Posts tagged ‘palm springs’

August 10, 2010

Deleted Scene: Tad’s Party Montage

With the DVD release (unofficially) only weeks away, I should be coming up with more deleted scenes to show here. To help move things along (and to get Emma back to her house a bit quicker), we recently revamped this sequence from Tad’s party midway through the movie. But even with the montage sequence in place of a few scenes, the party felt like it was running a bit too long, so we decided to cut this sequence out entirely. I think it was a good move, with the only downside that the song — “Mona Lee” by The Sweet Serenades — gets dropped entirely from the movie. However, the good news is I’m leaving it on the soundtrack since it’s so freaking awesome.

August 2, 2010

Random Scene: “Emma Leaves Home (Again)”

Here is a rough cut of the Big Emotional Climax from the movie. Luke (Ryan Stone) and Danielle (Tara Everhart) continue their argument about Emma (Vanessa Long), and Emma decides it’s not realistic to try and stick around any longer. The song is “Everybody Here is a Cloud” by Cloud Cult. We have a few edits to make (example: weird black flashes, huh?) but it’s mostly finished.


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.