After seven days of production plus one day of advanced post-production voiceover recording, we’re now done with our penultimate day of filming. A few members of the crew have already signed off on their last day with the production, and we’re looking forward to our last day of filming tomorrow (pending weather). Much like the night before our first day of production, I’m terrified. I think my two highest stress points during the roller coaster that is film production occur the nights before the first and last days of filming. The first shoot is everything that months of build up have led to. The last shoot – it’s one more chance to give this production every last fiber of energy you have to make it the best film it can possibly be.
Production is kind of like running a marathon – by the time we’re in the home stretch, finish line glimmering like a well-lit swimming pool in the distance, everyone’s completely exhausted. As well they should be – I can say with absolute certainty that everyone from the principle cast to the production assistants have been working like mad since Day One of filming. It takes every last inch of passion, energy, and enthusiasm to resist the completely human urge to slow down as we near the finish line. This isn’t really a crew that backs down in crucial moments, though, so twelve hours away from our last crew call, we’re preparing instead for one final full sprint of filmmaking awesometasticness.
On the eve of our last day of production, I’m sitting here listening to a full out summer thunder storm outside. Big day tomorrow – we’ll be filming both the first and last scenes of the film. I like the kind of parallelism there. It is also a night exterior at a pool. If the storm outside right now is any indicator… I’m not going to finish that thought. FINGERS ARE CROSSED. WE ARE WRAPPING PRODUCTION TOMORROW.
Thanks for reading our production blog thus far – after tomorrow, we’ll be moving into post-production. We’ll still be updating – kind of the prequel entries of all the pre-production preparation we did, as well as some more behind the scenes footage from over the course of production. But post-production is a pretty long haul, including rough cuts, sound mixes, color correction, and score… We’ve got a ways to go before we’re done with this production blog. But before we get there, let’s wrap production first.
Stay tuned – it’s going to be a hell of a finish over the next 24 hours.
Writer/Director – “The Perils of Growing Up Flat-Chested”