Well, the quarter has finished. Yay!
After a very smooth pre-production (only having the lock down locations/dress sets) we've hit a potentially fatal roadblock. Because of the number of projects shooting during the Winter quarter (about thirty); the school doesn't have enough grip/lights for all of the projects plus the production classes that are going on during the quarter.
So our first four days (technically three and a half) of production were approved, but the last three days were axed by the Cage/Professors in order to get as many projects before cameras. Sadly I can see where they're coming from and find my anger tempered a bit because of this. You think common sense would tell them that if you approved half the shoot; to approve the rest. Because there's simply no way to shoot this film in a weekend and have it by any good. Certainly not festival quality material; maybe not even Youtube material.
The only option to shoot this in the winter quarter is to shoot seven days continuous; ie during the school week. Something the Professors and Cage are trying to encourage students to do with the guarantee that they won't be penalized. Problem; some of my crew are unable to do this and I've gotten word from SCAD's casting director that my actors (completely from the performing arts department) will not be able to be in the film if shot during the week.
So I've contacted my professor for next quarter and asked him if he could speak with the Performing Arts department about not penalizing my cast and making an accommodation. Things like this (suggesting shooting on the weekdays) is one reason why the film department is a bit disliked by Performing Arts and I've worked hard being nice and maintaining a good relation with the Performing Arts department. And while I did audition at our casting call for alternates (was already cast by this point); I only saw one of about twenty-five people who would be good for any role.
Impossible if I could delay, shoot in Spring and post in Summer; to get that done would mean I'd have to sugar coat and break down the walls of She Who Must Be Appeased aka Mother, who signs on my loans and without her signature; I wouldn't be able to be here.
Unfortunately to shoot during our original weekends without the school would require going to a local studio and renting their cameras and gear. Even with student discounts; it'd be around $15,000 or so for the gear for the shoot. Which is more than double the film's budget.
So the next two/three weeks will determine if the film will go forward either by shooting during seven days in the Winter/delayed and shot in Spring or the whole production has to be shut down.
Crossing my fingers.
Last edited by thegoldensimatar (2010-11-19 14:37:11)