Shifting Into High Gear

With just about five weeks before we begin principal photography, it’s time to rev this production up a notch! [Editor’s note: Kelly doesn’t know anything about cars.] This weekend was busy for both cast and crew: we started Saturday with a two and a half hour production design meeting, then in the afternoon the actors did an improvised rehearsal to work on their characters, and just as the sun was setting in both LA and the Bay, we all convened to do our second table read.

As an independent film with a small production budget,  we have been extraordinarily fortunate to put together a crew of talented, passionate, experienced artists. Our 10AM production meeting, which we did over Google hangouts from Oakland, Los Angeles, Burbank, San Jose, and San Francisco, was the first time that (almost) everyone involved in developing the film’s visuals came together.

Pictured above: Almost everyone.

Pictured above: Almost everyone.

We worked through the script scene by scene and page by page and slowly the words on the page started building into a coherent image. My to-do list more than doubled (as did everyone else’s, I’m sure) but so did my excitement about making this thing a reality! As a writer, you lay the foundation and build the frame of the house. Maybe you even have a few ideas about how you’ll decorate a specific room, or what colors you might want to paint the walls, but there are so many details it’s impossible to imagine everything. And then the director, cinematographer, costume designer, and editor start throwing out their ideas and expertise, and all of a sudden your frame becomes a completely imagined building plan.

In the afternoon the actors got their turn to play. Devon (yes, the character) threw a small get together at her condo, and invited her six closest friends–Jasmine, Elle, Jana, Beth, Shawn, and Mike–to come over and have a game night.

The cast gathers for a heartbreaking game of Cards Against Humanity.

The cast gathers for a heartbreaking game of Cards Against Humanity.

Our director, Matt, conceived of the idea, and the cast had a great time exploring their characters through improv. Although I was not in attendance, I have heard Cards Against Humanity is even better/worse when actors are involved 😉

We ended the day with our second table read. The script has grown since the previous draft. Of course there are always things you want to fix–what kind of artist are you if you ever think something is completely finished?–but overall, our structure is now set.

Can’t wait ’till January! Never have I ever so eagerly anticipated a week of sleepless nights…