Wednesday, April 30, 2014

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 9

With the shoot winding down, we spend yet another day in the vacant home (provided by the very kind person seen in the video). If it seems like half of my shoot took place in this house, that's because it did! One more day and principal is/was over. I wonder if that rain outside will cause any problems on the final day...

Watching this video seems a bit misleading. It appears as if my set is just one big party! The actual shooting of a film can, for me, be one of the most rewarding phases of production. I always strive to make the set a very friendly, creative space that we can all enjoy. No matter what the stress level, I always want a good experience for all, so they might want to work for me again someday. Collection Day was a very enjoyable shoot.

Gloria (Julie Atkins) looks worried when two Collection Agents enter her home.

Friday, April 25, 2014

Tip: Checking On Set Power Outlets

When you show up to a location (or are investigating one), one of the first things you will look for are power outlets. In most modern locations you will never wonder if those outlets are active, but in older or questionable ones you may need to test those outlets to see if they have power or not. This will save you time during setup (especially if you have to go get a generator), as you don't want to get everything plugged in only to find that half or all of it doesn't work.

Something else to consider is the electrical integrity of those outlets. If they are wired wrong (again, only a problem in questionably maintained locations) you can risk damaging whatever equipment you need to power. Both situations can be solved by using a circuit tester which will not only tell you if there is juice there, but also if the circuit is wired correctly. These very handy units don't cost much (I bought mine at Wal-Mart for $5), are very compact, and can save you time as well as money. Get one!

The long and the short (and cheap) of checking available power outlets on location.

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

The Making of "Collection Day": Day 8

We're down to the final days of the Collection Day shoot, all of which took place in the vacant suburban home that we occupied for half of the schedule. After being on plenty of shoots outside where the cast and crew is constantly uncomfortable (all for the sake of the art, of course), it is always nice to work on a film in a controlled environment.

There were two occasions at the house when I didn't plan very well and I had an actor waiting around all day to perform (something I try to avoid at all costs). The good news was that it was in a temperature controlled home, with food and facilities (and a puzzle!) at the ready. If you have to make your actors wait around, at least make them wait around in style.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

The "Collection Day" Trailer is Here!

My thesis film is done and if you were one of the kind souls that donated $10 or more to my Kickstarter campaign, you'll be able to watch it online tomorrow night. If not, you'll still get to see it, it'll just take longer. For now, enjoy the trailer and I hope it makes you want to see the film that is going to get me out of grad school!


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