Tuesday, October 14, 2008
The Production: Up-To-Date!
Alright, I've decided to play ketchup (catchup) and update everyone on the project. I posted waterskiing yesterday and realized that I've been slacking in my blogging duties. Forgive me. But before I delve into the production, here are some pretty pictures to look at.
Fishing: I know what you're going to say. "Fishing? Really? What, was butterfly catching already taken?" Look, fishing is a great activity that anyone can do. Particularly those who can sit for long periods of time. See my point? It's also a perfect way to get outdoors.
We'd already shot fishing. Unfortunately due to unwanted thunderclouds, we had to re-shoot the entire sequence. Kelly was a real trooper. He was patient the first time and even more patient the second. We met at Silver Lake, early in the morning. That's the best time to shoot at Silver Lake because of the way the light hits the trees and surrounding mountains.
We cruised through the shoot and were happy with the way things turned out.
I wasn't able to be a part of the next two shoots: sailing and kayaking. This had to do with my work schedule and the fact that I've used up all of my vacation time. I really wish I could have been a part of those shoots. Unfortunately, I'm working on this project outside of my "real" job. Which means any weekday shoots require the use of personal vacation time.
Jeff shot both and managed to get what he needed. Weather permitted him from getting ample kayaking footage. Weather has hampered our production at the most inopportune moments. We're now in crunch time, so of course... the weather gets worse more often than not.
Today, however, the weather was perfect!
Today, we shot archery. We were supposed to shoot archery and climbing. We hit a slight snag with climbing, but archery was an near perfect shoot. Robert Ackerman, our archer, did a fantastic job. Robert shot his bow and crossbow. We used a fake deer target, which kept looking at me the entire shoot. Very creepy.
Our location: The Spruces Campground. The campground is closed for the season, which was perfect because it gave us privacy and allowed us to shoot weapons without fear of killing anyone. Actually, we took safety precautions and made sure we were shooting towards a visible hillside. Robert is also an excellent shot. With the bow. Yeah, crossbow too. But mostly the bow.
The shoot was a lot of fun. We captured beautiful fall colors and some great steadicam shots. During the shoot, I made plans to reschedule our climbing shoot for this Thursday. I'll explain the climbing shoot in greater detail, once it's complete.
Until then... that's the production so far. I'm still editing and doing everything I can to stay sane. I'm gaining wait and getting cabin fever, but I'm optimistic about the production. As of today, we now have two more sports to shoot. Two! We've already captured 26 different activities, which is absolutely astounding.
Okay, you're up-to-date. Next... climbing.