Recently I was on another 3D feature shoot, spending a few nights getting pick-up shots for a movie coming out this fall. I hadn’t been on set for all-night shoots before, although I have done many overnights of post, including the majority of two months data wrangling and QCing footage for Julia X. Honestly, though, except for the cold, nighttime on set is easier than off, at least for staying awake. Bright lights and other people do a pretty good job of keeping one alert.
Overall the shoot was a great experience, and one very important reason for the good morale was the director. I’ve worked with some fun and interesting people, but he is the most personable and down-to-earth director I have yet encountered. Continue reading
When I was working on my demo reel I got to reminiscing about all my past projects, and for a while now I’ve wanted to recount some of my experiences. I decided to start with what could probably be classified as my “worst” experience, although I don’t really look at it that way. There are actually more stories from this shoot that I’m not going to put in writing here, but talk to me in person some day and I’ll tell you. Anyway, here goes….
I remember it fondly: the 14- to 19-hour days in a dark tiny room with a sink connected directly to a backed-up septic, the 3am walks back to my cabin in freezing temperatures, the low-voltage electric current running through my body if I touched the computer equipment and a nearby metal counter at the same time.