For Christmas this last year, my wife Christina surprised me with an incredible gift: she had full-size movie posters for all 12 films designed, printed, and framed for me. Needless to say, they turned out incredible. They were designed by our friend Daniel Benitez, and he did a fantastic job of giving each one its own unique style and look.
For the month of December, I decided to do a holiday movie. Also, a few months ago, my friend Allison had challenged me with the idea of doing one of my short films in one complete take from start to finish. So I decided for this last film to try and do shoot the whole thing in one shot.
So this last Saturday I got together with Blake and Allison (who have been in number of my short films) along with Jenna and Derek, who served as production crew, to shoot it. We spent around two hours rehearsing the scene, getting all of the timing and everybody’s placement down so that when it came time to shoot, we wouldn’t have to do multiple takes. When you watch the film or look at the pictures on Flickr here, you’ll see that multiple full takes were very nearly impossible. That tree was dry and dropping needles like crazy and I knew that it only had so many drops and falls before it would be unusable. I knew that the tree could handle a couple falls, but I wasn’t so sure that it would survive being thrown out the door more then once. So the whole time we rolled, I was ready to call, “cut” at the slightest problem before we got to the point of no return that was the toss out the door.
In the end, both Blake and Allison did fantastic. We had to stop our first take about halfway through after the tree fell on Blake; but then once we got going on our second take, they played it to the end and that’s the one that you’ll see in the film.
Over the last week I shot my final footage of the year for 12 Films in 12 Months. Last Monday and Tuesday, I shot footage for film #11 & then this last Saturday I shot film #12. Now I’m staring down the last 3 days of 2008 and charging straight into the sound design and editing.
Each of the last two films is going to have a very different editing style. I produced and am editing film #11 in the style of a movie trailer, so it’s full of quick, unrelated shots that make up the story as a whole. Film #12 is being edited in a much different style, but you’ll have to wait a few days to see what I mean (I don’t necissarily want to give the whole thing away before the film debuts).