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Friday, April 28, 2006

And Back To One

(Sent Via Moblog)

The crew for the TV shoot showed up around 9:00 a.m. - and it was a crew indeed: producer, assistant producer, cameraman, sound recordist and lighting grip. So, for most of the day there have been six of us crammed into my tiny living space, trying our darnedest to not get in each other's way.

It's just after 4:00 p.m. now, and we're winding down shooting for the day, finishing off with some "cutaways" (for those not up on their Hollywood lingo, that's a shot that basically breaks up a take or allows two different takes to be spliced together), and then we'll do a time-lapse take and after that, as they say in the film biz, "it's martini time" (although in this instance, it'll be "Strawberry Daquiri time", since that's what they asked me to make for my time-lapse sequence).

It's been a long day, but I have to admit, it's been a lot of fun showing off my funky little apartment. I'm being told the episode will probably air sometime in the fall - September or October - and my segment will probably only be about five minutes in length, but for that they've shot (at this point in the day) roughly 3 1/2 hours of footage. The idea being that you get as much coverage as possible, which gives the editors lots of options. Plus, as the producer explained it, the show uses a lot of quick cuts, split-screen, time-lapse and montage effects, so they actually end up using quite a bit of what they shoot, even given the brief duration of the piece.

I've seen some of the output on their monitor, and it's really going to look great. The high definition video is amazing; the colors are very rich and full, and the smallest details come into sharp focus, even in the long shots (good thing I cleaned so thoroughly last night!). So, all the "organized clutter" of hot sauce bottles, books, sci-fi props, and various-and-sundry things I've got on display will show up with crystal clarity.

5:30 p.m. Looks like we have one more shot to do, outside with me sitting in a chair surrounded by the barely contained chaos of the yard. The crocuses are in full bloom, with tulips scattered here-and-there for contrast, and the cats doing their cat things for additional "color", so it should make for a nice closing shot. Naturally, the cats have been given featured exposure throughout the day, so they're going to be seen almost as much as myself.

6:15 p.m. and the crew has packed up and just left. So, now things are more or less back to normal.

It'll be interesting to see how it all turns out. I'll let you know.

A brief compendium of strange utterances from the day (guess you had to be there):

- So, what color base are you?
- Let's use the "hero" phaser.
- Tell us, what's under the hula skirt?
- I've been in a lot of homes, and that is the cleanest fridge I've ever seen.
- The cat's using the litterbox - roll tape, ROLL TAPE!
- And THAT my friend is why I love "the joker".
- This was before Kubrik became a genius.
- Okay, who left their keys in the refrigerator?
- Back then, maybe people needed to grind meat and whip merengue at the same time.
- No, I think having a serious side is GOOD.
- That's one small sip for man...

Posted byCOMTE on 3:39 PM

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