With the Lord’s wonderful assistance we had miraculously shot 14 pages in four hours. Now, all that was left was one page in three hours. We were going to get done early!
Brian and the crew partake of lunch.
So, we arrived at the school about 11:20 a.m. and enjoyed a lunch from Subway while eating on the picnic tables outside. When 12:00 p.m. arrived we entered the building and shot the “Award Ceremony” scene very quickly.
Among the cast members was my best friend, Tim. He’s been in everything I’ve shot. In projects for Local Talent Productions, he played the husband in our first experiment called Raw Footage. He then played the lead in the award-winning Justice. He was the man on the run in the opening of The Business Trip and played an gun-toting FBI agent in our feature The Box.
Tim looking all Paramedicized.
So, with Club God, I knew he had to have a role. So, he agreed to play the Paramedic. We bought him a white shirt, got a paramedic patch off of Ebay, used my wife’s stethoscope, converted a toolbox into faux-defibrillator… he brought the sunglasses, small flashlight, pants, shoes and everything else.
We only had a few shots left that required a “Deal or No Deal” girl… a trophy girl. The role was very small and my daughter could have done it, but we wanted to get more people involved in the production.
Tim “saving” Brian. Mary standing in for Tiffany
wearing a snazzi Club God Crew t-shirt.
My daughter’s friend, Tiffany, was available and wanted to do it. (Tiffany, by the way, will co-star in our next production, a six-part web series called Purgatory, USA.) Her mother, Cathy, is a former beauty queen and had the dresses required. The only issue was that Tiffany had to take the S.A.T.’s in the morning.
Well, as luck would have it, the S.A.T.s ran long. It was okay, we had plenty of time. So, we waited, relaxed, shot basketballs in the gym and sat outside enjoying the weather, but after a while we were all getting very tired from the long day and just wanted to get the last few shots done.
Shooting a “Dutch Angle”
The gym kept any cell signal from reaching our phones, so it wasn’t until we got outside that we found out Tiffany was on her way and would arrive soon. Well, at about 2:15 she finally arrived, extremely apologetic and flustered by the morning.
Mary chilling in the shade
I told her not to worry about it and actually felt bad that she had invested so much anxiety of these few shots on this little shoot. But, she didn’t want to let us down. She’s a very sweet person.
Pete chilling with Mary
So, we shot a long shot, medium shot and a couple of close-ups of Tiffany with the rest of the cast and finished shooting at 2:50 p.m. Ten minutes to spare.
The final shot, Tiffany included.
Everyone went home exhausted.
The shoot day was done. It was all “in the can.”
A special thanks to my family for their support, for the Ross’ family, Tim, Brian, John and his family, and most of all Jesus Christ, for whom we do all this and who guided us on this journey.
Now, weeks of work lay ahead…. the cleaning up the audio, the fixing any light color issues, etc. For everyone else, the one day experiment was complete.
For me, the experiment was just beginning.