We wrapped principle photography last night for “WHAT’S UP LOVELY” — what a ride it has been.
Our small crew finished around 2:30am and went to celebrate at a local pub in Brooklyn and basically got kicked out at closing. I feel sorry to those who had to get up early this morning to head to work. In fact, my DP is still sleeping as I write this blog. He and I actually headed home and popped in John Carpenter’s THEY LIVE and had a late night (or early morning?) meal with some white russians (ummm…the drink).
This film shoot has been an amazing experience. I’ve learned so much and am very proud of the work that everyone has put into it.
Varner and Dees have blown me away with their talents — I just hope I can keep up my half of the deal and deliver a quality film. Editing the film will be an immense task, but I’m eager for the challenge.
What started as a 14-day shoot expanded to 21 days due to all the creative juices that flowed from the shoot. As each day passed, we had new ideas that we wanted to explore and film which made this project so intriguing and daunting at the same time. Let me say that it was a luxury to be able to view the footage each day so we knew immediately if we needed to reshoot or do a pickup shot (which we did a few times).
Most everything was improv. Again, the 8-page treatment was just a solid blueprint — and like a great jazz tune we started to riff off ideas and go to places that were unexpected. This film will be very different from anything I’ve done in the past…..and I love that.
If you haven’t seen the teaser yet — here it is: