Well the first day of production was…
…at my house.
Or apartment rather.
I don’t think in all the years that me and my wife have been married have we had so many guests at one time.
The full crew was there in full crew force.
Jaysen Buterin got us moving as soon as we assembled.
Actors were under tents getting makeup.
Crafty was being set up while gear was being brought in for the first part of the day.
The Grip & Electric unit was headed by producer/cinematographer/gaffer extraordinaire Jason Ledford who immediately had his crack team of grips and electricians in action.
The camera team consisted of myself/cinematographer, Tristan Chaika 1st assistant camera, Aidan Ford 2nd assistant camera and digital imaging technician(DIT) Zach Field. We used a Blackmagic Design URSA mini pro for our A camera shooting in BRAW, which performed beautifully throughout the duration of Kill Giggles’ production.
The scenes to be shot on the first day:
- A date gone horribly wrong ending in a clown’s murder.
- The murderer’s exit from the crime scene
- The detectives at the scene of the crime
For this location we went with sickly green, yellow, magenta and brown hues. Jason Ledford, executive producer and also the gaffer on the production, got me hooked on using sodium vapor gels which I used liberally in this production.
Funny enough we began with the first shot of the movie which was a long take spanning three rooms. It follows a trail of clothing and clown accoutrements inevitably leading to the intense climatic introduction of the main character played exquisitely by Michael Ray Williams. The victim played by none other than the famous and great Bill Mulligan.
The first shot went as well as could be expected and after about three or so takes we moved on.
We used sodium gels coming from the window side of the house and a sickly yellow/green coming from the other side. Nothing glaring but enough to sort of bend the feeling to one of sickness or something not right with the world.
After some close ups of the introduction scene we were ready for the detectives.
By this time it was early afternoon and we were setting up for EMT and law enforcement at the scene of the crime still inside so lighting only had to be slightly adjusted. The detectives were played pitch perfectly by Patrick G. Keenan and Nereida Velazquez. Just as we were ready to roll the wireless follow focus decided to give us some problems so there were some moments were all eyes were on the camera crew as we poked prodded and pushed buttons until all systems were go.
Finally we got the detective scene wrapped and after a few more interior shots with Michael we were outside for a few shots of his exit where we tested some slow motion out as well.
By this time it was the end of the day and first day of shooting was at an end. I remember most of that day well over a year later as if it just happened. I enjoy memories. Nostalgia is my favorite drug.