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February 20, 2015

Day 20 of 70

There's a particular mood on set when the end of a production is nigh which reaches its apex on the last day of the shoot, where a sense of fun and celebration seeps in between set-ups. Each shot brings you closer to wrapping, and spirits rise a little bit more with the end of each take. All around, trucks are being packed up, sets are being torn down. A sense of completion is everywhere.

This is the first time I've been on a movie where that feeling comes well before the production ends. It was there all day today, as we finished up our Wellington leg of the shoot. I can't believe we're all done here. After we wrapped, I packed up my desk, shredding old schedules and sketches and costume designs (I kept all my badly drawn storyboards for posterity's sake). Toby took down all the Morrissey posters that have thus far decorated the production offices of every movie we've made. This weekend we become mobile, decamping for the deeper forest in the upper regions of the North Island. We'll be on location for the next month, at which point I presume that culminative feeling will surface once more, to give us one last gust of wind in our sails before we head South for the final wintry weeks of production.

I need to look over the schedule and take stock of what's ahead of us. We shot so much in the past few weeks - and this past week especially - that I halfway feel like we've got most of the movie in the can already. I also need to take stock of some extra rations of oregano oil and echinacea and garlic pills, because we definitely don't have most of the movie in the can and I'm feeling intense and sudden pressure (from myself) to stay healthy. I'm trying to drink less coffee and more tea. Thus far this has meant drinking as much coffee as normal plus tea, but I might get the ratio right at some point.

Posted by David Lowery at February 20, 2015 6:27 PM