6 weeks since my last post. That’s disappointing. John Le Carre wrote “The Spy Who Came In From The Cold” in 6 weeks. Needless to say I’ve been really busy trying to wrap the Jones McCree concept trailer and we’re pre-production for How We Got Away With It. It wasn’t until last week that I realized how long it had been since my last post. The thing that spurred my realization was reading my buddy Seth’s blog. Seth is in the middle of shooting his first feature; which he wrote, is directing, producing and acting in. And, to be clear, this isn’t Seth messing around with a group of friends, Brian Cox is playing the title character of the film. Yeah. Seth’s hustling. It’s a beautiful thing.
Anyway, I’d been reading Seth’s blog, Watch Me Make A Movie, leading up to shooting. I figured that he wouldn’t be blogging during shooting because I know how busy he’s going to be. I was wrong. He’s been blogging every day. Remarkable.
So you can see the guilt I was feeling at letting my blog go to waste. Thanks for the inspiration Seth. And check out his blog. It’s fantastically honest, transparent and exciting to follow his journey.
A few things to catch up on How We Got Away With It: We’re fully funded and we’ve got 75% of the cast and crew. We’ve been hustling too.
I have learned so much working on the preproduction of this movie. I said to my buddy: “you wouldn’t learn this in a year of film school.”
Yesterday I completed a Script Breakdown which consists of going through every scene in the movie, of which there are 146, and tracking the characters, props, cars, stunts, wardrobe, sound, extras… It’s a lengthy process. But very beneficial; from the Breakdown you generate a schedule, prop lists, and everything that will be required on camera.
On top of my producing duties, I’m also hitting the gym hard. Bulking up for Will, the character I’m playing. That’s been a very demanding but exciting process of its own. I’m whats called a “hard gainer”. Which means it’s hard for me to put on weight/muscle mass. So to help with the process, on top of a strictly regimented lifting plan, I’ve been drinking 3 protein shakes a day. Now that I’m a month into it its become second nature. But at first it was really tough to get all the shakes in and still eat. But I’ve settled in to a good rhythm and I’m happy with the gains I’ve been making. On the other side of the coin, McCaleb has been slowly loosing weight. The contrast should create a nice dynamic between our characters as well as help inform why Henry, McCaleb’s character, needs my help.
I picked up some new gear over the last week which I’ll be posting about this week.