Getting through the first two of our of twenty-one days of principal photography is no small feat. That's like filming half of a normal senior thesis film. Just think - I've been communicating back and forth with all these crew members that I've met through a friend of a recommendation of a replacement of a friend through email/text/phone call/Skype when I've been line-producing my way through pre-production. Now I see faces on set, say with my real voice (not in Tahoma pt. 12) "Hey, I'm Hannah Chu, the producer. Nice to see you in person!" and extend my hand to meet these real flesh-and-blood crew members. It was hard for me not to poke them and keep muttering, "You're real."
And boy, was it real. Really fun. Everyone agrees the actors are perfect for their roles. The greenscreen footage turned out uhhhhmazing. There were some little tangles and bumps along the way, but we all expected it on Day One of our set. Still getting used to each other and feeling out the territory. Start work needing to be filled out, and Exhibit Gs, and SAG contracts. Names to be attached to faces. Still finding our good production set rhythm. Catering/crafty was on point (shoutout to Mrs. Franklin!). I was bummed I couldn't have been on set for a bigger percentage of the day; I think I split it 40/60 between all the green screen action and my office-cave. I did manage to get some BTS photos that I'll post later!
This weekend of filming reminded me that everyone comes in with their own expectations of their positions, other people, and the way production is run, but there's a harmonious point that is best for Aventura that we're all gradually adjusting to, kind of like heliotropism (where I got that analogy, I don't know; I've been awake for WAY too long. 91 unread emails hoorah). Pretty soon we'll be like clockwork. I'm constantly underestimating the great attitudes and gracious nature of our crew members, both in good and stressful situations. This may be a deferred-payment film, but our crew performed no less professionally than a major studio feature's would.
It's so funny how the last thing the Aventureros and I shot together was Happy Birthday Dad! in one day and how we were dead tired after that (well, pre-pro crammed into three days will do that to you). That was the short sprint; this is the long marathon. It's a humbling and exciting thought.
I pass my fellow crew members on set, and when seeing their faces makes me relax more than stress out, I know this is going to be great.
I wish I could be in two places at once.