As expected, the Bu sleepover was an absolute success. We got some incredible shots of the very last scene in the movie, and Maria gave her best performance all year that night. We also got to finish up a lot of clips of different dreams and other scenes that we still had to get. But more importantly, Peter’s aunt made us amazing vegan desserts and Maria made us homemade banana peanut butter ice cream, so we had delicious desserts and watched Frozen (!!!!!) for the rest of the night. Even though shooting for almost 5 hours was a lot of work, we also had so much fun goofing off throughout the night. A pancake breakfast in the morning was a perfect end to the sleepover, and we’re already talking about having another one.
Ever since we got our April 16th due date a few weeks ago, the pressure has been on. But despite all the stress, things are finally starting to come together. We’ve been coming after every day after school to film and edit, and over the last two weeks, we’ve got some of our best shots EVER. Last week, we filmed a flashback scene in the woods with Emily, Rachel, and Liz, and everything went exactly as we had hoped. We even found an abandoned swing that Emily swung on. The lighting was perfect (bright but a little shadowy), and even though it was freezing out, we had such a great time getting those shots done. The dream-like feel of the scene allowed John to get really creative with the camera, which resulted in some beautiful shots. After we finished that scene, we moved right along to film a dream that takes place in a graveyard. We tried to get that one done as soon as we could (not only was it freezing, but we also probably weren’t allowed to film there), but even though the shoot was longer, the footage was amazing. The sun was starting to set and it gave the whole scene a hazy, dreamy feel to it, and we’re really proud of how that turned out. Up until now, Pontis hasn’t been in many scenes, but that day let her really show off why she’s the perfect Emily.
Finally, we overcame one of our biggest obstacles today: figuring out how to get the writing on the wall in St. Martin’s room. I suggesting using an overhead projector a few months back, but we put the idea on the back burner. But when our other option (using a long strip of paper) didn’t work out, I suggested it again, and the outcome was amazing. It really looked like someone wrote on the wall, and we’re so proud of how the shots look.
Even though we’re sad things are coming to a close, we’re also so excited to finish this project, and we’re so happy with everything we’ve done so far. Our late nights after school almost every single day are really starting to pay off, and we couldn’t be happier.
Until next time,