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T Minus 1 Day — Here We Go Over the Edge of the Cliff…..

January 23, 2009

Okay — we’re REALLY up and grinding now. Last day before we start shooting so everyone is activated and we are receiving the equipment, the trailers, props. set dressing — all that stuff is being delivered; the pre-lighting of the sets is starting to happen; we had our final pre-shoot meeting with the production design team to make sure that the sets are okay; the final shotlist has been published (I’m going to put it up here in a different post)…..and of course my head is spinning a bit because in the background there is all the “producer” stuff to deal with — figuring out how to get enough petty cash (we need $9,000 but if you withdraw more than $3,000 it automatically triggers a “suspicious transaction report” and we don’t want that), figuring out some cashflow issues, etc etc.

Anyway — the good news is we’re permanently on the set now for the next five days — no more going to the regular office, and as of now (2:19 on Friday) I’ve put up an “out of office autoreply” on my regular email and I’m officially not dealing with anything but the movie until we wrap.

Also, we have WIFI here on the set so during breaks I can come update and add photos here.

Now here’s a picture gallery taken just a few minutes ago of a lot of the work going on here:

Imre, Gaffer, Calling for more something

Imre, Gaffer, Calling for more something

More Set Dressers at Work

More Set Dressers at Work

Alyssa's Hospital Room -- Set Ready to Go

Alyssa's Hospital Room -- Set Ready to Go

Hospital Hallway -- Set Dressers at Work

Hospital Hallway -- Set Dressers at Work

Forensic Lab (where dolphin will be examined)

Forensic Lab (where dolphin will be examined)

Wardrobe Closet -- Scrubs, etc

Wardrobe Closet -- Scrubs, etc

Shai Goldenburg Hanging lights

Shai Goldenburg Hanging lights

Another view of our stage entrance

Another view of our stage entrance

Lila Javan (Director of Photography) in front of our trailers, all two of them!

Lila Javan (Director of Photography) in front of our trailers, all two of them!

Getting Started (Again)

January 15, 2009

Getting ready to shoot in LA is so much easier than shooting at a distant location. Here, there is just about everything you need within ten minutes of our offices in Burbank. So we got started for real today with a meeting of myself, producer Susan Johnson, and production supervisor (himself a producer in his own right but he’s helping us out as production supervisor) Al Dickerson, my old friend. Here is a pic of Al winning a CAMIE award.
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And here’s one that captures a bit more of what he really looks like:

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Our first couple of meetings were at a coffee shop (“Romancing the Bean”) in Burbank, down the street from our office. She’ll probably make me take it down — but here’s a pic of Susan from the meeting yesterday.picture-106

So that’s the initial team — it will grow day by day until there will be 60 or so of us when we’re shooting.

Prior to all of this there has been a lot work that Susan and I have been doing to finally get confirmation of dates that work for all the actors.   We had to dodge Sundance (going on now), and the inauguration (next week) — but we’re good to go, everyone is on board and all the actors are confirmed, including new addition Michael Ironside, whom we’re very excited to be working with.

The biggest decision we had to make was — where to shoot in LA.  The show was designed so that we would be able to shoot all of the LA portion on a stage, but the question then becomes — what stage?  For those of us in the indie world, the default choice is good old Lacy Street Studios.   But after weighing Lacy and some other options — we settled (as we almost always seem to do) on going up to Santa Clarita, which is 30 minutes from Burbank but (importantly) still within what SAG characterizes as “local” Los Angeles.

We ended up choosing Sets In The City — a facility in Santa Clarita that specializes in medical sets that are fully stocked with set dressing and props.  This is perfect for us becaue the scenes we are filming need the following sets

  • Hospital Room
  • Hospital Hallway/Nurses Station
  • Forensic Lab/Morgue
  • Underwater Laboratory (we have to build this set but tons of the props are available — we’re actually building inside the Courtroom set they have at the facility)
  • Captain Blaine’s Office
  • Exterior Naval Base

The beauty of it all is that we were able to find an office for Captain Blaine that actually has a window out onto the big metal corrugated buildings that totally look like a Naval base and will work for us.  (Somewhere in my computer I have shots of Subic Naval Base in the Philippines that look indistinguishable from what we’re going to be able to show here.

Anyway … today we had our first scout there.  Here are some photos of the sets and the facility:

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