Archive for April, 2008

DAY 76 – SHOOTING DAY 35: CONSTANZE GOES TO COURT

Monday, April 28th, 2008
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New experiences every day… First an actor doesn’t show up, I reach him in Mexico. He said he is coming only not to show up in the end. Then RJ nearly got hired for a shrimp boat for real and I have to fight for shooting permissions. As we wanna shoot a beachparty at the beach of South Padre Island next weekend I had to go to court today. I applied for the permission already last week, but yesterday I got a phone call from the Filmcommission that the court will decide about my motion today.If I’m lucky they will just agree to it, if not I have to speak in front of the court… I never heard about that before that you have to apply for a shooting permission at court, but whatever. Of course I was not lucky and after waiting a long ass time and listening to a lot of other applications I finally went to the little platform. Honestly I had no idea what exactly they wanted from me - so I just told them about our project and how great it is to film in Brownsville and how much support we get and so on - which is the truth but which I thought might help. And that was it. They didn’t even ask me what exactly we are planning on the beach, I just had to sign a contract and could finally leave. After that no one in Austria can say anymore that our administratic offices work too bureaucratically.

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DAY 76 - SHOOTING DAY 35: SHRIMP & BEAUTY PARLOR

Monday, April 28th, 2008
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The Shrimp Place was AWSOME! What a location for a movie!!! Of course, there was still a problem: One main actor for the scenes didn’t show up. So, I just decided to try out the scenes with the owner of the shrimp place. But it didn’t work out that well. I had no choice than to try out one shrimper after the other. And there he was: A real talent: the owner’s oldest son. Yep, we shot the scenes with him and they turned out super-good. Before we left, we got huge shrimp for the team. Wow, these people were really nice. After that we drove back downtown to a beauty parlor, where we shot a scene with Aimee and her mother. Again, wonderful shots. In between I had to give an interview for Channel 6. They asked me where Constanze was and I told them about her trying to get a permission for shooting at the South Padre Island. By the way, you won’t believe what Constanze already had to go through to get that permission. That’s really an awsome story!!

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DAY 75 - HELP! I NEED A SHRIMP PLACE!

Sunday, April 27th, 2008
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Today is Monday. Which means, tomorrow is Tuesday. And that means that we’ll shoot at a shrimp factory. Too bad that some deadly accident occurred at our shrimp factory last night and therefore they don’t want any publicity, cameras etc. at their place any more. In short: They cancelled our shooting for tomorrow. So, as soon as we were done with shooting today’s scenes, I got on the phone to call all the other shrimp factories listed in the phone book. After two hours: Nothing but refusals. Right before I’m about to feel really sorry for myself, I give it a last try and receive permission from a very nice guy who owns a shrimp place. Yep, we’ve got a location for tomorrow. I have no idea what it looks like but I’m just glad that we, at least, have an option.

DAY 74 - SHOOTING DAY 34: REASONS FOR BEING A BAD WRITER

Saturday, April 26th, 2008
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We shot about 14 hours today. Most of the scenes with Aimee, who actually had to write an essay for English class for tomorrow and therefore wanted to leave early. In order to keep her on set, I helped her writing the essay whenever we had some time in between. The main topic: “Reasons for being a bad writer”. - Oh well. Somehow we managed to finish her scenes along with her essay and Aimee could finally leave. But for the rest of us it was shoot-shoot-shoot until the morning. Wow, pretty hard day.

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DAY 73 - CAR-RIGG RULES!

Friday, April 25th, 2008
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Haake and Andi improved their self-made car-rigg today. (Car rigg = for mounting the camera on the hood.) Check out the first try-out:

DAY 73 – FINALLY I WENT TO WALMART

Friday, April 25th, 2008
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Today was off again and I finally had enough time for grocery shopping. I mean I do this nearly every day as there is always something missing, but today it was a little bit less stress. After three hours at Walmart and two carts full of food and drinks and props I managed to get home. In the meantime Haake and Andi tested their rig system at the parking lot and in the evening we all went to the whirlpool of the hotel. Haake was telling me the whole time to relax but at the same time was listing all the things and locations that are still missing and have to be organized. How should I relax that way? At the end I got mad and went to my bed (or shall I say my couch?). Won’t harm if I get more than 4 hours of sleep.

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DAY 72 - SHOOTING DAY 33: MOSQUITOS EVERYWHERE

Thursday, April 24th, 2008
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Horrible, horrible, horrible. In total it was a good shooting day, everything worked out. After a scene at Fuegos House, where Ricky tries to sell cookies again (he is really poor, he always tries his best, but never sells anything…), we moved to a fancy area close to the wood. The fire department helps us again with light, while Barbara tries her best to show the actress how to flee from Carlos in the wood. I talked to the neigbour for a long ass time so that we could shoot without disturbance. Big mistake: I wasn’t full of OFF as our stock runs short. As I wasn’t directly in the wood I was thinking it wouldn’t be too bad, but damn my legs are so full of bites, I can hardly control myself not to scratch. Is it possible to die by mosquito bits?

Day 71 - 32nd SHOOTING DAY: COWBOYS AND LSD SHEETS

Wednesday, April 23rd, 2008
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What a day! Today’s shooting took place at Andi’s Finest Menwear Store downtown and that was really an experience. I’ve never been in such a store and I think RJ and Lalo haven’t been either. It was so strange seeing them in cownboy suits and with cowboy hats, but it definitely looked crunk. When Lalo even started singing and dancing, damn that was crazy. Of course everyone had to buy something at the end, I mean how can we come home from Texas without a real cowboy hat or a buckle?

In the evening I had another challenge: Barbara told me to fake LSD sheets… She was kind of “You surely know how they have to look like…” Häh? Do I look like I knew? I had no idea what LSD sheets look like, but I guess that’s the good thing about this movie: learning so much new stuff which you will definitely need for the rest of your life. Now I can say that I have produced my own LSD sheets with little cherries. Wonderful…

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Day 70 - 31st SHOOTING DAY: DRIVE BY SHOOTING IN SOUTHMOST

Thursday, April 17th, 2008
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Imagine this: Carlos and his friends driving by Lopez Supermarket and shooting people in front of it. Sounds easy, but something like that is a real production challenge when the supermarket cannot be closed for the shooting. Since Constanze had to do something else, I had to manage the whole production process myself: Getting the extras together, warning the customers in the supermarket to not leave the place unless they wanna get shot, getting release forms from all the people who appear in the picture, coordinating the cars on the parking lot, so Carlos won’t crash, getting water for the extras and the film team,… At this point I really wanna point out that I am actually film director and NOT a set manager.

Something else: Thanks RJ, Robert and Lopez Supermarket for your help!

Day 69 - 30th SHOOTING DAY: THE WEDDING DRESS

Wednesday, April 16th, 2008
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Zuly had to leave earlier yesterday. So we shot the missing pictures of her today. Zuly in a white wedding dress. When we were done, she asked me if she could keep the dress. Of course, Zuly. Just don’t get married too soon.

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