We filmed the trailer yesterday in a marathon session... 13.5 hours. We got all the shots we need, and I think it all came out great. Really the weakest parts will be me talking to the camera. It's off to the editor to make it even better.
It wasn't without hiccups though. The main shot that we needed to get was a stab scene with lots of blood. If it didn't work, we'd have to reset and it'd take about an hour. We only had enough shirts for three takes, but really only enough time for two. First take failed, blood only blooped out. Reset. Then the second take failed. The tubing came off the wound and sprayed blood everyone under her shirt. The actress gave a real scream and I thought we blew up her somehow. It'll make for a great behind the scenes moment, but I saw my whole newly started movie making career circling the drain.
My DP and his crew needed to drive back to LA that night, so they had to leave and we were way out of time. Thankfully, they decided to stick around, so we had one more go. It was really all or nothing. I say action, I hear a spurt and see blood spray the end of the tub (much farther that it was supposed to go). I think "oh shit" of course, but the actors don't miss a beat. They keep going, and thank God they did. The rest of the take was perfect. When we get out and watch the monitor, it just so happens the actors block the camera's view right during the initial blowout, then everything else was golden. I nearly had a freakin heart attack when I saw how good it looked. I'm dying to see how it comes out of post.
One of the professional crew also said I was one of the best first time directors they'd worked with. Turns out organization, decisiveness, and being pleasant are the biggest requirements for that honor. It didn't matter that I didn't really know when to say action or cut. Also, "DO IT!" works in place of "Action!".