31
Jan
2004
19:06

Keeping Austin Weird, Part Deux

We had our second day of filming today and it went great. The morning started with what I knew would be one of the most difficult scenes to shoot. To complicate things, I was supposed to have 2 “men in black” who were parodying the Agents in The Matrix, and one didn’t show up. I quickly initiated my backup idea of using the one guy in both roles and trying to splice it together later to have him playing against himself. After filming all the complicated scenes to make this work, the second actor called me and had only just seen the email. He rushed down, and we filmed it all again with the both of them to avoid the editing headaches later.
After running a bit late on that shoot, we ran around town during our lunch break, gathering up props and such that we needed, and grabbing a quick drive through lunch. The second two shoots of the day went amazingly well, as I suspected they would. We had a great scene with a long coordinated sequence which we shot in one continuous take. It went great. Giant thanks to Andrew Fraser who came on board as Director of Photography and Camera Operator. We could not do this without him there. Also Big thanks to Dan Eggleston, who not only runs the Yahoo mailing group where I got a lot of my cast and crew. He also came by and played a small role for me, and hung out on the other two shoots of the day taking a buttload of pictures! Very cool! Thanks Dan! He was very covert too. I had no idea that he had taken that many pics throughout the day.
The one big snafu was that at the end of the day we realized that we had forgotten to shoot the last line of the entire film. Doh! We quickly re-thought it and came up with a solution that I think will work excellently.
One more day of shooting either next week, or the week after, and we’re done filming! Then it’s on to editing.

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4 Responses

  1. Lisa says:

    More please! I love these entries.

  2. Jupe says:

    Heeeee. This was entirely too entertaining.
    When will this be coming to a theatre near me?

  3. P@ says:

    This is entirely exciting. I can’t believe you only needed three days of shooting to get it done! You guys work fast!
    I’m super-excited for you, though. If there’s a way to allow us Online Weirdos to see it, that would be cool. Otherwise, I guess I’ll have to find a way to make it down to Austin. 😛

  4. Time for my close-up

    I must be rusty at acting, because I swear it used to come so easily. Well, performing did, at any rate. I’m not convinced I’ve ever been good at acting, just at ease with it. See, you may have heard…

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