Learning with Friends…

So in my last post I mentioned about meeting new people and creating friendships, this past weekend was the effects of that. So it’s been awhile since we just had time to sit down and film to have fun. Most if not all the projects have been work related other than trip videos. But for the first time in a long time we actually were able to just have fun making a movie. What I love is how you are constantly learning from your mistakes or knowledge of those around you. So to help myself and others see my mistakes and learn from it. Here is a breakdown of the project, how the experience was, and what was learned.

Setting up for the opening scene.
Setting up for the opening scene.
Recording the dialog for the thoughts of Jessie.
Recording the dialog for the thoughts of Jessie.
On the set.
Setting up for the next scene.

The Project:  Our Perfect Family- Close siblings discover the perfect family they thought they belonged to is actually fake and broken up by a phone.

Spencer
Spencer
Abigail
Abigail
Jesse
Jesse
UPS guy
UPS guy

The Experience: So Saturday evening started by unloading hundreds of lbs of equipment. Thankfully we have an awesome family which is kind enough to allow us to destroy the house. By this time we were starving and had to eat, so a quick (maybe not so quick) trip, we ate and came back to film the opening scene. By this time we were all beat as the evening was late. Sunday afternoon proved to be less productive as we were still figuring out the storyline. No fault of anyones on that, but we finally nailed down character relationships. Eric joined the cast stepping into the role of Spencer.  Amanda is Jesse, and Hayley is the older sister Abigail. We had a blast filming what we did. Laughter was never absent from the set which made things very relax and chill. After filming a couple of scenes we brought the footage over to the editing station and all were amazed how quickly things came together. Everything was making sense and starting to flow. A few more scenes and again we called it a day. We have a few more scenes for next week. Overall things are looking good.

Eric killing it with the boom mic.
Eric killing it with the boom mic.
More setting up.
More setting up.
Looking for some music scores.
Looking for some music scores.

Lessons Learned: Well this is were things get interesting. Even though I know how long it takes to film, somehow I thought it was going to go faster. This is in no way the fault of the cast, they are awesome, constantly pushing the story forward. It really comes down to just how long it takes. Setup and teardown is always the same speed. So this was a good reminder to myself  to expect things to take longer.

Some of the cast watching the progress.
Some of the cast watching the progress.

Another big part is having a rough outline or script if all possible, even though we all had an idea of how things are suppose to go, plan ahead. After reading and raving about the book “Save the Cat” on the blog, I felt like a hypocrite. But the truth is we just wanted to have a simple good time filming, and we succeeded.

A happy crew.
A happy crew.

So next week I’ll have an update on how things went. I still think what’s really cool is the fact these friends are down working in Southern California and here we are making a film just beacause.

There was no shortage of selfies and groupies.
There was no shortage of selfies and groupies.
More selfies.
More selfies.
Let's not forget about the duck face.
Let’s not forget about the duck face.

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