Stars for a day

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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Butterflies, production schedules and bandaids

Kandy the film Dubbo FilmmakersWe’re now only about a day out from shooting Kandy and there’s a flurry of activity going on across Dubbo – equipment is being checked, and re-checked, lists are being drawn up and edited, catering is being ordered, tubs are being packed, last-minute wardrobe items are being chased down, the producer is madly sending instructions to the cast and crew…and hopefully someone is remembering to pack the first aid box.

Let’s just hope the first aid box is a precaution – but it’s about planning for the unpredictable. While we’ve had two rehearsals, many meetings, along with pages of email correspondence, scripts have been gone through, reviewed and edited again, you just never know what might happen on the day.

So, while we’re trying to deal with the butterflies by keeping busy with preparations for Saturday, the excitement of that first call of Lights. Camera. Action!, will no doubt let loose another cloud of the flying creatures on the day. Stage nerves are good though – they remind you you’re alive.

 

Final Kandy rehearsal before the shoot

The cast and crew of Kandy had two hours to do one final rehearsal before shooting the short feature film – next weekend.

It was a jam-packed two hours of meeting the hairdresser, having the first round of publicity photos taken, making wardrobe decisions, a round-table read-through (sans scripts) and finally a rehearsal shoot, complete with lighting.

Despite learning that there’s a lot of sitting around on set during these productions, the energy levels were high in anticipation of the polish required for the final performance in front of the cameras in a week’s time.

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First rehearsal for cast & crew of Kandy

It was the first rehearsal for the cast and crew of Kandy today – a full-on two hours on location to introduce ourselves to each other, run through the production schedule, read through, block in scenes, work out camera logistics, make some big decisions about styling and wardrobe and to generally get a feel for what will be an intensive few weeks in production.

The cast is:
Kandy – Billie Palin
Violet – Erifili Davis
Valerie – Brenda Allen
T-Bone – Justin Riley

One more rehearsal is planned before the shoot starts on 30 August. It’s an important time for the production, with every single member of cast and crew now impacting on everyone else involved. It’s down to business, and the reality that the film business isn’t really all that glamorous!

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