24 October — Saturday: Shoot Day 1

7:00AM Bahamas/4:00AM Pacific: Mark checks in via text. “Weather is good. Built the camera last night, and the UW housing. Everything working. Houston, we are ‘go’.”. I text back that I’m happy with that and good luck, then they disappear from my view for a few hours.

The plan is as follows:

SATURDAY
–9AM on docks ready to go for 9:30am openwater dolphin shoot — back by 11:00 AM,
— 11:30 – end of day: shoot in the pens and around the UNEXSO facility

SUNDAY
–7AM — sunrise and ocean shots at beach near hotel
–9AM on docks for 9:30am departure openwater dolphin shoot
–12:30 – end of day: using rented boat, get various scenics and insert shots

MONDAY
–7AM — sunrise and ocean shots again
–10AM — Taino Beach for shots involving two boats, jetskis, and other marine. (This is the biggest production aspect of what we are doing. The film has a rather large action sequence at the end and we got all the material we need with the principal actors, but there are bits and pieces of second unit that would really help. And we were having a hard time finding matching boats in LA — so getting this while in Bahamas is essential.

So Mark is out on the water and it’s 7am Pacific time. College Football Gameday is on in the bg keeping me company while I work on the Taino beach part of the plan and fret.

7:15AM: Great. Siobhan just called. Weather on Monday is going to be bad. Calling for rain and 30 MPH winds. She says we have to move Taino beach up to Sunday if we want to get it. I tell her okay, let’s do that, in the afternoon after we finish at UNEXSO in the morning. I tell her to standby, I’m going to send a checklist of things we have to do so she’ll know everything that’s needed.

8:15: Still haven’t heard from Mark, who should be in by now. Meanwhile have finished the Taino beach checklist and have sent it off to everyone. Here’s what it has:

Permission to Film/Film Commission Support
I forwarded you separately the filming permission which is in the form of an email from the Bahamas Film Commission. Any problems call Donna Mackey at 242.442.1187 (cell). Eureka Glinton at the LA Bahamas Film Commission office can also be reached 24/7 on her cell 213.925.8082.

What We Plan to Shoot
The first priority shots we have planned for Taino Beach all have to do with the jet ski/ boat chase scene and are above water shots. (I am calling them jetskis but they were waverunners in what we shot and we need them to be waverunners this time too–product placement issue.) If time permits there are a few underwater shots. Mark knows the shots so I am not doing a complete shotlist here but I want to give enough of an idea so that everyone will be oriented reasonably well.
0. Plate Shot: The biggest priority is a plate shot master of the whole scene with the camera positioned on a tripod on the platform that overlooks the beach. Mark is the expert on how to do this kind of SFX shot, so the following is for general orientation only — Mark will give exact instructions.
. Background plate of empty water.
. Plate of the jet skis coming up, then stopping and forming a line
. Plate of Gwen’s boat entering, stopping as if blocked by the jetskis, then continuing on after Hawk
. Hawk’s boat.
. So there are four separate elements. Mark might want to combine more than one element in a shot (i.e. he might want to do Gwen’s boat and Hawk’s boat in one shot) but as noted above, we’re not planning to try to orchestrate the whole thing into one “live” master.
0. Hawk POV of jetskis flashing past his boat as they arrive . [[Note to Mark–aside from the one POV we’ve talked about, are there any other jetski shots you want to get either from Hawk’s boat or Gwen’s or from the water generally? I think not, but wanted to mention it in case you have other ideas. We just can’t afford to bog down with the jetskis so it’s probably best to just get the one shot we’ve talked about.]]
0. Some additional shots of the portion of the scene that happens after Gwen goes through the line of jet skis and chases Hawk down, in particular:
. Hawk’s POV looking back at Gwen approaching
. Gwen’s POV of Hawk’s boat as she runs it down.
〇. [[Special note for Mark re Gwen’s POV. Before you left we pretty much decided we don’t need any more shots of Alyssa in the dolphin fin/wetsuit but that was before we knew we actually have those things available to us. Now that we know that we have them, should we consider putting someone (Sarah?) into that gear and try to get, for example some additional Gwen POV’s in which she sees the fin? I fear this could become a black hole in terms of sucking up time; on the other hand if everything is going smoothly and you want to try for such a shot, it might be worth spending some time on it. It’s up to you but thought I’d mention it.]]
0. Various inserts including
0. Hawk’s hand handling the throttle.
0. Gwen’s driver’s hand handling the throttle
0. Various other inserts taken inside the boats.
0. The main portion of what we want to shoot at Taino beach is above water only. There are a few underwater shots which we would get if time/money permits. I have a feeling we’re not going to have time for underwater at Taino beach but if we do somehow have time with the boats to do this, here is a wishlist:
0. UW shot of Gwen’s boat as the driver throws it into reverse to keep from hitting the jetskis. Shot of full hull of the boat, and CU of the propeller.
0. UW shot of Gwen’s boat pulling to a stop near Hawk’s boat.

Elements We Need
0. Hawk’s boat
0. Gwen’s boat
0. As many waverunners with riders as we can afford. Hopefully at least 4. As noted previously, we could possibly be finished with them in as little as 2 hours if we organize the shoot around them. (Mark: This would mean, I think, starting with the shot of the jetskis flashing by Hawk’s boat, then going to the plate shot from the platform — shoot the jetski part of the plate first. Then we could let them go.)
0. Doubles:
〇. Hawk (one of the jetski drivers from last time would be good. I’m sending a picture of the guy I’m talking about.) Mark has Hawk’s wardrobe for this scene.
〇. Gwen (Sarah would be great for this if she’s available). We do not have Gwen’s wardrobe but she was wearing a navy blue T-shirt and fatigue pants. We probably won’t see her pants so any kind of medium dark colored cargo pants would be fine.)
〇. Gwen’s boat driver. We do not have his wardrobe — it was a dark blue T, Blue Ball Cap, and blue shorts. We won’t see anything other than torso and head.
〇. Gwen’s sailor guy in the her boat. We do not have his wardrobe. Just get somebody and dress him in all white — T shirt, pants, and cap (cap many not necessary).
0. Communication
0. I’m assuming the boats have marine radios so we can communicate boat to boat okay. But we will be shooting shots where the camera is on the beach or on the platform and we need to communicate with the boats and jetskis. My thought is that if we had marine walky with the camera, we could communicate with the jetskis by having one of our picture boats serve as a workboat through which we can relay instructions to the jetskis. If it’s possible to have a walky with at least one of the jetskiers that would be better. Anyway, we can also use cellphones if necessary.
0. Food
00. We will have a total number of people there as follows:
00. Doubles and jetski riders, assuming 4 jetskis: 8
00. Crew: 4
00. I guess we need at least some good craft services and depending on how long we use the doubles and/or how you negotiate the deals with them. Will need full meals for the crew of course.

Budgeting Time to Help Make This Affordable
These are just some thoughts/ideas/guidelines.

0. I think it’s a “given” that we need to be able to finish with all of the doubles, jetski riders, etc within an absolute maximum of a half-day (6 hours) and preferably less than that.
0. My thought is that if we get rid of jetskis and drivers first; then finish any shots that involve the doubles in Gwen’s boat, we would then be left with just two things: Gwen’s boat (no doubles) for Gwen POV’s and use as a camera boat, and Hawk’s boat with the Hawk double. The Hawk double is the one person we might need to use more than half a day.

Okay, that’s my download. Good luck! I’m standing by and can be reached via phone at 818.620.1832, skype at sellersmd, or iChat.

Meanwhile, as this goes out I get a text from Mark:

“Well first time out, the housing seal broke and cam would not boot. Rough water sloshing in the boat.”……

Great…..my heart sinks. Then turns out he, like Eureka yesterday, is messing with me. New text arrives:

“But then got the camera up. Paul did his thing …just looked at the footage and it is great! this dolphin hour was worth the trip. Going for much more!”

Whew. With that over, I tell Mark (still texting to save money) that per Siobhan, the weather will deteriorate badly by Monday and we need to move up the Taino Beach shoot to Sunday PM. He’s okay with it. Tells me they’re going off to do the rest of the day at UNEXSO, shooting the “Navy Pens” bits and other bits and pieces we can use.

Meanwhile, I’m on skype chat with Siobhan who is planning the Taino Beach outing for Sunday afternoon. Here’s a copy of our session:

[10/24/09 11:17:21 AM] Siobhan Antoni: Oh lord.. every jetski I come across it out of service!!!
[10/24/09 11:39:47 AM] Siobhan Antoni: Where is Sarah and Paul now? Dolphins?
[10/24/09 11:42:51 AM] Michael: paul and mark at at unexso pens
[10/24/09 11:42:58 AM] Michael: sara is not with them at the moment.
[10/24/09 11:43:08 AM] Siobhan Antoni: She wont answer her cell
[10/24/09 11:43:17 AM] Siobhan Antoni: maybe i dont have the right number?
[10/24/09 11:43:38 AM] Michael: mark is responding sporadically to texts — i’ve asked him to send me her cell — i only have her uk cell and that’s not working.
[10/24/09 11:43:51 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ok
[10/24/09 11:43:51 AM] Michael: but i dont’ think he or paul have her cell and she’s not with them.
[10/24/09 11:45:04 AM] Michael: mark is saying that they have a dolphin dive in the am and will be back at 11 …. suggesting taino beach start time of 12:30
[10/24/09 11:45:19 AM] Michael: how does that work for you?
[10/24/09 11:45:20 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ok
[10/24/09 11:45:34 AM] Siobhan Antoni: fine for me and my boat but not good for jetski’s at the moment
[10/24/09 11:47:01 AM] Michael: as long as we have that set, i guess it’s not critical for us to be talking to sarah right now. and i think we have to take the dolphin dive if they’re giving it to us……so i guess we need to go for that time slot and try to make it work. the lighting match will be better in the afternoon anyway, since that’s when we shot this stuff before.
[10/24/09 11:47:35 AM] Michael: yeah, i guess if there’s anytime people use their jetskis for their own fun, it would be sunday afternoon……
[10/24/09 11:48:31 AM] Siobhan Antoni: yes except everyone that i know is out of town, jetski’s are out of service
[10/24/09 11:48:45 AM] Siobhan Antoni: Winter is coming , people have started to take theor boats etc out of the water
[10/24/09 11:48:52 AM] Siobhan Antoni: im still trying
[10/24/09 11:49:32 AM] Michael: yikes. hope we can find some. the places that rent jet skis by the hour (i know, expensive) — do they allow you to take them down to taino beach or do you have to keep them up at our lucaya only?
[10/24/09 11:50:13 AM] Siobhan Antoni: only at our lucaya…That is Ricky. I am waiting for his returning call. yes it is very expenise so we will have to see
[10/24/09 11:50:28 AM] Siobhan Antoni: And i will tell you now, because times are hard here, they wont be cutting you a break
[10/24/09 11:50:58 AM] Michael: i’m just wondering if we really get stuck we just limit the jetskis to one hour and rent from up there, have them roar down to taino, shoot the two shots, and turn them loose.
[10/24/09 11:51:15 AM] Siobhan Antoni: tru…last resort
[10/24/09 11:51:22 AM] Michael: yep.
[10/24/09 11:51:37 AM] Siobhan Antoni: sound silly but do you mind if they are all black?
[10/24/09 11:52:22 AM] Siobhan Antoni: you would probably have to mix it up a little
[10/24/09 11:52:25 AM] Michael: okay as a last resort. it would present problems but that would be better than just not shooting anything.
[10/24/09 11:52:49 AM] Siobhan Antoni: right now that sounds to be your best bet and it may even be your cheapest
[10/24/09 11:53:32 AM] Siobhan Antoni: I will let you know when I speak to Ricky
[10/24/09 11:54:05 AM] Michael: okay. all black top to bottom — no other colors on them? or are they black top half and white bottom?
[10/24/09 11:56:03 AM] Siobhan Antoni: no no I meant black drivers sorry
[10/24/09 11:56:10 AM] Michael: ha
[10/24/09 11:56:19 AM] Michael: yeah, that’s okay.
[10/24/09 11:56:40 AM] Michael: not ideal but not a deal breaker.
[10/24/09 11:56:39 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ok, ill try and mix it up maybe if someone is around
[10/24/09 11:57:09 AM] Michael: in the story there were three blacks on jetskis — Daniel, Tamika, and DUvey
[10/24/09 11:57:47 AM] Siobhan Antoni: 1 male 2 females
[10/24/09 11:57:54 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ?
[10/24/09 11:58:06 AM] Michael: yeah … not that it matters all that much, but that was what we had.
[10/24/09 11:58:21 AM] Michael: i can check and see what color skis they were on just so we know–not that we have to match.
[10/24/09 11:58:22 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ok
[10/24/09 11:58:32 AM] Michael: but we might as well know.
[10/24/09 11:58:47 AM] Siobhan Antoni: i dont think we have much of an option. The only ski’s i will be able to geta hold of are yellow and while…no blues
[10/24/09 11:59:13 AM] Michael: well if we have to have one color only, yellow and white would be the best, I think.
[10/24/09 11:59:23 AM] Siobhan Antoni: ok
[10/24/09 11:59:23 AM] Michael: since we had three yellow/white when we shot.
[10/24/09 11:59:45 AM] Michael: if we could get just one dark one, that would help. i know it’s hard so we’ll take what we can get.
[10/24/09 11:59:48 AM] Siobhan Antoni: should i do all yellow and while or should i put the balc one in there to change it up
[10/24/09 11:59:59 AM] Siobhan Antoni: i have a balck one that is confirmed
[10/24/09 12:01:10 PM] Michael posted file Picture 116.png to members of this chat
[10/24/09 12:01:15 PM] Michael posted file Picture 115.png to members of this chat
[10/24/09 12:01:50 PM] Michael: george — yellow white, tamike blue/white, leah black/white
[10/24/09 12:04:27 PM] Michael: mix it up is best — even if the colors don’t match what we had, the general impression of multi-color jetskis will work okay. keep in mind that if we only have 4, what we will be doing is “doubling” the four to make them look like 8 — so if we have 4 of the same color it will mean 8 of the same color and that will probably be a problem.
[10/24/09 12:14:23 PM] Siobhan Antoni: ok well I spoek to a friend he had yellow and red ski’s
[10/24/09 12:14:31 PM] Siobhan Antoni: they are available for tomorrow.
[10/24/09 12:14:39 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Now, he normally charges $140 an hour
[10/24/09 12:14:49 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I told him that wouldnt work
[10/24/09 12:14:58 PM] Siobhan Antoni: and that we would have to come to a happy agreement
[10/24/09 12:15:32 PM] Michael: ?? (fingers and toes crossed)
[10/24/09 12:15:50 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I kow Ricky charges $48 for 1/2 hour!!!
[10/24/09 12:15:58 PM] Siobhan Antoni: so its going to be pricey
[10/24/09 12:16:51 PM] Michael: is there any chance some portion of it could be paid later in the week when I send you the money for your boat? if all else fails?
[10/24/09 12:17:21 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I told you you can pay me later so dont worry about me
[10/24/09 12:17:52 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I know the guy so i want to say yes but i would need to run it past him
[10/24/09 12:18:01 PM] Michael: yes, thanks. THANKS!!! i’m thinking that if the jetskis are over the moon, maybe we could stretch a bit further if we had that option.
[10/24/09 12:18:30 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Michael I will be totally honest with you, they are going to be expensive
[10/24/09 12:19:12 PM] Michael: well….if we have to pay full price per hour then we will have to just really really limit the time we use them.
[10/24/09 12:19:13 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I dont see how I am going to get them for a couple hours or half a day for less than $200
[10/24/09 12:21:07 PM] Siobhan Antoni: no we wont have to pay full price
[10/24/09 12:21:16 PM] Michael: how much will Gwen’s boat cost….? two hours … half a day…?
[10/24/09 12:21:18 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I can gurantee that it just wont be some magically low price
[10/24/09 12:21:29 PM] Michael: i’m not expecting magic.
[10/24/09 12:21:32 PM] Michael: promise
[10/24/09 12:21:33 PM] Siobhan Antoni: no clue i havent gotten to her boat yet
[10/24/09 12:22:44 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Veronica has a boat that looks just like gwens boat
[10/24/09 12:22:54 PM] Siobhan Antoni: you should call her and find out. Sweet talk her!
[10/24/09 12:22:54 PM] Michael: that’s fine with me.
[10/24/09 12:23:07 PM] Michael: are you talking about her personal boat? or a unexso boat?
[10/24/09 12:23:19 PM] Michael: do you have veronica’s cell?
[10/24/09 12:23:31 PM] Michael: i don’t think i have it. i would like to call her anyway to thank her.
[10/24/09 12:23:33 PM] Siobhan Antoni: dolphin experince boat. It is the one they talk the dolphins out in the ocean with
[10/24/09 12:24:26 PM] Siobhan Antoni: The office # is 373-9332
[10/24/09 12:24:37 PM] Siobhan Antoni: dont have her cell
[10/24/09 12:35:04 PM] Michael: i have her cell. 242.441.0614. just texted mark — asking whether this is a good time to call. i definitely want to call and thank her when they’re done today. sometimes things can be pretty tense while we’re shooting in the dolphin area so it may be better to wait.
[10/24/09 12:35:28 PM] Siobhan Antoni: tru
[10/24/09 12:36:56 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Cant get a hold of the owner of gwens boat. You need to try hard for Veronica boat…
[10/24/09 12:37:16 PM] Michael: yes, just texted mark and he texted back — better to wait a bit. all going well but she’ll be more relaxed later.
[10/24/09 12:37:26 PM] Siobhan Antoni: ok
[10/24/09 12:37:29 PM] Michael: oky. i will try hard.
[10/24/09 12:37:36 PM] Siobhan Antoni: really hard!
[10/24/09 12:42:38 PM] Michael: hopefully in a worst case they would just agree to rent it to us for half a day and bill me for it. what would be the “market rate” for a boat like that for half a day?
[10/24/09 12:44:25 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I would want to guess $350
[10/24/09 12:44:51 PM] Michael: that’s what i was thinking …
[10/24/09 12:45:12 PM] Siobhan Antoni: they may question gas
[10/24/09 12:45:34 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I dont think you would burn too much gas out there but I could be wrong
[10/24/09 12:45:49 PM] Siobhan Antoni: max half a tank
[10/24/09 12:46:12 PM] Michael: how big is a tank? and how much does fuel cost? just trying to estimate….
[10/24/09 12:46:34 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Fuel is around $4.60
[10/24/09 12:47:01 PM] Michael: 20 gallon tank? i have no idea.
[10/24/09 12:47:16 PM] Siobhan Antoni: Im totally guessing but probably around 30-40 gallons
[10/24/09 12:47:28 PM] Siobhan Antoni: my size boat has a 91 gallon tank
[10/24/09 12:47:48 PM] Siobhan Antoni: but I have a bigger boat
[10/24/09 12:48:00 PM] Michael: wow. that’s serious.
[10/24/09 12:48:14 PM] Siobhan Antoni: offer them a price that includes fuel. That is the way to get around it
[10/24/09 12:48:24 PM] Michael: you wouldn’t believe how much trouble we had trying to find a boat over here that would match yours.
[10/24/09 12:48:34 PM] Siobhan Antoni: I could imagine!
[10/24/09 12:48:54 PM] Michael: those sea hunts are very popular in the bahamas, though. i thought there would be a lot of them here — but no.
[10/24/09 12:49:01 PM] Siobhan Antoni: haha
[10/24/09 4:09:11 PM] Siobhan Antoni posted file BeneaththeBlue.xls to members of this chat
[10/24/09 4:09:23 PM] Siobhan Antoni: This is te best I can do. Email me and let me know!
[10/24/09 4:26:58 PM] Michael: siobhan that’s great …. thanks so much. we’ll make it work.   i haven’t been able to get through to veronica — getting a busy signal on her cell. i’ll try again i a little while ……

So by this time it’s 4:30 in the Bahamas and we are more or less at the end of the day and Siobhan is going to keep putting stuff together for tomorrow.

Text from Mark: 4:31PM EST: “Okay. Done for now. Light is gone for UW filming.
Text from Michael: 4:32PM EST: “How is the footage?”
Text from Mark: 4:32PM EST: “Water a little dirty…going to look at the footage tonight. Will film more after the dive tomorrow AM.
Text from Michael: 4:33 EST: “Well, anyway, the water in the Navy pens is supposed to be dirty. We’ll see. Go eat and drink. We’ll figure it out tomorrow.”
Text from Mark: 4:34 EST: “Roger that, Houston. Will comply.”

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