EPK Day 3 (Proxy Production Experience-July 28, 2012)
Intense. That’s the word that comes to mind when many people describe this film. It’s also the word many people use to describe the movie making process. Some have said it’s like going to war. Some days it’s magical, other days it’s challenging beyond measure. On this day of filming it was a little bit of both.
The plan was to shoot on location at a house, then move to an alley on the other side of town, then move back to the house. A rough but necessary schedule-company moves are never fun, especially when you have multiple moves in one day.
Everything went pretty smooth with the morning and company move to the alley for the afternoon work. But this… is where the fun began. Aside from the heat, which was really rough (I’m just not used to that Mid-West muggy, saturated, heat), the alley shots also seemed to go well (I even found myself a fantastic bird’s eye view from above which allowed me to get most of my footage without disturbing the tireless work of the crew). The biggest roadblocks came from the changing cloud cover. It not only effected the main production but I found myself constantly having to adjust my camera every time the clouds came and went. It slowed down production a bit, but the cast and crew prevailed, running just a tad behind.
Then the big road block-for the exterior shots of the streets with our lead character the production planned to use a steadicam system. The setup for the system took longer than anticipated and put us behind schedule. However, everyone (including our Superman style steadycam operator) rushed to get the shots we needed before the sun went down. We made it, with a little sunlight to spare, but had gone over schedule, meaning we would have to push the company move back to the house to another day.
For myself, capturing these moments and seeing the tension on set through the camera, it almost seems surreal. And being an EPK crew, you’re a part of it, and you’re a part from it enough to know when to shoot, when to watch, and when to walk away and give people some breathing room to figure out the plan of action. But I’m always amazed at the determination that film crews have in these types of situations. They are not only interested in winning the battle (getting the scene in the can) but in winning the war (finishing the entire shoot). You can tell a mature set (which PROXY definitely is) when there are lots of tense things happening yet nobody is yelling. People are just doing their job to the best of their ability-and making it happen. And that speaks volumes to this hard working cast and crew as a team of people with one common goal in mind-finish the film!