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“On The Hunt” Wraps Shooting – Production Breakdown

Not many updates this week to the blog, but there is a lot of news. In my PREVIOUS BLOG, I stated that “On The Hunt,” a new web series Directed by me and Written by Charlene Miller & Analine Ignacio with additional writing by Douglas Frye, has wrapped on the first episode. This project is so different from what I’ve been doing lately. It’s a dark comedy with female leads, and so capturing the tone of the piece was something that was new and challenging to me.

I’ve edited the first two minutes of the show, and I must say that so far, it’s coming along really well. So far, all the coverage I got was great, and that just gives me tons of options in editing. Of course, when we were shooting this, it was repetitive but it was also a lot of fun to explore the performances and make sure they translated well to film.

So, as far as “On The Hunt” is concerned, I’m very pleased with what we have at the moment and I look forward to getting this thing together and out for all of you guys to see. It’s definitely fun.

BREAKDOWN:

Monday, May 12th, 2008 – We started off around 1pm shooting “Angus Burger,” a commercial written by Charlene Miller and Analine Ignacio. We weren’t sure if we’d be able to shoot in the bar again so Analine and Charlene decided to schedule the “Angus Burger” shoot first thing on Monday.

Around 3pm, we went downstairs to shoot 11 pages (yes, 11 pages) of the web series’s first episode. To accommodate some of the actors, we had to shoot scenes out of order to assure that they didn’t get out of there too late. That was a bitch, but it worked out – or so it seems so far.
After we were done with most of the first episode, we had to shoot 1 1/2 pages of episode two because the scene also took place in the same bar.

So that’s 11 pages, plus 1 1/2 pages for episode two, plus the 1 page thirty second spec spot, “Angus Burger.” That’s 13 1/2 pages in ONE DAY. You can imagine how stressful that was – trying to get enough coverage to work with in post, trying to get the tone and style I wanted, and doing it all within the given time period. Suffice to say, it was one hell of a day!

Tuesday, May 13th, 2008 – This day was a lot easier. We started around 11:30am or so and ended maybe around 7pm. It was a shoot in an apartment, so it was pretty nice. The shoot went smoothly aside from some issues with blood, so overall, the day wasn’t anywhere near as brutal as Monday.

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008 – This day was the easiest of the entire shoot. It was only 1 1/2 pages and it was nice and quick. Call time was at 12pm and we finished around 3pm. The scene takes place in a clothing store dressing room, but we used a photo studio to double for the dressing room. This was an easy day. Charlene had the most work this day, repeating clothing switches in order for me to get all the coverage I needed for the scene. Sorry, Charlie. After that, I went home, hit up Green Cactus for some chicken tacos, and had a feast!

OVERALL IMPRESSIONS:

I had a lot of fun, and although traffic was annoying and parking was annoying, overall, the shoot was great. We got a lot of funny jokes, including a joke that Eric, one of the PAs on set, came up with. It was executed by Josh Accardo, who is a really funny guy and great to work with. I checked out the footage from this gag and it was beautifully executed and I’m sure you all will dig it when you see it!

At the end of the shoot, this picture just about sums up how we all felt.


Sorry, Sarah. We had to do it…

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  • Iz on

    You bet the filming especially Monday was very stressful but I had a great time doing it. I feel very lucky to have worked with such talented people, from our make-up artist Tamara, to our production crew and all the actors. The energy was so positive and the set was filled jokes being cracked every five minutes. I’m definitely looking forward to filming episode two. Paul is such a great director to work because he believes in his actors so gives a free arrange but helps us explore other possibilities. I believe we have a great crew and I can’t wait to continue to work with all of you!
    Analine Ignacio


  • Sarah Mindlin on

    Hahahahahahaha Thanks guys! I promise that “passing out on the set” was a character choice…:~)


  • Paul Del Vecchio on

    Yes, being on the set was awesome. It was a lot of fun, everyone had a good time and everyone was joking around but working hard. It was a great atmosphere and everyone was fantastic (that’s right, I used the word “fantastic”) to work with! This is going to kick ass.


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