.
Overall it was a great night of filming, and a great night out.
When we found ourselves down a diner location at the last minute, the St. Francis fountain was gracious enough to let us film in the Candy Kitchen.
The space used to be where the candy was made, but now it’s an extra dining room that mostly seems to be used on weekends. So, we had the whole space to ourselves to film scene 106.
We took over a small office in SF on Saturday 5/4 to film 9 scenes and whopping 14 setups.
It was a long day but we got a lot of great little scenes.
Eric and Eve and Tim stopped by to play some office workers in the elevator, and Tim got to play the part of the elevator doors. Eric took a bunch of great pic while he was there – thanks honey.
What a great way to round out our first week.
It has been pretty amazing going around the city to so many locations. Everyone has been so nice and helpful – we’ve been having a great time – well, except when we have our little freakouts about the enomity of the task.
We are 1/4 of the way through and I couldn’t be happier with the scenes that we’ve filmed so far.
All of the actors have been amazing, too. Especially Charlie Ballard, who has been with us every day and is on the schedule for every remeining day of production. Charlie, we could not be making the film without you, and I am so excited to be able to work with you for another three weeks!
Gia at Peninsula Beauty was kind enough to stay after work and let us film a pretty funny scene. Thank you Gia!
Our production footprint is so small that we were able to setup and film the entire scene – a page-and-a-half of dialogue and 5 angles – in less than an hour.