So here you have it day one of the location shoot. A Monday and we shot 5 scenes. 3 before lunch and 2 after lunch. Two and three actors present and a few extras. As I said yesterday: simple goes a long way. A small local café and some heavy handed dialogue.
Up at 6 am (I was awake at 5) A heavy day of shooting the SOAP. Here is the story. As usual we got lost on the way to the set. Walter had to check the road map: 7:45 am. I keep calm and relaxed.
They can’t start without me so… I can never be late. And the production assistant on set has a ground plan. So he can brief the technicians.
When we finally get on set (just in time @ 8:02)…
A Café and the Sound van.
Let there be light. More light. (Fiat Lux @ 8:15)
…they’re busy putting up lights and dressing the set. Here is a secret: I never paper anymore. I have my shooting plans on my Ipad. I wish there were more places with free wifi! (whole day long)
Here they are discussing set dressing and mechanics. Do we need a glass of beer, whisky or wine? Read the screenplay! (@ 11:00) Can we please have a rehearsal ? Sure go ahead, here’s an actor. Let’s do another set up and a travel, change the light. Hurry. Or not: we’re on schedule. @ 12:00
@ 1 pm lunch break: soup, salad and tiramisu. Do I see some glasses of wine and beer ? Not yet…
@ 2 pm. back on the job ! Another set up, and a deal is made. Or not ?
@ 2:30 pm Extras have arrived, getting into character.
@ 3:30 reverse angle @ 4:00 Dirk & Daan do a rehearsal of the next scene.
@ 17:00 Last shot of the day, the extras want to know what’s going on between Eddy and Bob. Will they fight over a crate of beer?
And it’s a wrap. Get on the train back home
@18:00. And getting ready for tomorrow.