It's late and it's Thanksgiving, but before the Tryptophan overtakes me and knocks me out for the night, there are a few people I have to whom I have to deliver a large thanks. First up, my actors. Sam, Hope, and Alice: thank you so much for putting up with my crazy antics and dealing with distant locations. This film would not be possible without you guys. Secondly, my fellow directors and part time crew: Will, Alek, Lizzie, and Antonio. Thank you guys for putting up with me and dealing with everything from strangers on scooters to ill-timed sprinklers, you guys have dealt with it all. Last, but certainly not least, this student film program could not have been possible without the support from Mr. Goble and Mrs. Davidson. Huge thanks to the two of you for trusting me enough to be a worthy director. Thank you all!
Sam Israel and Hope Williams reveal their characters' emotional pain in a shared close-up.
I need to update this more often. Maybe I should write it down somewhere...oh, wait a minute...I just did! Anyway, filming has been really intense over the past few weeks. My actors are proving to be tremendous. As I finished some editing last night and watched what I had put together, their performance almost brought me to tears. I appreciate all they have contributed to this project and it's hard to believe that soon the shoot will come to an end. December is fast approaching and except for maybe some possible reshoots, they won't get to see our work until it hits the big screen in April. Everything is going so well.
Sam Israel and Hope Williams receive some direction regarding the best way to express intense emotional pain in a medium two shot when the cut-off point is the at the knees. Antoinio Zapian Luna is working the boom pole.
On Monday, we shot the opening scene in my garage. The lighting wasn't the best; I will need to bring a portable light kit with me to the reshoots. It wasn't terrible, however. My actors are fantastic; their skills are equivalent to if not better than many professionals. It's too bad the sprinklers went off in the middle of our shoot, it kind of ruined some of the audio. I also experimented with a shot involving Sam in the rearview mirror of a car and as he drove away, I managed to capture Hope in the same shot. It was wonderful. . .and beautiful. . .and interrupted by a crew member wearing plaid on a scooter. *sigh* Still, using what I had, I put together a rough cut that has been met with positive reviews and made my mom cry. It is a sad scene, so success!
My name is Keith Hoagland and I am a student who enjoys listening to music, reading, writing, making movies, and acting.