• Alan Wood, Director

First Day On Set

Updated: Sep 4, 2018

It was a wild first day of shooting! Here are some of the details.

Dana and Kevin ready to go to work.

More than a year of pre-production has come to a close as we rolled cameras on the set of our first feature film "Life's A Bitch And Then One Kills You."

Crew was on set an hour early after spending most of the previous week changing a normal, suburban garage into a makeshift art studio/kill room for our heroine. The first actor on set was called at ten in the morning and was in makeup right away. The makeup crew did a fantastic job covering an extensive tattoo that ran along Kevin's right torso.

Our first shot happened to be the opening shot of the film. So at 11:03 am on September 1st, 2018 cameras rolled: Scene 1 Take 1. Action!

We got it on the first take.

Setting up a shot in the kill room.

I purposely chose the simple opening, non-dialogue frame to begin shooting after reading the advice of several well known directors. They said to make the first shot of a film as simple as possible. It's a good way to get the ball rolling with a quick success. It certainly felt good to start off that way. I highly recommend that practice to any filmmakers reading the blog.

Kevin (Chase) marked with the ancient symbol of the New Moon Coven.

Things got progressively more difficult as the day progressed. But we pressed forward and in the end accomplished about 85% to 90% of what we planned to get done.

The actors were wonderful. Kevin's professionalism and sense of humor kept the crew laughing during some stressful moments as we fought through a few difficult shots that ate up quite a bit of time. Once Dana arrived, her upbeat enthusiasm and tremendous energy fueled the crew to keep pressing on into the night.

Dana (Anna) brings her incredible energy to set.

Our crew did a fantastic job as well. Our goal is to keep the set as laid back and easy going as possible. We're very focused on getting our shots, but we want to keep it loose. I think we approached that vibe for most of the day. I look forward to keeping that vibe and improving upon it as we progress toward wrap.

Kevin has a boo, boo.

We're incredibly happy with what we captured on day one. We're planning on doing some of the small pickup shots needed with Dana's character on the third Saturday. Still deciding on how to approach the other pickup shots and coverage we needed for the day one scenes.

Dana awaiting her call to set.

This week we move into the house. There will be five actors on set for the second shooting day. We're spending the week going over everything from storyboards, to props, to customizing wine boxes and beer bottles, to finding the best vegan cake recipe.

Creepy Bear and his toy.

That's all for now. I gotta get back to preparing for our next shooting day.

Moving forward...


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