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April 17, 2017

OMATG Week 2


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We began our second week with 5am call times and finished with a 5am wrap. In between we shot some legendary material out at a beautiful Wyeth-ish farm. But! Let it be known that we only spent two days on pastoral loveliness. The rest of this movie takes place under grungy underpasses, on sunbaked freeways and in brutalist interiors.

I mentioned in my last entry that sick-to-my-stomach feeling that greets me each morning. Conversely, on the drive home most nights, I'm full of adrenaline, ready to keep shooting. I've been trying my best to nudge the latter mood to the start of the day. One thing that's helped is meditation. During the shoot of A Ghost Story, I tried this app called Headspace for a ten day free trial and found it immensely helpful in settling my mind each morning. As we were ramping up for this, I went ahead and bought a subscription and started again. I've been doing it each morning and it's become something I actively look forward to. I aim to recalibrate myself to feel excited about the opportunity each day brings, instead of feeling so woe-is-me as I drag myself out of bed, across the floor and into the car that will ferry me to my doom. I realize this sounds like an advertisement. So be it.

Speaking of recalibration, today actually marked the beginning of Week 3, and we started the morning off with a bunch of new cast members. It felt like we were making a different movie. We will feel this sea change at least once more during the last two-thirds of production...

Next week I'll tell the tale of young master Asher, the coolest kid who ever got plucked off the street on his way to school to be in a movie.

Posted by David Lowery at April 17, 2017 9:33 PM