Wrapping the Wall

We wrapped filming our Wall location this past Sunday!

It’s a bittersweet feeling for me, actually.  I’ve mentioned this before to Brandon, but in some ways I don’t want the shoot to end.  It is an amazing experience, one filled with excitement, challenges, laughs, and good people.  I’ve done some pretty exciting things in my life: I’ve tracked cougars, studied grizzles, trapped and collared black bears and bobcats, but filming this movie I feel trumps all those experiences.  So, no, on the one hand I really don’t want to wrap this shoot.

However, I know we have to, or else all our work will be for nothing.  And, to be honest, I want to wrap the shoot and get into Post Production soon too.  I really do, actually.  I can’t wait to delve into our footage and start cutting this movie together.  The little that Brandon and I have cut in starting to make the teaser trailer of our movie was a lot of fun and more a tease for the two of us than it may be for our viewers.  So, on the other hand, I really want to wrap this production soon, this week, as a matter of fact.

Right now we have one more day of shooting scheduled.  A full day at our Cambridge location.  The good thing is that half of the shoot is inside, so if this unpredictable Vermont October weather keeps knocking us around, we can at least get half the shots in the can.  The weather has proved challenging to this point, but if we can get blue sky for half the day (Are you listening weather gods?), we’re golden.

This past Sunday was our last day of shooting at the Wall and it was completely different from the previous four days.  On the first four days of the shoot we had full cast and crew and covered most of the scenes and shots for that location.  The next half day out there we shot some scenes with just one of our cast, and mostly action shots with very little dialogue, which was different and fun.  However, this last day at the Wall was different from every other day.  With the exception of a quick (relatively speaking) reshoot of one shot in the morning, the rest of the day was in shooting shots without any of our actors.  We had a skeleton crew on set working the shots, and it was a pretty relaxing, fun day.  The funny thing is these were mostly our “special effects” shots.  We had to figure out how to make some effects shots that we needed to get on film that we couldn’t manipulate in Post.  It was fun to work through the problems and challenges each presented in the field and get the shots we needed.

I also got the chance to play “body double” for Keefe Healy that afternoon.  Keefe is the amazing actor playing our Sage.  We’ll see if any of you can spot me in the film.  It wasn’t my first time putting on the Sage costume and standing in for Keefe, but it’s certainly the clearest shot.  Again, we’ll see if anyone can spot me in the film when it’s released.  I think I’ll be hearing from agents as soon as they see me on screen!

The funny thing about shooting that day was I hadn’t even realized we’d wrapped that location until we were packing up our gear at the end of the day and Brandon mentioned it.  I’ve been thinking about it all week, vacillating between the two hands and my feelings on not wanting this to end and very much wanting to see it through.

In the scheme of things, I think this is a pretty good place to be.  We’ll move on to the Cambridge site and I’ll get to log another day of dream fulfillment on this film.  That’s not a bad way to spend the day and at the end of the day on Friday, if we’ve gotten all the shots we need, we’ll wrap production. And, if we wrap, then I’ll be happy to move on to Post and continue bringing this little film of ours the rest of the way to you folks.

–Mark

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About thedragonwall

The Dragon is a independent short film being filmed in Northern Vermont.
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