Thursday June 05, 2013
Shoot, day 1
My ride arrived, the very pleasant
who, after we'd been talking for a time about worldly things, I asked whether he was an AD, PA or what.
It turned out he was one of the
on the film; he'd initially bought the rights to
Into the Wild,
although due to the Studio System, he goes uncredited.
It also turned out he lived very close to me, so his being my ride was in no way out of his way.
Without much traffic, we arrived before my calltime, and the voucher was a surprising single page, no intrusive government forms either, which is always fine by me.
There were ten of us, nine passengers and myself as dining car bartender.
Abigail and her friendly crew
Tiffany and Y.J.
did me up
We were brought to set around noon, and they continued setting up the shot until eventually breaking for lunch around "1pm."
were brought in, and Justin was as friendly as he was on
chatting with us about films he seens recently, far past and those to which he looked forward to seeing with great anticipation.
Lunch was okay: good mashed potatoes, cauliflower and broccoli, and some mystery-meat meat-sauced meatloaf thing that was nearly crossed the threshold of being Far Too Spicy.
Back on set, it was noted that they needed At Least One More person in front of the bar, so they wrangled Chad into doing it.
This was amusingly ironic as, on the drive up, I'd mentioned his looking familiar
(which he gets a lot),
but he stresses never having done anything in front of the camera.
Eventually when they shifted angles, and it was clear we were unlikely to be seen, or at least not read us properly, Chad departed.
(Remember that I do
believe in providing storyline spoilers myself
[such often currently and/or eventually being
readily available Elsewhere
in my report/s I generally convey indications of where most likely I can be seen.)
At one point I did show Justin the good
of "the two of us" from
which he found hilarious
(jokingly saying he was no longer "as attractive" as he was back then),
and he endevoured to re-create the shot.
Due to time constraints, we weren't able to manage it, but indicated we could try again Saturday.
At the end of the day he was kind enough to
take another photo with me
in a more "proper" with-each-other pose.
We were wrapped, and being 7:15pm+ notwithstanding, we were signed out at 7pm.
The production offices were in Sherman Oaks, literally a block away from my mail-matter rental box, a solid 44 miles away, but they only gave us 14 miles, essentially using a loophole of a surrounding 30-mile radius around the production offices.
At the end of the day, Stephanie assured us they would clarify with SAG as to whether this was accurate, as negating 30 miles for people driving 44 miles
(and even some driving even more than that),
was not exactly very equitable.
As I changed out back to my civies, I indicated to Abigail my earlier noting someone's copy of
Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire,
and one of her crew was finally reading
the rest of them already having done so.
It turned out Abigail was into cool, spooky and paranormal things, so I gave her my information on
The Paranormal View,
and how she could listen to the show.
Understandably, Chad couldn't leave right away, but not too long afterward, they did finally wrap for the day, and after a quick meeting, Chad scooted me home, our looking forward to an albeit early Saturday call
as between basecamp and the set sits a winery that apparently has a wedding and reception scheduled for Saturday, so we don't yet know how loud they could choose to be.
The reception wouldn't start until 7pm, so a goodly portion of filming could get done.
As it was, today got in more than expected, plus some pick-up shots to handle stuff from the day before, the day before being the first day or principal photography of an 18 day shoot schedule.
I did inquire as to how it was the project seemed so keen to have Me
(enough to have me picked up and brought home each day),
when "normally" they could just someone else.
Chad told me that the film's director
really liked my Look.