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The Importance of Mirth

We shot Saturday until we came across a script problem that we couldn't fix. It has been resubmitted for correction. While it was nice to go home after only five hours on set, it means we will be shooting next Saturday as well.

Today went very well, all things considered, but it definitely felt like a Monday: Everything was sluggish. We shot until just before 5pm when we lost our light. Even though we were in my kitchen, the light from the kitchen window shifted far too drastically when the sun dropped behind the mountains. We considered blacking out the window with a trash bag, but we liked the "blown out" look of the sunlight coming through the window. This gave us a better look but limited our time. This is a trade-off whenever you are in production. These choices must often be made in moments but must not be taken lightly. I knew lighting the kitchen was going to be difficult, but I didn't expect it to be that hard.

Me thinking:

I considered posting a list of the equipment that we're using for MathTacular4 because that's the kind of thing I'm curious about. However, I'm guessing that isn't quite as interesting to others, so I'll refrain for now. (If you'd like to know, please say so and I'll be happy to post it.)

While going through the pictures we snapped on set(and I added a couple to previous posts), I came across a great one of our actors laughing. We often laugh on set, and the posted Rule #1 is "Have Ridiculous Amounts of Fun at All Times". This isn't always obeyed, but we do what we can. One director, in the BTS of one of his movies, said something to the effect of "If you're not having fun making the movie, then why do it?"

Have fun on set, or go home.

~Luke Holzmann
Your Media Production Mentor

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