Today we finally got to the first day of filming. Unfortunately, I can't say it went well, but considering the problems we came across I'm fairly satisfied with how we managed to solve most of them. I woke up extremely early to clean up my apartment, as this was our official location for filming. At the beginning everything was going according to schedule. I met Glendha, my producer, a bit earlier so we could discuss last details before filming. Then we met the crew in the loan store to take out the equipment. Yes! We managed to find the crew, however it wasn't as easy as I thought it would be. We've had many, many people promising to help us with our project but they all let down. Luckily some of our colleagues agreed to help us at the very last minute. I was actually happy about how things turned out. Katrina Ytteborg, Jack Marlow and Adam Shearing - our fantastic crew helped us to prepare the set. Never before have I seen such a terrible mess (in my apartment), but it was a part of our artistic plan. Kat was an amazing DOP and with a cooperation of Jack, who was responsible for lightning they did a great job playing with lights and shadows, what looked absolutely beautiful on the camera.
Here is where the problems begun. First our actor showed up at the doors. My producer found him on Mandy.com and to be honest we were a bit scared and unsure if he will actually turn up or not. To our surprise he did! According to the description he's provided us with we were expecting a completely different person. Luckily, the image of the guy wasn't a very important part of our script so it didn't cause any major problems. He turned out to be a good dancer and a fine actor as well. (I also found out that he used to be a member of Boney M.!!!) We were still expecting our actress to come, but she was running late. When she finally got to the set she announced me, that she's only got 30 minutes to do the filming, as her classes were postponed. At this point I was speechless and had absolutely no idea what to do, as the actress was supposed to be in almost every single shot of our film. I sent her away, as there was nothing we could do and so we started brainstorming. The only thing we came up with, so the whole preparation don't go to waste, was to film some scenes with the man only, and so we did. Although it was really hard to film anything, so we can keep continuity when filming the girl separately, I believe, we ended up with some fine footage.
Even though I almost went through a nervous breakdown today, I must admit we handled it pretty well. It was a huge challenge for me, as a director, to save the day and don't let everything go to waste. I'm truly proud of myself and my producer. It was quite a struggle but I believe it can be done the way we're doing it. Fingers crossed, as tomorrow is another filming day and I'm expecting the actress to show up this time!
Major thanks to our wonderful crew, you guys were the best! xx