was asked on wednesday to travel with my tried/true dp and steadicam operator to san luis obispo on saturday. a shooting mission. there was an alexa for the day, following their production job. the alexa is the dp's favorite camera to use. its next release the dp wants to buy and use all the time, because of its duplicate sensor and upgrades in lightness and shoulder mounting. other improvements were mentioned and i heard camera people call the upcoming model form "doc style"
went and did that. for the people. for the experience. the camera is used in melancholia, abe lincoln: vamp hunter, in time, hugo, and skyfall. roger deakins used it twice, i mean.
it was the steadicam op's story and a co-direction. two actors. the crew of us three met friday night in a diner to discuss the shoot. various scenes were mentioned as necessary to build toward a final steadicam shot that involves a murder. kind of like film school. i'd say it's a thriller. i said this and that and went home and late into the night i watched 88's the vanishing and scenes from chabrol's the butcher
the way to get the final scene was a production goal for the day and, despite it not being what i'd write and not becoming designed the way i myself would design it, scenes were targeted for the goal. i searched for thriller tones like rocks and the ocean and mountains. kinda used joseph losey's the prowler aesthetic. it rained for ~20secs during a shot where a person cried, that was cool, seemed liked the character motivated the world to cry with her, in southern california for ~20secs
i stayed up late and phone messaged the sleeping dp photos/videos from the vanishing and the butcher. one shot from the vanishing we ended up altering and using. i uploaded the vanishing shot to share here, it's funny because this is what i sent and it's a bad photo of a television and i chop the frame
i would've made the whole thing like a 70s french thriller. that's also what i said friday night. but it didn't turn out to be executed that way, as opinions were shared. i did however structure the final scene in a way that echoes portions of the stabbing scene in the butcher. the scene's steadicam shot is long and interesting, slightly hypnotic
fun adventure day
i thought by today the abducted trailer would be available. it's not. accepted into a los angeles fantasy film festival, i'd have to search my email for the festival's name, but i sense the production is pleased with its entry. what'll motivate a trailer, idk, why isn't there already a trailer, seems like a trailer could be edited by now