Friday, October 1, 2010

If You Don't Do it Right the First Time...

Monsters in the Woods is the 1st movie I’ve ever directed where I’ve had to reshoot scenes. This coming week we are reshooting a number of scenes. We’re reshooting the opening sequence because of casting changes. Then in the evening we’re redoing some of the cave sequences because of some technical issues with the camera. (i.e. I didn’t quite know what I was doing the 1st time) It was the 1st time I had actually used the camera at night.

It will be strange to watch the same lines come out of different actors mouths. Then in the same night try to recreate some of the magic the same cast created a weeks earlier.

It’s weird. I know it’s a regular part of Hollywood moviemaking, but for a micro-budget production like this, it’s well…weird. This whole production has taxed me in ways I couldn’t have imagined at the start. It has stretched me mentally and physically further than I thought I could ever go, and from the footage I’ve reviewed, I’d say it was worth it. That said, I’ll be grateful once production is wrapped and I can retreat to the safety of my editing suite and start to make the movie again.


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