“DARK SOULS” – Day Eight (08/09/2007)

Cast On Set: Leah Baulch (Carrie), Clare Martin (Julia), Will Huang (Eric), Sarea Coates (Waitress)

Crew: Pat Gallagher (Director/DoP), Ric Manley (Location Audio), Christian Doran (Key Grip), Hana Tow (Script/PA), Linda Thomson (Makeup), Grim Dan (Grip)

This was the shooting day that nearly didn’t happen, and in fact we were only able to shoot one of the two scenes planned for this weekend.

First up was the coffee shop scene. As mentioned in the previous diary entry on scheduling, the location we originally had organised fell through the week before. Luckily a local restaurant, Teatro Vivaldi’s, came through for us.

Myself, Leah, Clare and Linda the makeup person arrived at the location at 8:30am. We weren’t actually due to gain entry to the restaurant until 9:00am, but because we had promised to be finished just after midday, we started on makeup while we were waiting outside in order to maximise our time inside the location.

Once inside, we quickly set up for the shoot. Lighting was once again achieved with a diffused redhead and two dedo lights, as well as the location’s practical lighting. This is starting to look like my standard setup, as it’s both quick and flexible when pressed for time, as we have been on most shooting days for one reason or another.

In order to fill the restaurant slightly, Linda, Crick and Dan sat in as extras.

I’d storyboarded the opening shot as a track in on Leah and Clare sitting at a table. Once I looked at the setup, I decided to actually use the jib instead, following Sarea, playing the waitress, carrying the coffee from the bar down to the table. It worked quite well, although it took several takes to get right. I’m gradually getting the hang of the ins and outs of this new jib.

Things got a little rushed towards the end, but we finished on time with everything in the can to my satisfaction.

Some frame grabs from the day's footage can be seen here.

The second scene for the day unfortunately didn’t go as planned. In fact, it didn’t go at all.

A dialogue scene in Eric’s car as they flee from Danso, the bad guy, was planned for the Saturday night. The intention was to shoot it against a green screen, as I figured it would still look better than the usual low budget process of shooting from the back seat.

We were set to shoot in the nice big backyard of some friends, where we had room to set up a 3m x 6m green screen with several feet of separation from the car.

Unfortunately it started raining early in the day, and kept up a steady drizzle for most of it. I made the decision just after we finished the restaurant scene to cancel the evening shoot. Even if the rain stopped (it didn’t) the backyard would be a bit of a bog, and running power leads for the lights through wet grass didn’t seem like the best idea.

So, one scene down, and another one that has to be rescheduled. At least we’re still moving forward.