It always feels like I’m caught off guard when the filming date finally rolls around. Even though I’ve kept a close eye on the calendar and taking all the steps to put everything in place. Even though, for weeks, it’s seemed like filming day would never come, all of a sudden it’s here and I can’t believe it.
Well, filming day is nigh. We start rolling cameras on Revealed this weekend at The Meeting Place on Market. We’ve had rehearsal sessions and we’re in the final stages of assessing our lighting needs — we’re gonna need a ton of lights! And we’re picking up the permit for our outdoor action scenes today. Exciting. Exciting. Exciting!
This is really the part I live for — when I get to put the actors in place, frame them up in the viewfinder and tell the story that’s been rattling around in my head for so long. It’s such a rush when you realize for the first time that this alternate reality you dreamt up is actually alive now and playing out in front of your eyes, and the camera is capturing it all, so that later you can play it back for someone else and say, “See, it’s real, it’s all real!” It’s freakin’ magical.
It’s particularly magical when working with talented actors like Alex Parker and Alyssa Drexler, the co-stars for Revealed, who make it their first priority to fulfill the director’s vision for the characters they play. A huge part of what makes them great actors is that they take great satisfaction from seeing that vision fulfilled. That’s not to say they don’t also have great ideas for the characters. They give great input. But the input is always geared in a direction to assist the vision, not change it.
I’m really excited about filming this weekend, but I’m also terrified. One significant difference Revealed has from all my other films is the number of actors. Because a majority of the film takes place in a restaurant, we need to have a lot of extras for restaurant patrons and employees. We’ll also have a conference room full of business people and a couple groups of goons. So, it’s a lot of people to manage. There’s lots that can go wrong. But there’s always something that doesn’t go according to plan, and we always manage to handle it in some way. We just go with what the Lord gives us. It all works out in the end.
One last note: If you’re going to be in Lima on Sunday, stop by The Meeting Place on Market, we can always use another extra somewhere.
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Thanks and Keep that camera rolling!