Return to Sender: Shoot Day 2

On Sunday, March 18, 2018, we had our second day of shooting for my upcoming short film, Return to Sender. After our first shoot was so immensely successful, I was really looking forward to another day of filming.

At the first shoot, I felt that it took a bit for me to get back into the director’s chair, at least to sit there comfortably again. By the end of that first shoot, I had gotten the swing of things again. I was hoping that I’d still be ready to go for this second shoot as well. I think I can safely say that I did well.

This shoot had the same crew as before. I definitely had more actors to work with this time around though. I was working with three actors at this shoot. Two of these actors were playing minor detective roles. They clicked together very easily. I’m very happy with my casting choice for them. The other actress was playing my supporting character. She really embodied the role, just as I knew she would when she was cast.

We filmed the bulk of the story at our first shoot, so this time around was definitely much more simple. It was a smaller location, so there was less area to appropriately light. It was actually my own house, so there was less space that needed to be decorated. I mainly had to focus on empty wall space. I’ll talk more about set and prop design in another post.

It wasn’t as difficult as I thought it was going to be to direct three actors at once. Either I just got lucky or I was adequately prepared. In any case, I’m happy that it went well.

For this shoot, half of the day was spent finishing up the visuals for the end of the film. Once this was completed, the majority of the cast and crew were able to leave. Our supporting actress stuck around for a while longer in order to fill in some of the audio gaps from our first shoot. Despite it being her first time recording voiceover, she got the hang of it very quickly. She did a fantastic job.

It all went very smoothly. Everyone got along really well. There was lots of laughs. This made for a really great energy throughout the day. I think the food at craft services went over well. I almost wiped out and dropped the camera rig at one point while attempting a handheld shot that won’t even make the final cut, but I think it went well!

We’re officially in post production now. I can’t wait to see how this all turns out.

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