Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Wonder & Stink

In the 13 years that I've been going to Coney Island, this was the first time that I've ever been there and there wasn't any wind at all, which means that the sound is a lot cleaner than I expected. The movie gods have smiled upon us.

R and M are really nailing it. M's instance on riding the Wonder Wheel was inspired. I find that I don't get afraid of heights if I keep my eye to the viewfinder, because then it's just a movie and not a 300 foot plummet to concrete and sand. Unfortunately, R did not have this luxury but did an incredible job of channeling fear into excitement.

We got to such a good start it really feels like a shame that we won't go again with the two of them for a couple of weeks.

Took us 3 hours to get a 10 second shot of Hidell staring at the Statue of Liberty. Afterwards M and I joked that we're turning into a real movie shoot.

Went down to Occupy Wall St., which is not on Wall St. Hippies ruin everything. They glom onto real social issues and infect everything with their lack of reason, facts and hygiene. Got some good shots of Hidell wandering around the mess of screaming people and looking lost - can't tell if M was acting or not.

Next stop: Dead bodies and smokey treats...

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Half In the Can (which is another term for toliet)

"To fail to embrace my dreams now would be a disgrace so great that sin itself would not be able to find a name for it." - Werner Herzog, Conquest of the Useless

All the math says we're halfway finished filming and it's only taken 17 months. But I feel that the next half will take longer, even though we should be wrapped by end of the year. By the time the feature film is finished it will have taken 3 years of my life total.

Looking forward to seeing Hidell get slapped around by Amy. If last night's read-through was any indication, R will have fun with it. Glad she decided to come play with us.

J had a good idea about the stoop scenes. I checked it out on my way home and (as usual) she's right.

Next stop: Coney Island, Liberty Island, Manhattan Island, No Man Is an Island and all points in between...