Stars for a day

Dubbo Filmmakers Kandy the film

It’s been months of planning, refining and rehearsing (pre-production), and a full day of shooting (production). But now what? The lights have been turned off, the cameras packed up, the rubbish put out and everyone has gone home, resuming their former pre-film lives. Or, have they?

The day of the shoot started before dawn, with minds alert and ticking over all the things that could, should, would happen that day. The first of us arrived on location at 7.30am in time to set up and get the make-up underway. By 9.30am, the 1st AD (assistant director) was calling everyone on to the set and it was sometime after 10am before the cameras were rolling.

The process throughout the rest of the day, was one of positioning cameras and the boom, positioning actors on the set, blocking in movements and positions, adjusting, shooting, reshooting, breaking to dump data from the cameras, whilst dealing with wardrobe malfunctions, refuelling bodies, reviewing scripts and rehearsing lines before the whole process started over again.

Prior the last scene coming to life for the cameras, the clapper presented the last slate of the shoot announcing “We really did it!”. The scene was shot and the producer called “It’s a wrap” at about 5.45pm. No more lines, no more scenes, no more makeup or hairspray required. Time to clean up, pack up and turn out the lights.

Celebrations were had the following night with the wrap party – sharing stories from the set, video spoofs, a glimpse of some of the real action and stills from the day, over champagne and Thai food. There was a feeling of euphoria evident in the unanimous “Yes” to the director’s question about whether we’d do it again.

It has now been several days since the wrap party and we aren’t talking about the lead up to the shoot any more and the stylistic development of our stars – the characters of Kandy: the film. That’s done. Now it’s about the editing process, the soundtrack that needs to be written and the marketing…the trailer, the billing poster, the merchandise, the editorials, online content generation and publicity opportunities. Our cast have probably resumed their previous lives, but for many of the crew, we’re now in full post-production swing with only 10.5 weeks until our debut at the One Eye Film Festival on 14 November.

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