Archive for March, 2008

DAY 55 – FINALLY TWO DAYS OFF

Monday, March 31st, 2008
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We finally have two days off or let me put it right: the others have two days off. I have to work, otherwise we will never manage. We are still missing another house and a replacement for all the locations we can’t shoot at Hanna anymore. Question of the day therefore: Where do I find a restroom that looks like the one in Hanna? Someone from the ROTC class told me to try it in the Aquatic Center. I think it would fit, but who knows if I can convince Barbara. I’d better not tell her right away that the Aquatic Center belongs to BISD…

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Day 54 - 18th SHOOTING DAY:

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008
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Haake freaking out again. We arrive at the set (Aimee’s room) and Haake gets pissed off right away. He hates the room, has no idea how to lighten it so it looks good, a huge mirror is in his way, and the food on the set tastes like s*** (quote Haake).

What can I say, this is Haake. And like always, the scene looks good in the end. And although he’s been bugging me all day, there’s a smile on my face in the end.

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Day 53 - 17th SHOOTING DAY: LAUNDRY TROUBLE

Tuesday, March 25th, 2008
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We’re running out of time. Constanze is working 24/7 but as soon as we get up in the morning, there’s even more work waiting for us. While we are shooting, I am trying to cast people or to find locations for the next days by phoning heaps of people – all at the same time. When I get home, I have to do the laundry for some of my actors and have to go through the costume-lists (around 200 costumes). Last night the dryer broke down. So I had to put RJ’s clothes outside, so the sun would dry them. The hotel was packed with his shirts and pants. Oh, and now I gotta melt ice-cubes, so we have enough water for tomorrow’s shooting…

I need a drink.

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Day 52 – 16th SHOOTING DAY: NICE CALLS

Monday, March 24th, 2008
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While the others are driving around Brownsville in a public bus today, I do have appointments all day long. My mood is close to desperation, that’s why I have to work using a kind-of trick. I only allow myself to think of the next 2 shooting days. Not of the rest, because there is soooo much missing, it’s just not possible for me to handle this just by myself. But today I got a really nice phone call that cheered me up. It was the chief of the Security Guards at Hanna. He was telling me that the Security Guards really enjoyed the film shoot with us and even the dog we used for a drug-searching-scene liked it. See, that means a lot!

Day 51 - 15th SHOOTING DAY: WAKING UP IN FEAR

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008
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1st thought after waking up: I am not allowed to shoot at school any more.
2nd thought: I HAVE TO shoot at school.
3rd thought: I don’t have the main actor for today’s scenes.
4th thought: I will find a way.

Well. I guess, somehow we managed all these problems and made it through the
day. Thanks to the amazing ROTC Class at Hanna, that made it possible to
shoot at school. I also found my main actor for the scenes. His name is
Carlos. He’s from ROTC Class and I’m gonna try out more scenes tomorrow,
when we’re not shooting.

 

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Day 50 - THROWN OUT OF SCHOOL!

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
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We got kicked out of school today. There was no reason for that. We didn’t break any rules. The principal just left us a message, saying we had to leave the school within 15 minutes. She didn’t even tell us in person. No chance to talk to her.

So, when we were about to leave, I saw her on the parking lot, getting into her car. I ran to her car as fast as I could. She pretended not to see me and started the motor. I did not give up and knocked onto the side window of her car. You could see she really didn’t wanna talk to me but since it was too embarrassing to keep on pretending not to see me, she rolled down the window. I looked at her, took a deep breath and told her in the nicest way to have a nice day. She was so embarrassed, and she even seemed to be scared of me. She then rolled up the window again and took off. I don’t get it. What is this lady scared of? What makes her so mean?

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Day 50 - 15th SHOOTING DAY: FINALLY…

Tuesday, March 18th, 2008
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…the internet works again. I don’t know which problem the hotel exactly had, but it wasn’t bearable anymore. Thanks to the public library I could check my emails at least for an hour per day, but besides that you feel really lost without any connection to the wide world.

Day 49 - 13th SHOTING DAY: OUCH! TRUTH SOMETIMES HURTS!

Monday, March 10th, 2008
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As soon as we step into Homer Hanna High School, we get pelt by eggs and old food and…. Just kidding….But the truth is that we are confronted with so many bans and orders that you just get the feeling, you can’t even move one step to the side without getting a warning by the principal, Miss Alacon. Today I just wanted to borrow a latter for 2 minutes from one of the workers at school. Wham! Warning by Miss Alacorn: If I ever try to borrow a latter again, I’ll get thrown out of the school. Wow. All right. So, I guess, I will not borrow a latter again.

Then we shoot a scene with a police officer and security guards who handcuff two students and take them to the office. Wham! Warning by Miss Alacon: Nobody has ever been handcuffed at this school, she says, and accuses us of falsifying the truth. Then, one of the security guards replies that they’ve handcuffed students many times so far. I don’t get it. What’s her problem with showing everyday’s procedures? Well, I guess, somehow she must have a problem with it. Or us. Or life. Or whatever.

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Day 49 – WHAT THEY TEACH YOU AT FILMSCHOOL

Monday, March 10th, 2008
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You don’t wanna know how long I have already been studying at filmschool (luckily it’s really cheap in Austria), but the truth is: Whatever they teach you, you can’t use anyway. Even if they tell you hundreds of times that you must have your actors and locations BEFORE the first day of principal photography, the truth looks different:

Example 1: Shooting with an assistant principal at 1pm the same day: For weeks you have tried to reach her but you couldn’t as

- it’s holidays
- your desperate emails were ignored
- you weren’t able to find out a private telephone number or address

What to do? At 10am the same day you go into her office and have to convince her that she will come out in a movie at lunch break on her first day of work. Nothing easier than that.

Example 2: For the day after tomorrow you need an ROTC class. Same problems as mentioned above:

- it’s holidays
- no teacher could be reached
- today is the first day; some students show up at school again for preparing some stuff

In this case you go to ROTC 2 days in advance (now it’s almost too easy…) and believe that they can organize at least 15 students in uniform to come to school during holidays to do a little performance… Let’s see if the 1st Sergenat was right: he told me he will manage…

Day 48 - 12th SHOOTING DAY: BIG FIGHT AT SCHOOL

Sunday, March 9th, 2008
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A big rumble at school. Manni (RJ) fights Fuego. 2 gangs. 200 extras. And 5 Security Guards, who finally stop the fight. Coordinating so many people is pretty tough when you’re only a team of five.

So, by the time I come home, I’m super exhausted, ready to go to bed. Right then, I get the bad news: Miss Alacon, the principal of Homer Hanna High School decided to cut the 2 weeks of shooting down to one week. This means that there is no way for us to film all the scenes that we need. Miss Alacon refused to tell us any reason for her decision. She has just decided it and that’s it for us.

By the way, have I already mentioned that Miss Alacon is planning to build a fence around the school to keep terrorists out?


Moved Permanently.