Thursday, February 4, 2010

Go Go Power Rangers!

I FINALLY HAVE THE MISSING PIECE OF THE PUZZLE – hurrah! I can now breathe a sigh of relief as the part of Sean was finally cast this afternoon with none other than the green Power Ranger himself – Milo Cawthorne! His screen test (along with about 8 others) came in and after watching them all there was no doubt in my mind that he was Sean. The poor guy got the news around 5pm today, flies here tomorrow and starts shooting Sunday (eek)! He is young though so should be able to handle it right? He is a Power Ranger after all!

Anyhow, it has been quite a hectic day (in fact it is still going – it is currently 8pm and I have yet to start on my shot list nor finalizing the photos needed of the albums). I digress – the day started at 8am with a last look at my locations with my cinematographer (James), my assistant director (Joe), my production manager (Gary), my production designer (Ken) and good old location manager (Daz).

I was a little nervous as I had mentally prepared myself for what I thought was going to be a day of people telling me “no” and “cut it”. My script had been sent off to be timed and came back at 3mins 33 seconds (aka 33 seconds too long and that was without credits) and that added to me being over budget was just a lot of bad news. Nevertheless, today ended up being GREAT, as I had always said that my script looks like it runs long, but because all the shots and sequences happen so quickly it is in fact the right length. After going over what I wanted, looking at shot options, discussing editing etc… both Joe and James were on the same page as me and had my back (yay team “c” as they are calling us)! Don’t get me wrong – we are on a VERY TIGHT rope and should anything go wrong (which it probably will) we are going to have to start cutting shots so I guess we will just have to wait and see.

It was then back to the office where I sent some ideas and work off to Park Road Post to my editor Jonno. I had a conference call with my post team last night and we had discussed maybe using a clip of aerial stock footage in the montage sequence and he may need to change the color of the car. Seeing as my post is so straight forward, he said that it should not be a problem so we shall see. We also discussed the look that I am going for (super saturated colors, with a bit of a faded look – its called Bleach Bypass and is what was used in such movies as “Delicatessen”, “Saving Private Ryan”, “Se7en” and “Fight Club”). Apparently because we are shooting on the RED camera, this is just a matter of adding a filter and playing with it in the film timing – cant wait to see it all!

Anyhow, then it was off to meet Ken at his warehouse again to look at the signage that is being used as the opening credit sequence and to choose photo albums. The signage looks GREAT (its really bringing everything to life) and the photo albums are going to work out really well…

Now I must get back to work but also wanted to let you know that on the scout today I DID NOT BREAK OUT INTO A HUMAN HIVE! Hurrah! Yippee! I covered every inch of myself and wore wrap around sunglasses. Then when I got back to the car, I wiped myself down with wet wipes, took eye drops and it was all-good! I think it must have something to do with all the good “Anti Allergy” vibes everyone has been sending – THANK YOU!!


  1. OMG Aya is all looking so very "Ayaish" and splendid. If I am sooooo excited I can only begin to imagine how it is for you my dear. You are indeed a wonder.
    Love "THE END". Nice touch

  2. You Go Girl:
    It sounds like you are having the time of your life. Good Luck come shooting day!!!
    I will be checking in daily. xoxo Tammy

  3. I can't wait to see more shirtless Brad Pitt in your moovie!

    Juuust kidding. When I was in Queenstown I drove on that road along the lake (it appears some locations are there?) and I audibly gasped when after a bend in the road revealed the most magnifiscent view. Cant wait to see what you do with that scenery!