Sunday, July 12, 2009

Day 1 & 2 on Take Me Home: Hot!

Just wrapped Day 2 of the shoot of Take Me Home and the resounding theme has been heat! The first day we were doing a green screen shoot in a parking lot. We had our taxi cab in a parking lot and built green screen around it. 

We shot in Santa Monica so it would be cooler than filming in the hot San Fernando Valley. But it was still blazing. We went through tons of sunscreen and some crew were definitely red by the end of the day. 

We shot in a church parking lot as we needed a  large open space that wouldn't cost an arm and a leg. We made a donation to the church for the use of their parking lot. It worked out pretty well until.... 

When we got there we thought we would have their huge banquet hall for holding and base camp. But very quickly we found out that was not part of the deal so we found ourselves putting our little production office space and hair/M-U and wardrobe in the vestibule of the church. It felt a little sacrilegious to be working in a church vestibule and when the organ players came in to practice I expected Bella Lugosi to come walking out of the church. What a trip!

Then today we shot in a beautiful office in Downey but the A/C is turned off on the weekend in the building. We were sweltering! We bought standalone A/C units and they did not work well at all! I think I lost about 10 pounds in water. I reached levels of humidity I never knew I had. In fact, I don't think I will need a facial for a very long time after today!

The good thing is that we have been getting the footage we need and our cast and crew is really great. Everyone is super chill and so easy to work with. It's that kind of wonderful calm crew that makes each day even better. Love them all!

Well off to bed and another day. Hopefully the A/C will be working at our location tomorrow! 

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