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April 5th, 2003

Road to Oblivion

Today was the first day of shooting for the Haunted Commercials. Since Barb had the the 'splorer last night, we had to load the truck this morning, so it was a wake-up-early kind of day. Not horribly bad, something like 8:00, but after having been up until 2:00-- well, you get the picture.

First thing that greeted me when I opened the outside door was a light sprinkling of snow. Bear in mind that the first weather report for this weekend had an anticipated high of 46 degrees. That number has steadily decreased, until this mornings antics were at at 26 degrees by the car thermometer. Seeing-the-breath cold. A little colder than I would have liked.

Since we were shooting outside, the lighting was minimal. I brought only one light (which is so unlike me), and the reflector pack. Which meant a fairly light load. And unload.

And everybody showed up, including Joe, which was a nigh-miracle. He really made the shoot work. It was a little tiring for him, and I'm so happy he was able to make it.

This was also the first shoot that I've tried without storyboarding first. I wanted to try because of the experience that I've had working with Denise. I've decided that I don't like it. I kept wondering what we were missing, and the shots were a little different that I had envisioned. Little things like forgetting how much shorter Alex was than Tony in framing the final shot.

And the sunlight! Yikes! We had to completely swap directions for one shot because the sunlight was so strong, and then it clouded over. And it got colder. Everyone was cold. And everyone was a trooper and took it with minimal complaining.

I brought along a furniture moving dolly in an attempt to try a dolly shot. I didn't think it would work very well, and I was pretty much right. It wasn't as bad as I thought though, and there may actually be some useable footage. And I got some more good information for building a better dolly.

And we kicked ass and finished shooting in three hours instead of the anticipated five. I think that's a personal record.

Some things of note:

  • I need a set of ND filters. A lot of light makes things like focusing difficult.

  • Storyboards are your friend.

  • I need a camera dolly.



jmanna was also kind enough to lend us a card table, which was perfect. Thanks!

Packed up, came home, unpacked the truck, and promptly fell asleep. Sleep goooood. And for some reason I thought it was Sunday, so now it's like I have an extra day. Woohoo!


Barb took Sadie to the dog park. Unfortunately, our dog-park permit had expired, and Barb got busted by the park police in a canine roust. Dogging without a license. So now our dog has a criminal record. I'm thinking of doing mugshots.


Just a blurb from a story on Americas Most Wanted.
"It's high-quality marijuana. It sells for about $5000.00 a pound."
Broken down straight, it's $78 per quarter-ounce. Seeing as that's a relatively normal price (or at least it was when I last checked), I'm wondering if the $5000 figure is cop-enomics.


I've been thinking that I should become a philanthropoligist. Study people who give me money.


The Great Mousehunt:
The escapee was found by the kitties. No release for this one I'm afraid. I feel bad, but I guess it's better than having a mouse loose in the kitchen.


And with that coarse bit of lackey, I am off to relax for the evening.

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