"Have you taken care of this?" "Is this the absolute and final, final revision we’re making?" "Have they signed the contract yet?" "Is there a runner free?" "We can fix it in post." "This needs to be picked up today!!" "I look like an Oompa Loompa!!??"
Just a few of the things heard around the office this week as we finalised call sheets, ran through rehearsals, had costume fittings and makeup tests, realised we’d forgotten a few things and generally waited until the final hour to cast one of our key parts and a few of our supporting roles in the film. Action stations were brimming and everyone was running around like headless chooks though slightly calmer as we locked in logistical elements and added extra crew and basically got s**t done!
Having moved from our tiny 10m2 office in St Kilda where we were overrun by props, costumes and people being so close to one another that we’re all a little more familiar than we probably should be with each other, to our amazing and spacious offices in Docklands where you have enough room to stretch out, sleep and drive your car right into the studio space, you can imagine, we are all just a little bit happier.
Waiting for us in the kitchen, a wonderful welcome basket from Rosie and the team at Docklands. They have been amazing so far and we can not thank them enough for their tremendous support. After consuming the goodies rather quickly, we went about setting up our main production office, and without doubt, one of the star attractions of being at Docklands is having the wall space to set up what Daniela calls the “Massive thing on the wall” or what most folks in the industry know as the Production Schedule Board… lol we love Daniela!!
It took 3 days to set it up just to have it pulled back down next week when we shoot some office scenes in this room but we don’t care as we’ll just put it straight back up again once we’ve finished filming. We love it and it helps tremendously in any production to have a visual reference of the schedule for all departments to see.
With offices being taken up for Costume and Art Department, another room for rehearsals and a beautiful MU and Hair room, it suffices to say that everyone was feeling pretty comfortable in the spaces provided to us. I don’t think any of us are going to want to leave.
One of the biggest challenges on this film is the fact that we are shooting it in Black and White - we ran camera tests in and out of the studio and at our Post Production House, Roar Digital, to ensure makeup and wardrobe would appear correctly on screen and this is by no means an easy task.
Our MUA Mirjana and Costumes Dept, Sarah Jayne, worked very hard to get the required look and after several meetings and long discussions in regards to this matter, we have settled on the look and know that the end result will hopefully blow you away!
The studio space is slowly being overtaken by the set as our building team made up of Liam, Jimmy and Carlos and led by Production Designer, Fiona, make up for lost time by having to work twice as hard to get the set construction finished so that the actual set building and dressing can commence. Keeping an eye on them to make sure they get it all done properly, on time and in budget is Liam’s trusty companion and our loving set dog, Tsu!
Building enough flats to ensure we have what we need is one thing, but our set design is a complex one and our builders have come in at the last minute and are making miracles happen for us by handcrafting the vision our Director has for this film and we truly appreciate all their efforts.
We’ve had a lot of the actors coming into the office this week so it’s a good thing we like them so damn much! Lucky for us they are some of the most professional and easy going people we’ve had the pleasure of working with…. so far lol They have spent some crazy, intense hours working closely with the Director every day this week and we can see the actors loving every minute of it and really sinking their teeth into the roles. We can’t wait to see them bring these characters to black and white life on film.
All in all, a productive, hectic, crazy awesome week had by all and we finished it all up with one last production meeting and by hitting another milestone by reaching 3,333 likes on our Facebook page, which you should go like too if you haven’t already…. please.
From all of us here at Choir Girl, thanks for coming along on this crazy ride, as of next week, we’re all going to be out on location, the blog might be a little late as it has been over these last couple of weeks as Daniela and I have work to do apparently but we’re looking forward to letting you know how the first week of shooting went!
If “film is a battleground” then bring on the war I say and let’s make a movie!!!