Not that I haven't been busy...
So when last I'd posted, I'm in Florida and they're saying snow is going to hit Maryland the night we get home. I have a short scene in Ttory2 that requires snow, that I figured I'd just have to scrap since we got none this year.
But here it is...my final chance...and I'll be coming home from a sleep-deprived weekend, getting off a plane and running home to get things ready to shoot in the snow. Technically I wanted it to be a day shot, but the weather report is saying we'll have up to 12 inches the next day, so I doubt I'll get anyone to go out then.
Gotta do it the night I get home.
So we do it. I contact Mark, and he's got a guy with a decent costume for a monster. Not great, but acceptable since you're only going to see a flash of it. I talk to the guy via texts and he's good to meet up out there.
I get home, start charging batteries, clearing media. Getting everything ready. The new lights.
The weather's changing. They're downgrading it to like 6 inches. Still okay. But they're now pushing it back. Said it was going to start at like 7, now it looks more like 9. I've already made plans to be out there at 8pm.
We get Stewie to be our actor. He's got no lines. He's basically just wandering through and gets attacked.
It's 8pm and the light light snow is just starting, and we're in the parking lot waiting. I need some white on the ground not just for light, but because it's the purpose of the whole thing.
So we walk out and do some tests. Set up lights. Shoot some test shots. The snow is more like sleet, and it's getting on all the equipment.
We finally get enough sleet/snow on the ground for it to register...a little. We've been out there like 90 minutes and it's FREEZING cold. We try to do the drone shot I want, and let me tell you this: DRONES HATE SLEET. I mean, I've seen high winds not affect the drone as much as the sleet did. Couldn't keep it steady, couldn't get any great shots without wobbling.
I ended up getting one I can sort of use but it's not great. The lights I got are pretty great. If I had another 2...may bite the bullet and get 2 more, and then I'll have 4 pretty powerful lights to light up the woods.
Then we moved to the shot with the creature. It came out okay, but at one point my hands are so cold I can't feel them any more. I put them in my mouth to warm them up, and it's like someone's pushing needles into them.
At this point I'm just hoping anything I'm shooting is in focus, because the viewfinder on my camera's getting wet(so I'm worried about the equipment). Turns out, it's not bad. Not great, but not bad considering. It'll work for the flick.
Meanwhile we end up getting like 2 inches. Could have shot it the next day and had far less problems. Fucking weathermen.
This is us at the end of the night. I've blurred the creature, cuz I don't want it out there yet.
Met a local author who does horror books. It's weird that this guy's been around here forever--graduated from my high school--and I never ran into him in our circles(of which we have quite a few overlapping friends).
We were just gonna meet for a beer, chat for an hour...three and a half hours later we finally call it. We have a lot in common, and he's a funny dude. Gonna definitely hang out more.
Am breaking down the wrap into shooting script format. I did a rough schedule over 4 days and it's TIGHT. Should prolly break it apart into 5. Will probably do that. (which technically means 6, because I have us shooting the final, drone, CGI-intensive shot all along on one day so we can take our time)
Have sent out some inquiries about casting to people I've met to see if they can do video auditions. Would be nice to cast this without a lot of work. Doesn't have a giant cast, so I'm hopeful.