Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Intersect filming wrapped!!


Yes, you read that correctly... we're officially done filming! Sure, there may be a few pick-up shots to grab, or a building to shoot... but for all intensive purposes, Intersect principal photography is wrapped!




This blog post is actually a few weeks coming. We've been busy going over the footage and editing the first few scenes. I've been sort of slacking on the blog front. But here it is! And isn't it great? Let's start with a video. This is a bit of a departure from the standard Intersect blog video... it's less of a Fit For Rivals blasting, greatest hits from behind-the-scenes video... and more of a short-form docu-soap / road-movie bro-film about the last day of filming.

:::VIDEO BELOW::: (Disclaimer: because of the raw nature of this video, there is some sharp language.)


The video was shot in the same "from the hip" manner we shoot every video... so it's a little rough... but it felt like something that needed be put together in a way that would cap off the end of the long Intersect filming journey. It's a little insight into how Gus, Jason, and I work when left to our own devices.




We needed a new location. And that meant leaving Phoenix. Our road trip took us to northern Arizona, between the towns of Springerville and Alpine, in the wooded area recently destroyed by a massive forest fire. The stark, depressing landscape made for a uniquely desolate setting for the scene we needed to shoot.




We drove for 6 hours through the night, charged our RED batteries in the motel while we slept, and woke up early and got right to work. We we're fairly deep in the mountains when we started filming, and far from any power outlets, so the charge we had on our batteries had to last us the entire shoot.



We got very lucky with regards to weather and sun, and had very consistent light through the whole day. Granted, the temperature was in the mid-30's, and we we're freezing, but focusing on the work and keeping our bodies moving made it tolerable. We ended up getting everything we needed on the 2 batteries we had. Careful planning and conserving our shots saved us in the end. You can see in the video how close to the wire we really came as we filmed till the camera literally shut off.



In the end, we were all astounded by the quality and beauty of the shots we were able to get with such a small crew. We left feeling very relieved and secure in the fact that that we now have a complete movie on our hands. No matter what happens now, we have a solid film, and it's time to put it together.


It's worth noting that before this road trip, we overcame another large hurdle associated with filming in Phoenix... finding an attic. Finding any "filmic" architecture in Phoenix is hard enough as it is, then throw in the added difficulty of an attic, and it's a right tricky thing. Again, diligence and luck paid off.



After months of sticking our heads in all our friends crawl spaces, and asking everyone we knew, we found the most amazingly perfect attic in a slightly older part of Phoenix. The physical shape of it made for very easy camera placement, and gave it a very cinematic feel. The items that ended up in the scene were actually all handpicked and arranged by us, from the owner's cache of amazing keepsakes and furniture. (Aside from our props) We really couldn't have asked for a better location. By the end of it, we had a pretty epic scene on our hands.



I almost threw in some video of us arranging the items in the attic and placing our lights, but I didn't want to detract from the road trip video. Oh well, maybe something for the Blu-Ray. :)


Over the next few months, as we continue to edit and make new progress on the film, we will still be blogging and possibly throwing up some footage from the scenes we're working on. We'll also be more diligent with our Twitter usage... so be sure to follow us @IntersectMovie for more frequent updates.


Thanks for hanging with us this long! We're thrilled with the footage we have, and we can't wait to share it with you.

Stay tuned!

-Luke (D.P.)

Friday, October 21, 2011

That's a wrap! (Well, basically)


Another large chunk of Intersect filming is done as of this blog post... We've officially wrapped principal photography on all of our actors, except Jason Spisak! Wow! That's a great sentence to type. Why not take a quick look at what we've been doing over the past 5 weeks in this action packed video:

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Jason's involvement in this film as the lead acting role, as well as producer, will continue as we tie up all our loose ends and finish our pick-up shots. But having everyone else finished is, as you can imagine, a giant load off... for everyone. No more scheduling. No more long days in the hot Arizona sun. So much less to worry about now. It's a weird feeling, knowing your life is about to open up again. It's nearly time to dive full-in to the editing. It's already begun, but soon we'll be editing around the clock.



Abe Ruthless... what can anyone say? Abe has been with us from literally day-one of shooting. He's been the most hard-working, dedicated, and easy to get along with person we've ever met. From wardrobe, to makeup, to his extensive hair and beard work on this film, Abe has put up with a lot of torture from us. Not to mention the insane character arch he's had to follow. Seeing Abe develop his character and work through his vast emotional display on set has been truly inspiring to watch. Everyone has learned something from Abe by working on this film, and his phenomenal performance will be a joy to watch. We're all in for a serious treat.

Abe... wrapped!


One interesting night with Abe took us from shooting inside the hallways of a school, to Mesa's bustling downtown area at 2:00am. We filmed a few cutaway shots with Abe as he was leaving a restaurant from an earlier scene, then we waited as Gus hailed us a cab. For some reason it took an incredibly long time for a cab to show up, so I decided to take a few long-exposure photos while we waited. I'm particularly keen on Abe's "Hear no, speak no, see no evil" shot.



D'artagnan... wrapped!
What about this D'artagnan cat? Yes, sir... He's completed his tour of duty as well. D'artagnan Driscoll has been put through a particularly tough time on this film. Not only is his character emotionally flawed and severely conflicted, but his wardrobe has caused him more angst than anyone else on the film. D'artagnan's most prominently featured costume had been dubbed "Warmy", on account of it being comprised of an orange under shirt, a dark flannel sweater, and a red and black hooded sweatshirt over the top. Every time we needed that costume for an outdoor shoot, it was well over 100 degrees, with no cloud cover. We never once caught a break from the sun. But D'artagnan suffered through right to the end. Of everyone in our younger cast, he's endured more rough schedules and long days than anyone. We were glad to finally wrap him, and can't wait to showcase his abilities.

Warmy

Leeann... re-wrapped!
We brought Leeann Dearing back for a short day of one or two pick-up shots, and even wrangled in Garrett Boyd for one scene! Garrett, you'll remember portrayed Geoffrey from the Event Chamber lab scenes. And on our very last day of shooting, we even had Slade Hall back on set! It was a very long night of shooting, but we got some incredible footage with Slade and Abe inside a giant power station. Slade's performance as snarky science reporter Larry Fincher, and his run-ins with Abe's character provide a bit of comic relief to our serious time-travel, sci-fi, action movie.


Slade... napped! And wrapped!

Well, you're up to date again! Sorry for the long delay, and thanks for checking back. We'll be posting more entries as we completely wrap up filming, and along the way throughout the editing process. Also, be sure to follow us on TWITTER ( @intersectmovie ), where we will be posting more frequent, up-to-the-minute updates in the coming weeks. This adventure is far from over, so keep an eye on us. We're planning something special for the next post....



One last nugget... these are actual fortunes we got during the filming. One was from a chinese restaurant we ate at after our last day of filming in the lab. The other I found on the ground during one of our last outdoor shoots. Insert Theramin sound effects now...

-Luke (D.P.)

Monday, August 22, 2011

We're gonna need a bigger blog


It's been a long time with no blog. But it's not for lack of content... we've been ridiculously busy with Intersect over the past few weeks. This is actually the first lull we've had, and it's given me a chance to finally throw up some new stuff! Let's start with a new video... check out what we've been doing over the last 10 days of shooting...

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As of this blog, we are in the very final stages of principal photography!! With what we finished last week, we have about 95% of the film accounted for. You cannot know how thrilled we are to start editing! To start looking at all the work we've done over the past year, and finally get to see it strung together. Plus, there will probably be some sort of massive wrap party for everyone involved. That should be enjoyable too. :)


Debby Rosenthal and Randy Messersmith
So, in this blog you get to meet a few new Intersect people, and say goodbye to a few people that are wrapped on this film. The fantastic Debby Rosenthal was the first to go. Debby of course played our lead character's troubled mother. We had a great time exploring the vast array of emotional ticks of Mrs. Winrich with Debby.



Mike Lawler, the Dean of Miskatonic University, also got to say goodbye to Intersect this week. Mike came back for his final scene with Jason and Leeann's characters, and floored us with his nuances and ability to add just the right amount of darkness to the character. We always had a great time working with Mike, we'll be happy to see him on screen!


Leeann Dearing was the next to wrap. Leeann, of course played one of the lead roles, the character Dr. Caitlin Webb. Leeann definitely earned her wrap... we spent a very long, hot and sunny day in a cemetery spraying her with hoses. Despite the 110+ degree temperature outside, the cold water from the tap actually kept our actors shivering most of the day. It was definitely a physical day of shooting, and we were glad to see it done. Leeann left to a small round of applause wrapped in a towel, soaking wet... a fitting end to anyone on this film.



A few fresh faces this week as well; Randy Messersmith, Jared Spishock, and Michaela Dean. Randy gave a very startling performance of Dr. Matheson, the stoic family friend of the Winrich parents. Randy brought a great new variety to the film, and was an amazing addition to the cast.


Jared Spishock portrayed Ryan's father in the film. Ryan's mental state and unhappy childhood were partially a result of the situation with his father. Hmm... that has to be intriguing!


Michaela Dean
Young Michaela Dean came on set and surprised everyone with her incredible acting abilities as well as her sharp knowledge of the source material. She knew the script forwards and backwards, and on a number of occasions I could hear her explaining very complex parts of the story to the other people on set. Michaela was a joy to work with, and we're all really looking forward to watching her part in this film.




But let’s not overlook our veteran actors who are still on board! There were some command performances by Abe Ruthless, Jason Spisak, and D’artagnan Driscoll as well! We filmed some things with these guys that will make you shiver in your snuggie! So what did we actually get done? We shot all of young Ryan's childhood memories at his parent's home. To which we owe a very giant thank you to Shelly Adelson (and the entire Adelson family) and Zack Johnson, who both very graciously let us take over their homes for a number of long days. Thank you both! We wouldn't be where we are without your help!




We also filmed inside of a chapel, which was a pretty amazing thing in itself... Gus, with the keys to a church. Filming inside of a church was a lot like filming inside of a cave... very difficult to light properly. We had a heck of time getting the light the way we wanted it, but in the end we all said "we got our chapel!" and that said it all.

Abe with Jubes, finally


As I said previously, by the time of this blog post, we're WELL on our way towards wrapping this film. By my math, we should be able to count on one hand how many full days of shooting we have left! Hopefully, by the next blog I can finally announce that we're finished.




Stay tuned!!

-Luke (D.P.)