Precisely one year ago today, we packed everybody and everything into two RVs and began the trek back down to LA. We had completed the 3 week Northern California adventure known as principal photography, and we were ready to head home! I remember driving most of the way back, and being totally "in the zone"; I think that was the fastest 13 hour road trip ever. Mind you, we still had an additional scene to shoot in downtown LA (!) on Saturday, so we couldn't completely collapse. We basically went from this:
And I can't let this anniversary go by without telling one of my favorite LiToM stories. Basically if you've seen our trailer, you've seen the crazy head rip that happens in the movie. We knew that Scotty and Carrie had prepped this great effect, and eveybody was really excited to see it. It appeared on the schedule about halfway through the shoot, and there was a lot of anticipation for the big moment amongst the cast and crew. However, independent film being what it is, we ran out of time the night it supposed to go down. Since it didn't need to be shot at any particular time, we just moved it to the next day... then the next.... then the next. We never could seem to get to the dang head rip! Finally we just decided to make it the last shot of the entire shoot, the ultimate "Martini Shot" to end all Martini Shots. (That's movie set terminology for "last shot of the day" because the next shot is going to be in a shot-glass, or a Martini glass, for more refined tastes)
We finally got to the big shot around 10pm on the last day. Everybody crowded around the camera and giant plexi-glass barrier we had protecting it. The Patrick Creek Lodge provided us with champagne and everybody had a glass ready to go. The shot went off great (In fact, it was so nice, we did it twice!) Matt, Mike and I did a quick toast thanking everybody for their help, and we were done.
Honestly, that's when it all started to sink in: we had done it, we actually pulled this crazy thing called Love In The Time Of Monsters off. Unbelievable. A lot of work was still left to do, but we freaking did it.
On the trip back, Matt shot this video blog in the back of RV that kind of sums up our feelings. It also has clips from the martini shot in it as well. I've really been enjoying going through and watching these behind the scenes videos again. Ben Turner did such a great job with them, you can find them all on our youtube page! Here's the "Matt" Episode:
Now, can I get that year back? That went by WAY too fast! Seriously though, thanks for sticking with us through it all. The blog is more popular than ever, along with our facebook and twitter pages. Can't wait to see what happens this year...