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April 8, 2008

St. Nick Pick-Ups


We began our day of St. Nick pick-ups in a police station that Adam miraculously managed to gain permission for us to shoot in (this, despite our lack of production insurance). A few hours later found me encountering the police once again, this time from the back of the squad car I was corralled into after having been run off the road by a fleet of flashing lights and drawn firerams. The coppers had stopped us on suspicion of murder (seriously), and while I was pretty sure we'd get off on that count, I was all set to go to jail for an unpaid parking ticket. But either they didn't check my record or I don't have a warrant out after all, because they let us go with a gracious apology. I think they were just glad that we weren't the child killers they thought we were.

The second to last thing we shot that night was a scene we'd already bagged once. It was perfect the first time, but for various reasons we had to return to it, and I decided to try and save myself the trouble of reapproximating the initial version by approaching it in a completely different way. I don't know if it worked. Everyone did a great job, but something felt wrong about it. What initially took us forty five minutes to shoot now pushed three hours; what was intimate and warm was now cold. It drained me, shooting it, and by the time we got to the very last scene, ticking past midnight, my heart just wasn't in it. I've been in this position more than once, recently, and it ain't fun. Maybe it'll be fine when I look at it and cut it in (distance works wonders) or maybe I'll decide that the movie just doesn't really need that scene.


Regardless, we wrapped around one and everyone said hurried goodbyes and went home, exhausted. And that's how I ended up sleeping through the next morning. And that's how we finished shooting the movie. For now. Never say never, y'all.

Oh, and I'm super proud of the shot above because I built it from scratch. It cost thirteen bucks.

Posted by David Lowery at April 8, 2008 1:45 AM


Hey, i really was bummed that i couldn't go to the "call back" because of my school trip.

i am just wondering how production is going...i know i could have learned alot from yall.

Email me or something whenever the prouction is finished.

-Luke Lashley-

Posted by: Luke Lashley at April 10, 2008 9:29 PM