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February 4, 2015

Day 9 of 70

Today, a paean to two invaluable assets on our set.

First: to those crew folk who have somehow risen above the need to pee, I offer a warm salute. Be you the cameramen wedged into tight spaces for entire scenes or the ADs who never take leave of their set or the grips stationed atop a crane for half a day, I am deeply impressed by and forever grateful for the strength and fortitude of your bladders.

Second: to the actors who perform opposite the four-year-olds I consistently cast in my films, thank you for co-directing the scenes with me. At the end of the day, no one's ever going to get the performance out of these little tykes quite so well whoever is holding court opposite them. Will Oldham proved this when we made Pioneer, as did Rooney Mara on Ain't Them Bodies Saints. Today, two fantastic actors did the lion's share of the work in creating a scene with the best little boy you could ever open a movie with. My hat's off to them both.

Speaking of four-year-olds and Ain't Them Bodies Saints, here is Cake Jail, out favorite outtake from that film. I think we shot Pete's Dragon's equivalent today. It will be called Hunting For Alligators.

Posted by David Lowery at February 4, 2015 1:10 AM