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Summer Filming

Summer Filming

This summer is being pretty hectic filming. We are all assigned a slot to shoot our films in and whether it is your own film, or you’re crewing for somebody else’s, the fact is there’s been very little time to rest. 12 hours days or even night shoots, one after the other, while also transcoding your own footage, attending casting sessions, location scouting or checking out props. This is the life, isn’t it?!

These are some pictures of what’s going on on my colleagues’ films.

Life Mates

Right after the filming slot for “Drones Don’t Fly”, Jake Houghton’s “Life Mates” had me as a 1st Assistant Director to run the show in Moorpark. The story of two buddies that talk friendship, relationships and weed was filmed in three days and all exterior locations. In spite of Jake’s efforts with sunblock SPF 50, we all got pretty sunburnt! But the worst part was a crash accident I had on my way to set on the first day that wrecked my car. I have been ubering since, still waiting for a second quote on it, but it doesn’t look good at all :(.

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Wooden Aniversary

Following Jake’s buddy comedy, Maria Mitkovskaya’s film about a couple’s 5 year aniversary and how it can go real bad is set for a couple exterior days and an interior day in a soundstage. As a gaffer I love shooting in soundstages: they are comfortable, have great AC, green room, kitchen and a million power sources and stingers. She was having some communication issues with the DP, but I still think we managed a pretty nice moody lighting. The actors were amazing however, improvising 5 minute scenes on every take. It is definitely going to be a nightmare to edit, but we had a blast just by watching this show play live.

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H.A.M.

And… it’s the time of “H.A.M”. this is the most demanding shoot I’ve been in to date. Set up to use all 6x 12-hour days allocated. We would practically live in this soundstage with a two-story house that Momo amazingly designed. Boise Esquerra wrote this period story in the sixties of a boy trying to fight back school bullies by showing them his nutjob father’s H.A.M. radio. But they didn’t imagine that astronauts and aliens would also be listening. Definitely the project was inviting and intriguing, something in between Close Encounters, The Goonies and Alien (omg, just like Stranger Things on Netflix –> MUST WATCH). I was 1st AD and Boise’s very ambitious shotlist and special effects heavy scenes did pay their toll in the end. We were clearly undercrewed and timing constraints finally derived in anger management issues that would force relationship and even friendship break ups. It’s sad, but it happens, and once it does you cannot go back. I hope Boise still managed to overcome his fears and finished the movie as good as it was coming out up until I had to leave. These are some pictures from the filming.

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Ernest & Lauren

The last production I was in, Amber’s social drama on homelessness, took us directly to Skid Row in DTLA. While it was naively unsafe, it was also exciting to undertake such an stance and go directly to speak with the source. People approached us to tell us their story and the tricks life had played on them. Another very interesting scene as a gaffer was the restaurant scene, set up in a Greenleaf restaurant during an overnight shoot day.

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Drones Don’t Fly starts principal photography

Drones Don’t Fly starts principal photography

It’s summer time but we have no vacation at NYFA. I have been filming for my upcoming film Drones Don’t Fly When the Sky Is Grey and also collaborating on other colleagues’ shoots. Now that I’m waiting in Stockholm for my connecting flight to Helsinki, I can write about it and post pictures of the fun we’ve been having! Oh yeah, by the way, Drones Don’t Fly is traveling to Helsinki to shoot with Mikko Hypponen… and we’re super excited!

IndieGogo

As many of you know this project was featured in indiegogo (http://igg.me/at/dronesdontfly) to help raise funds to make it possible. Many family members and friends pitched in and we managed to raise $1700 (after fees)!! We’re very thankful for it, but there’s still a long way to go until our goal of $7000. If you feel you want to participate in this, don’t hesitate to contact me (bea.cabrera@nyfa.edu) please!

Berlin

First day of Drones Don’t Fly we filmed in Berlin, at the c-base. This hackers’ retreat is awesomely decorated with geeky nineties memorabilia and random weird stuff hanging from places. It was the perfect location for Mia and they kindly let us shoot in the private area too.

We used a couple of 650kW fresnels and a 1K with party gels to enhance the already quirky lighting of the place, and shot on RED Epic. All the equipment was rented out from ufo-Filmgerät and my dear friends in Berlin helped me out with everything :). Special thanks to Javi, Pierre, Caro, Aaron, Ancilla, Andrea, Eli and Hugo.

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And, of course, Berlin breakfast in the balcony:

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Los Angeles

The next three days were set in Los Angeles. We started off in a soundstage in Burbank for the first day. Second day was at a bar in Studio City and then we all moved to Hollywood for the rest of locations. Shoutout to Julio, Javi, Pablo, Jake, Jason, Motaz, Amber, Francia, Carlos, Jaan, Mairi, Amy, Dhruv, Robert, Joseph, Skip, Jorge, Tom, Andrew, Pardiep, Phylis, Gemma, James and Danii.

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Amber’s funny job as 2nd AC.
Igor Kovacevich trying to spy on us through the curtains...
Igor Kovacevich trying to spy on us through the curtains…
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Jason setting up lights
Jason setting up lights
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Gemma, Amy and Dhruv.
Gemma, Amy and Dhruv.
James and Gemma playing around with the guns.
James and Gemma playing around with the guns.
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Amber, James and Gemma
Me with Julio, cam Op for the soundstage, and Jake, 1st AD.
Me with Julio, cam Op for the soundstage, and Jake, 1st AD.
Francia did a cameo too as FBI agent. Here with Joseph.
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Pablo, what the hell??
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Motaz helped as 1st AC the day at the sondstage.
Bar scene in Seventy7 North in Studio City.
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Robert in the voice over booth

Helsinki

And now we’re off to Helsinki for our fourth day of shooting. We will be filming at the F-Secure headquarters and Mikko Hypponen is our cameo guest of honor. We’re renting an EZ Jib, a dana dolly, a Kino and fresnels from Kinos Filmi, and shooting on a Blackmagic Production Camera 4K (with 2 Zeiss Primes, 35mm and 85mm), that I have yet to read the manual of. Very excited, as it should be!

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