Birdland Diaries: Day Nine
by Katrina G
After a tiring and kinda tense final day at our condo location, we switched it up with one intense day at a bar on Queen West. The bar was one of those long, narrow places where there’s hardly enough room for ten people to maneuver, let alone a crew of nearly 30, some actors and 12 feet of dolly track for the camera.
In the end, the small space ended up being a bit of a blessing. We didn’t have much room to move the camera around, which actually meant we spent way less time on setups than we normally do. Thanks to our brilliant DoP, we switched up the angles just enough so that we don’t have too many scenes all looking the same (that’s extra-boring to look at).
We didn’t quite get through the entire schedule, but we got closer than we have in ages – nearly eight full pages of pretty meaty scenes done. We really only missed one scene, and it’s one that can easily be rescheduled to one of our later days at a location that is going to ultimately be matched to the bar and made to feel like it’s all part of one large space.
Of course, when I say “easily rescheduled” I mean “we can make the location look right”. I don’t at all mean that it will be easy to find time in an already overstuffed schedule to add more scenes. That will be a touch challenge, one that I am trying to solve as we speak.
By Day 9, I felt like I was finally hitting my stride in terms of being able to actually be helpful and supportive of the director on set while being mindful of the schedule and keeping things on track. Of course, it took me nearly two thirds of the shoot to get there and then we broke for our second weekend, but hey. Better late than never!
After several days of anxiety about falling behind schedule, it felt especially good to end the week with a bang, but it also made me nervous about the ambitious two days we have scheduled at the end of week three. The question (not un-asked, but definitely not answered either) of what we will actually do if we don’t end up with the entire movie shot by the end of this 16 days hangs very heavy over my head.