Tuesday, October 26, 2004
Shoot - Day One
From Universal Studios we drove out to the location, actually in Delano, a little berg north of Bakersfield.
We stopped first for lunch a mile or so from the location.
The location was a private home which also was part ranch.
There was a guest house at the back which technically was "holding," but we
barely ever really used it.
Upon entering, co-star
and I realized there were blankets and pillows on the sofa.
We jokingly winced at each other, as we had wondered if we would be sleeping on sofas.
We later learned those were for the crew.
A few minutes after we'd arrived, sudden rain came down in torrents, accompanied by high gusty winds.
Césare received word that the mountain pass through which we'd driven
(our only route back),
blocked in by snow.
Another private home was used as the final scene clock-room.
Césare had had enough experience to know that while he had a film camera, to have a hi-def camera as well with which to check as playback.
Good thing too.
The film camera broke down.
Calling technical support didn't help; it became clear the movie would have to done on digital.
We filmed most of my scenes the first day, including Lara as my wife Edith, undressing me
(down to my
boxers, at any rate).
When it got too late to continue, Césare drove us and took out to dinner, then began to ponder up in which hotel to put us for the night, a minor detail that probably should have been taken into account earlier than the shoot weekend.
Co-star Lara Black realized she'd actually been at the local Super 8, so we were put up there.
Lara got her own room and James and I shared a room.
Jumping channels, one of my favourite X-Files episodes was on: War of the Cocrophages
(the second in what I call the Scully-dog trilogy of comedy episodes).