It’s been a week since we finished shooting for The A.R.K. Report, the short film we’re producing with Moskoff Media. We’re only now recovering – it took a bit longer with Hurricane Sandy in between and no electricity – but we’re back and breathing.
The one thing I want to tell you about today is what Katy Castaldi, our lead female actress, told me was the first thing she learned in film school: Something Always Goes Wrong.
Thankfully we had very few mishaps, but here are just two of the highlights:
1. The second day on set, a pair of boots that Ayden Crispe – our child actress – needed for her costume, was put into the wrong freight car and sent down a dark alley of the mines (we were filming in the No. 9 Mine in Lansford, PA). Believe it or not, this held up production because we couldn’t move the actors’ makeup car into the mines without finding them first (long logistical story). So 16 people are there, getting paid, and we can’t move forward.
2. When we finally did find the boots and could move forward, I was in the actors makeup car with some other adults and four child actors. Our car’s vents were closed to keep the heat in from the kerosene lamp. Well, it’s a bumpy ride into the mine, as you can see here, and the lamp went off as we were bumping along, but the gas was still going. Pascal Yen-Pfister, our lead male actor, had the mind to try to shut off the gas, but somehow the switch didn’t work, so we all yelled at the top of our lungs for the conductor to stop. We weren’t sure he’d be able to hear us over the raucous of the train on the tracks, but thankfully he did, and he came to open the doors (which were locked from the outside) and turn off the kerosene heater. I’m happy to report that no one asphyxiated! Not on my watch!
In our last post we shared with you some of the shots that Shmuel took in the mine. Well here are some that I took in the mine on my iPhone from behind the scenes. (Disclaimer: I’m not a camera guy; I leave that to Shmuel:)
Stay tuned for more about our production of The A.R.K. Report including the abandoned building we filmed in, chasing animals off of set, and setting off explosions underneath city bridges. Cheers!