Okay, I made it to week 3. But I didn’t do this project alone, not by a long shot. I worked with 6 of my very favorite people, some of whom were in the first films I ever made.
Here’s what we did: I wanted to film a fight scene, because I haven’t done that legitly. Filming and editing fighting is a little different than other filming and editing. It’s supposed to be more frenetic and alive, giving the viewer a feeling of being in the action or alongside the characters.
I wrote a basic script outline, based off of an old project that involved sword fighting and elvish clothing. I say OUTLINE, because it was more like guidelines than a real script. We got half-way through fight choreography and decided to kill off a character.
I think I like guidelines.
Paul shot nearly all of it, and didn’t drop my baby.
Kevin allowed me to put lots of makeup on him and try on totally absurd costumes.
Anna choreographed all the fighting, and also fought our villain, Cody. Cody was a trooper with all the stuff we made him do.
Lindsey did script supervision, a coffee run, some makeup and other magical things behind the scenes. And Sarah let me get all in her face and then was tied up for a few hours without complaint.
We made some mistakes. I know this. There are some shots we should’ve gotten, some sound that could’ve been better. If we’d had the time we could’ve learned the fighting a few days before and really been dangerous.
But overall, these people did fantastic. Not only did they devote an entire Saturday to run around in elvish clothing and fall down in the melting, icky snow, but agreed to put it all on camera. I was very impressed that all 4 of the actors learned this fight in a few hours. And even without lines, I know exactly how they feel.
Special thanks to my boss, Jeremy, because he allowed us to use a lot of his equipment. When I told him we were filming sword fighting, he went a little pale, but trusted that no swords would be hitting any of his lenses. Thanks for trusting me, man. We didn’t let ya down.
This was my absolute favorite day of filming. Ever. In over 7 years. These are my friends, and also, apparently, my crew.