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April 9, 2017

OMATG Week One

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I'm forcing myself to wind down at the moment, so I can get to bed by 9pm so that I can wake up at 3am to get to location by 5am to kick off the second week of production of The Old Man and The Gun with a nice pre-dawn shot of a fellow on a horse.

The first five days went off pretty much without a hitch, with wheels greased by the two days of prep we'd already spent shooting. We missed half-a-day on a process trailer due to a sudden thunderstorm, but other than that - this whole endeavor feels pretty breezy. I still wake up every morning with a knot in my stomach, thinking that I need to retire, but those feelings have been fading faster than usual. It's a pretty tightly knit group of friends we've got making this movie here, and there's nothing like hanging out in the presence of good pals, watching legends do their thing on super16mm. This movie feels lighter and scrappier than anything I've done. It's also the least intrinsically me of all my movies thus far, which is part of what excites me about it. I'm stepping outside my usual comfort zones a little bit.

I'm not going to post daily updates, the way I did on Pete's Dragon, but I might throw up some images and random asides here and there as we go.One of those asides is going to be a brief mention of Personal Shopper, which I saw at the Esquire Theater (my home-away-from-home here in Cincinnati) last weekend and have since become increasingly obsessed with. I haven't enjoyed thinking about a movie this much in ages. I went home and bought all the records by Anna von Hausswolff, whose music plays during the closing credits, and have been listening to them in lieu of making a return trip to the theater, which I nonetheless hope I'll be able to do next weekend.

Posted by David Lowery at April 9, 2017 6:51 PM