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Thanks for the comments, guys! I’m really busy right now so I probably won’t be able to reply until next week.
The “Virus” shoot went wonderfully and I can’t believe how much fun I had. The only thing is we are really behind schedule and so starting tomorrow I am going to be going back and forth from Mexico to work until Monday.
I’ve established that I go into “TJ mode” when I shoot down there. That means doing anything to get the shot including taking risks and getting very very dirty. HeHe.
Israel wanted a shot of Giancarlo walking into the theater. Since it’s a post apocalyptic world there can’t be people or cars driving by. So we parked our cars in the middle of the street (no permit), opened the doors (used them a props in the shot) and yelled at people not to walk in the picture (even though some lady did anyway on the first take).
So then Israel is climbing a ladder to hurry up and get the shot and a cop rides by in a motorcycle! He starts asking questions but I think it was Jose who was holding him off while we got the shot. I was panicking because someone else was panicking from the cop so it was hard to concentrate because I was trying to yell up to Israel what measurement and f-stop (exposure) to set the camera at before he started filming. Giancarlo has to say (video nut) something like “who cares about measuring it? let’s just shoot it already” so I got very annoyed.
Anyway we got the shot and afterward I snapped at him not to question me again. I told him if I hadn’t had Israel set the camera it would have come out completely blown out (overxposed) and we would have gone through all that for nothing.
I think they all think I’m a little touchy now hehe. I don’t care though. All that matters is we all get along better now once I set everything straight.
I also have a horrible sunburn that hurts and is making my skin peel. It didn’t FEEL that hot at the junkyard, but three days there really did some damage. Ouch. I also have some bruises, but I don’t recall where any of them came from.
Funny story: At some point our crew (which was not exactly the most enthusiastic) all but disappeared and so it was just me and Isreal shooting some scenes without Giancarlo late Friday night. We were doing a “dolly shot” on some rickety contraption and after only one take the dolly busted and down goes Israel. He semi-dropped the camera but it fell on his leg and then rested on its side on the floor.
So of course, me being the gung ho DP rushed to him and gasped “is the camera okay??” and scooped it up in my hands while Isreal was lying there in pain. HAHA.
“Oh, I mean… are you okay?” I amended. His butt still hurts from that night.
So much more to tell, but no time to tell it. Let’s just say we have some awesome locations and over 65 different shots. Whooo.
Okay talk to ya later, gotta go!