The energy

I’m having a debate as to why even write this blog post this early in the morning. I’ve been up for an hour. It’s 6:40am, and we’re on day 6 of 12 for the feature film Stuck.

I almost feel like I’m writing a handwritten journal, marooned on an island, writing about what people should not do and, to please, harken my warnings.

But the fact is, whether it’s nervous energy, worry, or actual excitement for the project, I can’t sleep.

We’ve accomplished a lot in a little amount of time, and have gotten three out of six difficult shoots behind us. Quite a feat for a, up until yesterday, a four person operation.

I look at the scope of what we’re shooting, and remember back to when I thought it might be a great idea for me to shoot the film myself, ala 5AM. I sit here and think back to that John a few weeks ago and think, what a moron. Not to be negative, you know, but to marvel at the naivete, or perhaps the hubris of wanting that much control over something that quite a few people have put faith into.

It was a very strange situation, how we came upon our trusted DP. A new friend of Julie’s, a volunteer, for fuck sake, who loves shooting, liked the script, and, after meeting for dinner one night, signed on to help us shoot this picture. He’s been nothing but wonderful, and if you have a chance to check out his other films, you should.

Julie’s been so wonderful these past few days. Not only as producer and sounding board, but as chef. We’ve been eating wonderfully on set, hah. Lynn, who’s in the middle of rehearsals for the latest Axis Theater project, has been invaluable when she’s been available.

Starting Sunday, we have a full time sound person, which is going to help tremendously.

We’re getting fantastic performances out of everyone. People tell me I’m doing a good job. I’m going to take them at their word.

I’m going to try and get some more sleep before call time at 9:30. This is one of our easier days, and then tomorrow we shoot a very fun scene, followed by a great dinner. Should be awesome.

Thanks for reading. Thanks to everyone for the support on Stuck. I really appreciate it!

John

Day 1 of production

Gosh, it’s been a while since I updated this.

We’re about a week out from principle photography on Stuck. I’ve been up since 5am because of the situation with the new cat. I found a close Starbucks that was open at 6am. Reasonably close. Now I have the jitters along with exhaustion, if that’s possible.

First, a couple of things. We added some cast. Brennan Lowery, who helped us on 8 for Vegas, Apophis, and Untitled Zombie Project, and Christian “Chopper” Jacobs, who I met through my friend Katie McHugh, and who helped us with Internet Affairs and UZP.

We’re very close to a complete cast. We’re also 5 days out on our fundraiser.

Here’s a teaser we shot for the film:

Interesting story. I spent about three hours one day trying to shoot my scene in the teaser. And I kept screwing up. Not good. Julie came by the following day and helped me out with what we released.

Now, the original plan was for Julie and I to take turns with the camera work. But after my foray into the teaser, I gave up on those plans. It wasn’t a control freak scenario, you understand. It was more of a budgetary issue, and working with what we had.

Luckily, Julie has a friend who was interested in helping us with our project. His name is Boofa, and he’s a very talented camera guy. We got to meet him and chat and got along quite well. Here’s a teaser for a documentary he shot/directed:

So. We’ve got most of the components set.

Yesterday, we shot some footage for the film with Britt Genelin. She’s an Axis theater member, she’s been in plenty of episodes of The Thing, are we’re all huge fans of hers. We were lucky enough to secure a great location from Marc Palmieri, and had a blast with the shoot.

I know I said we hired a DP, but he wasn’t around yesterday, so I shot those scenes.

If that work was any indication of the two weeks of production to come, this is going to be a very touching, very funny film.

Let’s see. What else.

We’ll be picking up a 2×4 Kino Flo on Tuesday and doing lighting tests with it and my other lights, which should be fun.

Rehearsals today and tomorrow. And then it’s basically continuing the break down the script, send out the schedule, and get started.

I couldn’t be more excited to get this project off and running. Even in my exhaustion and jitters I am feeling really great about things. Julie and Lynn have been simply wonderful.

That’s about all I’ve got right now. Follow us on Facebook, check out our new website for the film, and spread the word! Five more days to donate, and then we’re in the shit.

Thanks for reading.

John