Principal: Day 2

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August 18th, 2006 by Devi Snively (The Directrix)

Day 2:

devi paperwork smThe good thing about insomnia is it gives a girl time to rework the shooting schedule which would become a daily and sometimes hourly occurrence as various challenges made Plans A and plans B go by the wayside.

We got a lot of good stuff on day 2, but it was already starting to feel a bit overwhelming.  break smOur shooting schedule meant principal crew call at 11am every day, day shoot until 5-ish, then a break until the sun went down, crew call at 7, shoot at 8-ish until 5:45 am.  Those made for some seriously long days.  We had tents with cots surrounding the cabin and woods for those blessed with breaks, but certain key crew members worked around the clock.

I should probably mention that our credits in the movie seem downright asinine really.  I wish rather than trying to assign one or two specific titles to each contributing member of the team we simply could have put one title:

A Film by…

then the list of every cast and crew member in alphabetical order.  We all took on so many different roles as needed that to try and define any of them seems an exercise in futility.

spaghetti from hell smBut I digress.  Day 2’s biggest mistake was serving pizza for dinner right before the big spaghetti dinner scene that took place in the sweltering cabin kitchen.  D’oh!  I thought Zed was gonna wretch as he shoveled forkful after forkful of not so “ludalicious” spaghetti in his mouth in the numerous takes, poor thing.

I had it in my mind that I wanted to pay homage to that famous “That 70’s Show” 180-degree panning shot which proved far more difficult than we anticipated.  I shudder to think how many takes it took, how many carbs were consumed, and all for a shot we ultimately chose not to even include in the film – oops! Sorry, Guys!

But bless our cast; they endured.  Night 2 was a great shoot.    After, I was so looking forward to a good night’s sleep at last, but no such luck.  Day 2 of principal shooting was also day 2 of insomnia for me.  Oh well, as Scarlett o’Hara sagely reminds us, “Tomorrow is another day.”  And boy was it…

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