Beware the attack of the Masques

Beware the attack of the Masques

Yet another day shot and wrapped. Today was an extra shoot that I was fortunate enough to have both Elliot and Nick agree to come in and shoot the majority of their remaining scenes. Our main goal was to get as much of their exterior’s shot as well as the scene that will hopefully be the “money shot” as Norman calls it.

 

This is our big reveal shot of the Winding City itself. We also had our first non-visual effect monster – a Masque – revealed. See the behind the scenes shot of Kent as a Masque… suitably creepy looking.

One of the worst things I found about planning exteriors is how much you are at the whims of the weather. All this week the forecast had been for rain, which had me worrying that we wouldn’t be able to get this crucial footage shot before Nick and Elliot became unavailable for the next three or so weekends.

As luck would have it, the day was beautiful with plenty of light. In fact, it was a bit too much light!

The next issue you face is sound. Let’s face it, when you are a small crew like ours, you can’t lock off entire streets for the shoot. Which means we must also deal with the public and other noisy intrusions. We had a number of occasions where a car, truck or motorcycle would drive by at the most inconvenient point imaginable. Fortunately the general public are less of a problem. We found most people to be remarkably considerate of our shooting, often patiently waiting for us to stop for the next shot before walking past.

Hopefully we weren’t too much of an inconvenience for people who were going about their daily activities.

Lee helps Kent adjust his mask

Lee helps Kent adjust his mask

 

 

My panic button did hit today though – with me panicking that Lynn and Kent weren’t going to show. Which meant poor Lynn was bugged by regular texts from me asking if she was still showing up!

Once Kent arrived, we had him dress up in the thick Masque costume – which took a little bit of fussing to get it looking right – but when we got there? It was fantastic.

After we finished our shoot – around 2pm – we then had Rowan, Kerina and Kent get some training from a fight instructor friend of Norman’s, Phil.

Phil was amazing, providing very helpful training for our actors and choreographing some very exciting looking fight scenes. I think people are going to be very surprised by the calibre of the fights for such a small project.

Kerina and Rowan practice for their big scene...

Kerina and Rowan practice for their big scene...

 

 

Tomorrow – we almost complete our principle photography!

Conan

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