Wow — what a couple of months it has been. Not only have we had a fair amount of ‘real’ work come thru our studio (the first decent run in a while) but we have also just wrapped up hosting our new film festival here. The theme for our first year was comedy shorts, so naturally we called it “Show Us Your Shorts,” with giant boxer shorts as the logo. Our anchor sponsor was Stella Artois, and they were great to work with. We had strong crowds, a successful show, and we are utterly exhausted.
We have managed to keep Dreamer going thru all of this, although the strain has shown. Some of you may have seen the typo that floated for a while on Episode 8, and I’ve still got a few things to clean up on Episode 9. The biggest problem, however, has been Episode 10, which shot the morning after the Film Fest opening Gala party. Epi 10 had the makings of our best one yet by far, and I just totally blew it.
The Episode called for our title character to have a conversation with a Rabbi, and we were thrilled to have a real Rabbi agree to do the part. He is an amazingly bright and talented individual, and we were very much looking forward to the shoot. When we got on site and saw that he had floor-to-ceiling windows in his office, I made the fateful decision to leave the lighting in the truck and go natural. We were really running on fumes from all the energy spent on the festival, and I figured I could shoot with reflected window light, drop the background a bit in post and we’d be fine. We’re not trying to cinematic excellence with Dreamer, we’re trying to kick off a meaningful conversation.
I had a bit of a brain cramp during the shoot (sleep deprivation was rampant in our group during the festival) and I managed to wipe out a couple of clips on one of the P2 cards. That wasn’t a biggie, but what I saw when I got back to the studio was. The ‘natural’ look just totally sucked. I spent two full days days key-framing virtual lighting, and have not been able to save this thing — it looks like a TV news interview.
Okay, we’ve all had bad days from time to time, that’s why we have pickup shoots. Yeah, well….the actor playing our title character went and got himself a really bad haircut two days after the shoot. By ‘bad,’ I mean the type that will take a while to recover from. I have not seen it yet, but from what I hear, it’s pretty awful.
Hey — the scene takes place in a temple, maybe we could just get him a really large kippah…..