Posts tagged ‘guerrilla-style’

June 13, 2010

Random Scene: “Emma Cleans House”

Here’s a scene from about the halfway point in the movie, when Emma (Vanessa Long) finally gets to be alone in the house she grew up in, after being away for the prior 10 years. I really like the tone of the scene, and it’s a nice quiet moment before we get into the Poker Party scene. We shot most of the scene during the last day of the non-stop 6 days of principle photography, after most of the other actors had headed back to LA. The song used in the clip was “Bones for Dr. Swah” by the band Wooden Wand, but we couldn’t get permission, so I asked Nate Ballard (who plays Emma’s sort-of love interest Tad) to let me use one of his songs. When I can, I’ll upload the final version of the scene.

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June 9, 2010

Random Scene: “Construction Site Conversation”

This was our second attempt at this scene. The first location we went to kicked us out, so we drove around until we found this place, which turned out to be much better. I love the construction going on in the background, and the shot of Luke sitting alone with the construction equipment in the background is one of my favorite images in the movie.

June 9, 2010

Random Scenes: “Art Gallery Walk”

This is a scene early on in the movie that was cut to shorten the movie a few minutes, and because of potential issues with trying to get the art work cleared. It had appeared immediately after Emma had left Luke and Danielle at the bar, and just before she bumped into Tad at the street fair. I hated cutting it because I really like the feeling and Zamp’s photography and the way it meshed with my brother’s song, but in the end it had to go.

June 4, 2010

Random Scene: “Street Fair”

Since my Mac crashed I’ve had very limited access to the most up-to-date I’m On Fire files. So, while I wait to get it replaced/repaired, I’m going to post random scenes from the older version I submitted to Sundance and upload them here.

The Street Fair scene is early on in the movie, taking place immediately after Emma has an awkward reunion with her cousin Luke and his fiance Danielle. She bumps into Tad at the street fair in Palm Springs, and they have a nice walk and talk, which is a lot less uncomfortable than the prior scene. My original intention was to bookmark the movie with a pair of long, uncut dialogue scenes; this one with Tad and Emma and a driving scene with Luke and Danielle at the end. Also, throughout the movie, I wanted to avoid as many “movie moments” as I could — no voice overs, no sound track, no score, no montage scenes, and so forth. Unfortunately, we learned pretty quickly that trying to shoot an uninterrupted 7-minute guerrilla-style walk-and-talk scene with 5,000 people all wondering what the hell you’re up to is pretty much impossible, and because our audio guy didn’t show up, I knew trying to make this scene work the way I’d intended wasn’t going to happen, so we improvised and came up with this. I think it turned out well, given the circumstances. I’m most impressed by Nate and Vanessa’s work — they did nearly all their conversation unsupervised, as I was trying to keep Zampas from getting busted by the cops. The initial conversation between Tad and Emma is taken from one 8 minute clip with no additional coverage or direction. Also, the song used is “Josh Likes Me” by the band Mom; it was later replaced by “Boredom” by PATH.