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February 5, 2015

Day 10 of 70

Today was awesome, full of exuberant childhood adventure. Calvin and Hobbes stuff, with a touch of The Black Stallion. We were back in the woods, which lifted everyone's already indomitable spirits after three days on the backlot. The light was beautiful, there were ancient trees wafting in the breeze and everything worked just right.

The scene we were shooting involved the dragon - cast member # 20 on the call sheet - who at this point in principal photography is still something of a learning curve. We might set up a shot and think it looks amazing but then realize that we're not leaving room for the creature that will be running through the other side. We have a big head on a stick, and we have a life size inflatable dragon for reference, but nine times out of ten it's that old trick of accommodating for something that's not there. Our Weta team is on set helping us figure things out, and I always keep in mind something David Fincher said in regards to Benjamin Button, about how as soon as you treat your special effect like it costs sixty grand per shot, it stops being special and starts calling attention to itself. The way to make it work is to bury it in the frame and let it go out of focus. It still costs the same, but it ceases to be precious and therefore feels more real.

It's sometimes hard to bury something this gigantic in the frame, but luckily this movie takes place in a pretty big backyard.

We finished the day by shooting a surreal little scene in a red tent. I must have eaten something disagreeable and thought I was going to throw up the entire time. In an attempt to mask my discomfort, I think I had us shoot more takes than were actually necessary.

Upon wrapping, I checked my phone and saw that I'd received the following e-mail from a concerned moviegoer:

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While I appreciate the friendly pointers, I regret to inform this viewer that not only is my mustache long gone and likely never to return, but that I wish I'd cut out of even more interesting moments in the movie than I already did. It's not boring enough!

Posted by David Lowery at February 5, 2015 4:53 PM