Friday, July 29, 2005

More BTS photos found

Found a few more behind the scenes photos from our last shoot on Sunday. We will be on location filming this Sunday and Tuesday, after that Webisode #5 will be wrapped and we will head into the editing room for post-production. We will be launching the webisode Friday night, August 26th so mark the date on your calendar.

Monday, July 18, 2005

BEHIND THE SCENES: Sunday, July 17, 2005

For the day's complete photo gallery, click here.

Behind the scenes videos:
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*First shot of the day.

*Setting up the last scene of the weekend.

*Martin wrapped.

Director's Journal:
The final day of the crazy three day lake house weekend, where we were to complete the rest of our scenes at this location, 22 pages all together. That's pretty damn impressive if you ask me. We were a little late getting the first shot off, but once we finally did we were off and running until we wrapped a little after 10pm just as a thunderstorm rolled through. It was close, we were constantly barely getting shots in under the wire all day, it was chaotic, but God was on our side even if the dumbass people in Cedar Creek were not. Clouds rolled in about mid-afternoon for the first time in weeks, which was fine as we shot the first half of a scene outside, but then we had to wait for Lara to complete her transformation into whore-DeeDee. Not her fault, but the clouds appeared to be on their way out and I had to keep yelling inside that our scene was about to be effed, since it was the second half of the scene and it had to match what we had already shot. And Branden has already wrapped and went home so we could not reshoot the first part. Shit. We hurried Lara outside and shot two takes before the sun came out, but there appeared we were going to be saved by a few straggler in the distance. This gave us time to calm down and rehearse more and be ready to go when the sun went behind the clouds again and we were able to get a few more really good takes in before mr. sun came back out. Next was a rooftop sunrise scene being faked at sunset. We caught a wide sillouette shot right at the perfect moment, the sun literally set on screen during the shot. We had to pull out the 1ks after that to fake sunlight to get our closeups. We finished the day with a night scene I was looking forward too where Deana is sitting on the dock sipping a drink and is confronted by Tate and they have a heated conversation. Martin and Givani were just rock solid, I mean really good stuff. They only got one closeup each because of the approaching storm. The wind started to pick up as I jumped in the paddle boat with Tyson again and boated out a bit for our wide. Lightening was blasting in the sky in the distance and the wind was rocking the boat as they finished the take, we called a wrap and scramble to tear the lights down and get inside and loaded up just as the rain started. Literally as I turned the keys on head back to Omaha. Like, I said, that was close. Big props to the entire cast and crew that worked their ass off, dailies look just incredible and if the second half of the scenes go just as well, this will be by far a stellar webisode.

Lara Adkin's Cast Diary (Dee Dee):
Martin and I were supposed to meet at 11:30am in Omaha and drive out the cabin together, since everyone else was already out there and Martin wasn't sure of the way. However, in retrospect, it probably wasn't Director Dan's brightest idea to have the two people who are ALWAYS late drive together. Since at 11:35 I was just pulling out of my driveway, and when I called Martin to let him know I'd be late, he said he, too, had just left. So we got to the cabin at about 12:30 instead of noon like we were supposed too. But everyone did a great job and everything seemed to be going well, until it was time to shoot my whored-out scene. Apparently I took too long to get ready and Director Dan was getting quite testy. And then when I finally WAS ready I kept flubbing my lines or delivering them so badly that Dan felt the need to do a ten-minute one-on-one with me (note to self: do not be surprised if Dee is written out of the show soon). And then a car would stop and ask for directions. And then an airboat would scream by. And then scream by again two minutes later. And then it would be quiet and we'd start to shoot and the airboat would drive by again. But against all odds, we got it done. Barely. On the plus side, though, I had expected to be out there until 11pm, and I got done just after 9! Yay Dan!

Sunday, July 17, 2005

BEHIND THE SCENES: Saturday, July 16, 2005

For the day's complete photo gallery, click here.

Director's Journal:
Our first call wasn't until 5pm so everyone was able to catch up on sleep after the late night of filming. Our first scene was one half of a phone conversation with Bill Wassem who plays George Vallone. I crammed myself into the passenger seat backwards and Givani sat in the backseat and fed Bill her lines for him to play off of. We drove around town for about 1/2 hour shooting his dialogue before returning to base where I unkinked my body from that awful position. By that time the rest of the crew had arrived for their call time and we saddled up and headed back out to our lake house location on the river. We arrived about 7pm, just in time for the start of magic hour sunlight and squeezed in the other half of the phone conversation with Givani by the river as she talks on a headset. The light was perfect and in her closeup the river and sunset are framed perfectly in her sunglasses. While that was going on, Parks, JB and Tyson were setting up the dolly and lights in the back of the lake house where we were to shoot a good dialogue scene with Vallone and Paul as they smoked cigars. The spot was out of the sunlight so we had to fake the light with our 1ks and I must say we're getting really good at that. It was a scene I was looking forward to and Branden and Bill really nailed it. We ended the night before we lost all available light with another quick phone conversation with Givani. We improvised a water dolly out of a paddle boat as I rode with Tyson out onto the lake to get some cool shots with Givani talking on the dock as we slowly moved in on her. We finished just in time as our light ran out and wrapped rather early and kicked back with some cold ones and watch dailies.

Behind the scenes videos:
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*Getting ready for Bill and Branden's scene.

*JB marking the dock scene.

*The water dolly in action.

*Steady as she goes.

Saturday, July 16, 2005

BEHIND THE SCENES: Friday, July 15, 2005

As promised.

Complete behind the scenes photo gallery click here.

Behind the scenes videos:
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*Cast and crew loading up to head to the location.

*Bill and Givani running lines on the way to the set.

*Lara arriving on set.

*Sneak peek on set.


Director's Journal: Back to the ole grind here at EvansAmerica, after a 10 week break, we've hit the ground running with the resumption of production on webisode #5. Cast and crew met at my place about 6pm and loaded up into vehicles to make the trek out to the lake house location on the Platte River. A very hot night as the cast sat out back running lines as we worked for about two hours on our lighting setup inside. Which proved to be difficult because the sun was still up so we had to use some guess work in how it was going to look as we set the lights in place. We took our time, used all six of our lights, using up both light kits and we even lit some plants in the background with existing lamps. The setup turned out very good indeed, I was very pleased. About 9pm it was getting dark enough to start tweaking our colors and levels and we brought the cast in and went over blocking. After two run throughs we were ready to start rolling film and off we went. The cast was very solid, and didn't miss a beat, they seemed unaffected from the hiatus and got right back into their characters. We shot an impressive 7.5 pages of the script and wrapped about 1am, which was right on time. It took us about 45 minutes to tear down and about 2am we were loaded up and heading back to Omaha. A great start back, I don't think it could have gone any better.

Branden Maslonka's Cast Diary (Paul):
Ah yes, starting with the shooting again. It feels good to get back, and I think we all need to knock some rust off ourselves. It was nice having Bill on set for the first shoot because he really does bring an air of distinguished to the set. Everyone gets pumped when he's on set because we pretty much know that we are in for a money scene. Of course Bill was flawless (as usual) and the rest of us got into a groove after a while. The lighting for the scene was flawless, I honestly think it is one of Dan's bestest lighting jobs that I have seen. They did a really good job of recreating a sunset coming through the window. On another note it seems as though we are getting more and more hits on the website everyday, this is very exciting to me because that means that more and more girls are seeing my pretty pretty face. Seriously though, it is awesome that more people are seeing and being exposed to the message that we are trying to portray. So to all of you that read this I say thank you for supporting us, and continue to check the website for new episodes and behind the scene footage. If you have something to say, let your voice be heard on the blogs, nothing is out-of-bounds. We live in America right? You can supposedly say what you want in this great country without any consequences (we all know this is not true), but I promise that it is true on this website. Don't suppress your mind and opinions, let them be heard. Peace.

Wednesday, July 13, 2005

Production resumes

At 6pm Friday night, production will resume on EvansAmerica and I think everyone on the cast and crew has enjoyed their break but is also excited about getting back to the webisodes. We will be filming scenes from webisode #5 and will continue with production through September when we will wrap up the season finale.

Like I said before, we are actually going to have a plethora of behind the scenes media for you to enjoy and follow along with our production. Photo galleries, cast diaries, production journals and our new video diaries. Check back on this blog Saturday afternoon for Friday's behind the scenes update and the following days likewise for Saturday and Sunday productions.

Monday, July 11, 2005

Going, going gone

This could be my last chance to ever link this site in a timely way. Sheer brilliance.

And as much as I'd love to countdown the days to the Karl Rove farewell tour (re: What ever place they throw people found guilty of treason), I don't think that's on the immediate horizon.

Why, you ask? Because Karl Rove is an evil genius. Evil isn't quite the word I'm looking for, but it's the equivalent of Inspector Gadget finally breaking into the evil lair of Dr. Claw and finding the dummy hand connected to a bomb.

The guy won't get punished. There is no accountability in this administration. In fact, I wouldn't be surprised if he was G-dub's pick to replace Sandra Day O'Connor. That is the pattern, right? Some act of gross incompetence then a promotion? Granted, after playing Svengali to the President of the United States, Supreme Court justice is actually a demotion.

This is sounding a lot more venomous than I'm intending. I have to be clear. Karl Rove is a facinating character to me. Here's a guy, that doesn't really do anything except be a total dick, but still leave himself enough wiggle room to not have anything stick to him. He's like Lex Luthor. I'm not saying that anyone on the other side of the aisle is even Jimmy Olsen at this point, but Rovey is, in my mind, a super villian.

Don't get me wrong, I totally think harsh punishment is in line. I'm just not holding my breath while the powers that be are the powers that be. Whatever, it's still two-weeks off-message, which is two weeks closer to Lame Duck.

Thursday, July 07, 2005

Bombing innocent people is so two years ago

So those crazy bastards are at it again, bombing London this time. Good thing we have been fighting that two year war in Iraq over there so they we don't have to over here in our cities...oh wait...oops. I just have one question for the Islamic exremists, what is your end game? I mean WTF, you effing jerkfaces. You can blow people up, we get it.

But America went ahead and elected Bush because Kerry wouldn't know what to do in the aftermath of another terrorist attack, so what now? Do we just pick another random country to invade?

Two things really pissed me off today, first off the people who did this, you assholes, but I mean it's London, those people are tough as shit and have been through worse than this. The second and I don't usually do this, but the panel on Fox News 'Special Report with Brit Hume'. Their "fair and balanced" panelists were really struggling to hide their glee, it was sickening. They went on and on about how this attack was going to boost Bush's poll numbers and bring the public back around on Iraq and push the Patriot Act through and put an end to the nonsense of cracking down on global warming and combating aids, debt and poverty in Africa that was top on the agenda at the G8 Summit. Yes, good thing with one terrorist attack we quickly drop all the progress we had planned for the world. That's not letting the terrorists win at all.

Saturday, July 02, 2005

On the horizon: Webisode #5

Our six week hiatus from the show will come to and end on Tuesday after we enjoy blowing the shit out of stuff this Fourth of July weekend. That's right, the script is finished and we will start going through clean ups as part of our pre-production phase that begins churning once again. Casting, location scouting and storyboarding goes full steam ahead as we have a July 15th d-day date set for filming to start. We are going to have several new features for the website for people to follow along with production and this will be your spot to check in for behind the scenes photos, journals and our new video diaries, candid video on set with the cast and crew. The webisode has a late August/early September launch date planned, but of course we won't know specifics until that gets a lot closer. So have a safe holiday weekend and we'll see you on the flip side.

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