Like my short film "Celeste"

Sunday, July 02, 2006


If you're considering shooting underwater... think again!
Or plan ahead (usually the better option...).

While shooting a commercial for a portuguese credit card, it became pretty clear that shooting underwater takes twice as much time. Just loading the camera and changing lens requires removing the camera from the water, taking it out of the waterproof bag and then the opposite when putting it back in. It took us close to 15 minutes to load the camera everytime. And we were losing time fast!

Luckily the crew was great and even though everybody was working overtime, we still kept our spirits high.

Meanwhile, I've learned that I'm going to have to stay in Portugal longer than expected. My thesis got delayed (or derailed) and my new deadline is September. I'm hoping I can get back to New York by early September, though. I just completed the first draft of a new short film. It's about a guy who has to cover up for a crime he committed during his own surprise party. I'm just waiting for my producer's feedback on the draft so I can get moving on making it better.

There's just one thing I'm worried about: how do I top "Paranoia"? ( This script is a lot less complex than Paranoia's and it leaves less leverage to show off sophisticated editing and camera moves. Since it's all set in one uhm... set, my inspiration is obviously Hitchcock's "The Rope" except here will be cuts in between scenes or it would be crazy! I've found the house already, or better yet, I wrote the script thinking about a house in particular (which is great, 'cause you already have the set on your mind to work with). And hopefully I'm going to be able to shoot in that house; it would mean greater production value since it's an awesome house.

Gotta go sleep because apart from celebrating Portugal's victory against England yesterday I went sailing for 7 hours with a huge hangover...

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