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February 18, 2015

Day 18 of 70

I remember well from our last film walking onto these exquisite sets that Jade Healy and her team had built and realizing with dismay that we would only be shooting on them for a day or two at most. So many amazing details, so much love and care - surely we needed to spend more time in them! It seemed a terrible and unfair thing, until that day or two of shooting passed and it became clear that even if we'd had more time there wasn't much more we could do in those spaces. In two days, you can shoot in every direction and cover a set pretty thoroughly. We'd used them about as well as a movie could.

I felt that same old feeling on Monday as I walked onto the sets that had been going up around us for the past few months. They were things of beauty; Jade started laying the groundwork for them way back in September, and now we had a week to shoot them out. The disparity between what had gone into them and what we'd use them for seemed massive. But now it's Wednesday. We've been there for three days and those three days feel like three weeks. The first of those sets will start getting dismantled tomorrow, and though I'd happily have spent another fortnight shooting on it, it's not because I could do it any greater justice than we already did. The same will go for the one tomorrow, same with what we shoot on Friday. They'll all be in the dumpster in a month's time, having done what they were designed to do.

On the bookshelves on one of those sets, coincidentally, I found a copy of Of Human Bondage. I'm going to keep it as a souvenir, with a strip of wallpaper for a bookmark.

Posted by David Lowery at February 18, 2015 3:16 AM