EPK Day 5 (Proxy Production Experience-July 30, 2012)
On this day we found ourselves at a beautiful house location for the characters played by Alexa Havins and Joe Swanberg. Right out of the gate, I knew this was going to be a fun day. We did a driving shot with Alexia Rasmussen-director Zack Parker and myself in the back of the pickup truck-old-school style; exhilarating. Then we picked up a few shots of Joe, Alexa and little Xavier outside of the house. And I had an opportunity to get a couple of impromptu interviews. One with Writer, Kevin Donner, and the other with Special Effects artist James Ojala.
My interview with Kevin happened by accident. And, although he seemed a little apprehensive about being in front of the camera, once he got going he was so well spoken it was as if someone had written lines for him to deliver. You could see why this person is a writer-when he answered questions and relayed stories he spoke in a perfectly descriptive yet entertaining beginning middle and end. It’s hilarious how kind and friendly this talented family man is when you think about the dark, disturbing subject matter that makes up the world of PROXY.
Meanwhile, the crew moved from exterior house shots to interior. Once again, this location proved to be rich with imagery. This was Joe Swanberg’s first day on PROXY and you can see why he was cast in this role. He brings an impromptu realism to his work that feels very honest and in the moment without pushing. You could also see that actress Alexa Havins was having a good time playing with his style of scripted improvisation as the scene unfolded, she is quite adept at adjusting and being open to different acting styles.
During the ‘golden hour’ I was able to step outside and grab a quick interview with the incredibly talented Special Effects artist James Ojala. The light was perfect and as he answered my questions he continued to solidify his professionalism and creativity by describing some of his process on how he created different aspects that we will see in the film. He’s also a warm and friendly man who takes his job seriously and knows how to deliver the goods.
The shoot went into the night and ended with a little bit of behind the scenes drama when the DIT noticed that we were having some playback issues with the proprietary RAID system they have been transferring all of the footage to. After some research, it seems the footage is safe and all is good. However, it didn’t stop our Producer from making sure we added a secondary backup transfer to the process, to ensure that everything that was shot would be there during post production. And, for me, the shoot continues to be a hardworking busy experience but exponentially fulfilling.