I will never forgot the time I had in Japan. As I look back 2 weeks after our production I feel even more secure in the work we have done. Last week I went to the Sundance Film Festival and watched quite a bit of films and saw alot of great films that asked deep questions about life. “Would you forgive yourself?” “Does prayer work?” “Does love last?” “Are we defined by our past?”
So I am proud to have made a film that I know asks deep question about life and death.
I think Persimmon will be a film that people will find truth in.
I just added the Post Production class too so I am excited to be a part of the film from the script phase too the festivals.
There it is folks, we have officially wrapped on production. After months of preparation, countless hours of inspired creative processes, long days of work, short nights of sleep, and plenty of rice and melon bread, we have shot a film.
The crew has worked very well together under some pretty extreme conditions. We have been shooting in some of the smallest locations ever with some of the biggest equipment ever. Carrying a 400 pound dolly up a tiny, nearly vertical flight of stairs in bare feet, standing on a roof for hours in the cold wind, running across the streets of Nippori Tokyo to catch a shot before the sun sets, and standing in the middle of street or a train station praying we dont get arrested.
Shooting a film in a foreign country is hard work. It’s hard to know what the locations look like or how much room you have to move the camera around or if it is possible to set up lights outside a window until you actually arrive on set. It requires quick thinking and creative problem solving to capture the scene properly and convey the right emotion and mood. The camera team, along with grip and electric have done an outstanding job of working together to capture something truly beautiful. Everyone worked extremely hard and gave all they had to help this story in the best way we can. Joey, Trevor and Aaron are simply the best camera team. They are so good at what they do and I trust them completely. Jordan and Jordan both worked so hard in making this film a reality by lighting the locations and making the shots happen. We all collaborated and communicated well with each other. It is unfortunately a rare experience to have this many quality people working so closely together. They are not only talented, but they have good hearts and that will hopefully show through the visuals of this film.
One of the many things I learned is that the sun moves differently in Japan… or is slightly more unpredictable. We battled the sun many times. It was a race against time and mother nature trying to keep the sun light out of our shots when we didnt want it and then recreating it when it disappeared. But we did it. All in all, I think we have captured a small part of a really beautiful world and I am excited for you to see it.
Here is a tiny taste of the magic.
Persimmon is good for camera. Let’s move on.
If you would have constructed a time machine and gone back to the year 2000 and found me in junior high and asked: Do you think you will be making a movie in Japan in college? First of all I would have to steal your time machine and then I would have said “No”. (present self) I would never had thought I would be doing this with such awesome people telling an amazing story!
The camera team and I have been hard at work figuring out how we are going to pack over 60 pounds of camera equipment into the TSA approved luggage sizes and follow their very strict rules on carrying batteries on the plane (apparently they explode… sometimes)
We are shooting on the Red One Camera (Red’s Website) which has been used on films like District 9, The Lovely Bones, and most recently The Social Network.
My job as the 1st AC involves putting all the pieces of the camera together so it works properly. Also switching lenses and filters according to what the DP wants. But the most important job is to make sure the image is in focus so it doesn’t look like this
I got a great new tool for christmas that I can’t wait to use on set. I recorded a little video showing it off
I can keep things in focus, because the lens has feet marks for different distances, if our lead actor (Yugo Saso) is standing 5 feet away from the camera then I can check that and change the focus to 5 feet on the lens! and like magic he’s in focus.
Our planes leaves in only 6 days! I can’t wait to get off the plane in Tokyo and see what adventure awaits us