02 July, 2007
First two days of filming
It has finally happened. Russell has begun filming his first full length film. Actually, it is the first film he has ever planned to film all the way through, with a script even. I'm not afraid to say everyone was iffy. No one had read the script yet. We had no idea what we were going to be doing. I think we were all kind of a little nervous.
Shooting began late. I mean late late. we got rolling around 12:30 at night for a day scene. I had no idea how Russell planned to light it but when the lights went on it was amazing. It's the best lighting I've ever seen on a film set. Well, I haven't been on many but talk about wow!
We all got a chance to see the first shot when it was finnished. It was a dolly shot that covers almost the whole room. I almost cried when I saw how beautiful it turned out. It was then when I realized how awsome Russell is. He barely made it out of highschool, he never even tried to go to college and now he is living his dream that he has made himself.
Now all of us are in. My oldest brother Tyler is deffinately the organization of this project. Russell told me yesterday morning that when Tyler had to leave at 3:30 am he couldn't believe how unorganized his thoughts were. He said that Tyler can stand there and ask him questions about everything that the shot involves and when he is done the lighting is where it needs to be, the camera is set, and the actors are ready to go. Tyler is Russell's biggest asset on this movie.
Billy is great. He is so awkward on camera. It's so funny to see his little twitches. He has this scene where he runs in the room and scares everyone. There is a green light on his face, smoke coming from behind and the wind is blowing. It's awsome!
We don't have one paid actor or crew member in this whole movie but you couldn't tell by the way it is done. The acting with Krystal and Marty is superb. I can't wait for another day of filming.
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