The last few weeks have been a whirlwind. Have you heard this terminology from me before? Something is familiar here...
One of the biggest, bestest, most amazingest moments of note is we began production on Sidestep Film. Like. It's happening. Like. We completed one whole scene (well...half of the whole since we'll be cutting between this and our lead's face throughout). And not just ANY scene, but the one that takes place in New York City with Forest VanDyke playing our lead's best friend, Michael.
I have to say I was moderately heart broken when I found out we'd have to push the shoot dates for the San Antonio Unit, but I wouldn't have it any other way now. This thing wanted its New York voice heard first. And we all heard it. It felt good to kick this it off in my element - dodging on-coming traffic through a crowded crosswalk full of elbowing pedestrians.
My heart is singing.
I can't describe the sense of flow I feel when we're filming. And even when we're working through technical difficulties (which is inevitable). We've all come together to create something special. And how freaking lucky are we that this is what we're doing today?! I mean. Come on. We are full on guerrilla-style filmmaking with our skeleton crew of seven. This is pretty great.
And this team! Let me tell you about this freaking team!!!
Forest provided us all with the highest quality of performance. Funny yet heart-warming.
Rich showed up with some great stedicam skills. Intuitive and effortless.
Taylor jumped in and somehow filled in all the gaps. Like. All of them. Communicative and strong.
Trevor brought a sharp eye to his AC skills. Pleasant and focused.
Marc did whatever it took to get the sound right. I mean...whatever it took.
Kat jumpstarted the project's aesthetic dressing Forest in the hottest wardrobe. Fierce and unapologetic.
Camden kept us on time, nourished, and safe. Vital (and lovely!).
Everyone had a great demeanor and was a joy to collaborate with. You know people love what they do when they want to continue working after scheduled wrap. "One more take" was requested and quickly granted. Maybe more than once. Thank you, to each of you who made Day One of Sidestep such an incredible joy.
I hope to work with each and every one of these folks again on future projects.
Next up...huge meeting this week to map out our plan of execution over the next several months. Making this thing happen.