I'm agreeing to shoot coverage this time instead of storyboarding. I don't have time to do storyboards, and romeoa is editing, so he's the one that has to live with what we shoot. Coverage unplanned makes me nervous; I'd much rather have a clear path that was well thought-out ahead of time when fatigue is not an issue the way it is on location after you've been shooting for hours. Having a storyboard-- or even a shot list-- is a good structure to have. It doesn't mean you can't depart and have spontaneity on the set, but if you have a central plan, you don't end up missing critical footage.
Trying to be chillax-y about it.
The scouting trip is where I make considerations of lighting: where I can put lights, where things are framed, lines of action, electrical outlets, and the like. We have a staging area and everything. Something I forgot is a 'green room' of sorts, but we can wing it as necessary-- our total cast and crew is five, maybe six people. That's not too many to move around as necessary.
It's a great house for shooting: there's a balcony over the kitchen so we can get some nice high-angle shots, and it's huge, like over 4000 square feet. It's also spacious, which is a plus when you're running a camera in handheld mode: you run into fewer things.
The absolute killer is the home theater: apparently the guy who had the house built was a home theater designer, and this was his personal space. Holy shit. It was perfect. And dig this: it was built under the two-car garage.
Yeah, I asked. Apparently there are a number of steel beams carrying the load of a ten-inch slab of concrete. It's quite solid.
And you know I'm jealous as hell.
And I'm planning to build a garage.
This calls for more research.