Birdland Diaries: Day Fourteen
by Katrina G
This was a pretty challenging day. First of all, it was crazy ambitious. We had about ten pages scheduled and we all knew going into it that it was going to be tough to get through them. The first few scenes were time consuming through no fault of anyone’s, simply because they were tough scenes. One involved some tricky nudity that took a while to “stage” and the other involved a stunt that had to be rehearsed and shot multiple times, from several angles, in order to make it look right. There was sex, there was action, there was all kinds of stuff that can’t just be shot in a single take.
The first half of the day went smoothly enough, but after lunch we got caught in a trap of our own making. We tried to “hurry”. This meant that through a sequence of events that I won’t bore you with, we ended up painting ourselves into the corner of having to use a shot that the director really hated. We were stuck, people were slightly on edge, and we ended up taking a breather and deciding to redo the entire scene from a different angle. Yes, that ate up a lot of time, but the end result was a much better and more beautiful shot.
The day was about as difficult as any we’ve had so far, especially because we’ve run out of “later” to reschedule the scenes we had to drop to, but I still feel pretty good about the footage we got. Yes, we got less of it, but we didn’t compromise quality, which is way more important. Our actors, bless their sweet little hearts, are all brilliant, and we would be nowhere without their continued dedication and the amazing performances they’re delivering even when things slow down or get a bit chaotic on set.
I got home from this day more tired and also more amped up on post-show adrenaline than I’ve been in a while. It took a long time to wind down and be able to go to bed. Which is kind of awful, given the fact that it’s the fifth day of a six day week and the final day of the week will be a MONSTER.
It’s ok, though. I’m the Monster Killah.