8/31 – Wrapped!

Cast and crew arrived in Duluth, MN by noon Friday, August 31 to prepare for our final day of shooting. The weather was gorgeous and left us all (quite) sunburned but happy at the end of the day.

Sam’s aunt and uncle played host to the nine of us at Harbor Cove Marina. We filmed around the dock space throughout the early afternoon, took a late lunch (generously provided by Sam’s extended family), and dashed off to Leif Erikson park to film a dream sequence. After a roundabout arrival, costume changes, lens switches and a location that really didn’t work we did a bit of improvisation and the setting changed from a bridge to train tracks. Ah, the beauty of dreams!

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These guys kept us company until our late-lunch could take place.

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Our producer rocking out to “Payphone” the unofficial official theme song of Lucidity: The Movie.

We wrapped the dream sequence and drove back to the docks as fast as possible. We were met by the bridge being raised. Since we were in a time crunch (sunset waits for no one…) we got our sound recordings, car shots, and proceeded to complete the final dream sequence. The end of that scene will be significant on camera; however, it was a impacting moment for us because, with that, Zach fulfilled his obligation to our film. He had wrapped his character’s scenes.

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Now all we had to do was admire the sunset, jump aboard a boat, and wrap Heather’s scenes. Riding into a beautiful sunset we wrapped shooting. We spent the rest of the night relaxing, reflecting, and celebrating.

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Moving speeches and toasts were given by each of the leading roles and lead crew members. The love and gratitude among cast and crew towards one another was palpable that evening. Each of these persons played a direct role in making dreams come true. College friends evolved into professional colleagues and a creative team. Aspiring actors garnered title roles and made close friends. College students gained experience on set and reaffirmed their passions. We laughed, cried, worked exhausting hours, and experienced the satisfaction of wrapping a feature-length film together.

To reiterate Kaitlin’s speech on Friday, “It was an honor working with you all.” For all of you who participated in the Kickstarter, followed our blog, participated once or a thousand times during shooting, and the rest of you who put up with our exhausted and excited selves, thank you. It was an honor working with you. This wouldn’t have been possible without your love, support, donations, and energy.

In retrospect it was fitting that we wrapped the last day of August. The end of August rightly represented the end of summer: Kaitlin left for home, our actors started new jobs, some of our crew returned to college, and others returned to Northfield to begin Stage 2 of the film-making process. As the seasons change September will lead us into a period of post-production (hopefully!)  just as successful and rewarding as our August production.

Keep dreaming,

Lucidity Cast and Crew

On-Set 8/27-8/29

Hello, dear Lucidity followers, we’re back again! (See? We told you we’d have more updates for you!) We dove into our long and final week of shooting on Monday. We finished the diner scenes, leaving behind our bakery cases of artfully-arranged pastries and trading them for the hallways and lecture halls of Olin Hall on Carleton College’s campus.

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On Tuesday morning the cast and crew ready themselves to delve into action sequences and scenes with real guns.

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After a long day of hallway chases and spattering fake blood on unsuspecting extras we dashed home for dinner and just barely made it out to a corn field on the outskirts of Northfield.

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Eco-friendly aliens creep on Tony and Lee Ann during a dream sequence.

We wrapped the cornfield takes and headed back to Olin to film our final scenes for the day. Having accrued twenty-five student extras in twenty-four hours, Sam distributed the proper paperwork and Kaitlin proceeded to direct them on deadpan faces, jumping over stationary chairs while shouting FIRE!, and listening to improvised speeches by our main character, Tony.

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The majority of today was spent resting up from late shooting and in preparation for our final two days on set. We frantically located a hospital-esque location while sifting through HIPAA restrictions and nursing homes with upper respiratory infections. We finally found something after several emails and phone calls to health care providers in the surrounding area, thankfully. Tomorrow brings chapel and hospital shoots, and a drive to the Walker’s Internet Cat Video Film Festival to celebrate our almost-completed film. (Yes, an Internet Cat Video Film Festival exists. We are excited.) Friday morning we drive to Duluth to wrap with Tony and Lee Ann on the lake.

We’re almost there! We couldn’t be more excited and more ready to bring Part I of this adventure to a close. It’s been a long three weeks, but it has created many inside jokes, formed close relationships, and strengthened our desire to be involved in the art world as filmmakers and actors.

On-Set 8/26

After a late night Saturday night we were up trying to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed at 7:30am to head over to the diner again. After a morning full of productive shooting we took a lunch break and headed back to work. Hard work pays off–we were able to finish early today and send cast and crew home early for well-deserved and much-needed naps and relaxation! As we move into our final week of shooting we look forward to aliens, massive amounts of extras, and a trip to Duluth to film the final scenes of the movie. Cross your fingers! We’ve got some great and busy days ahead of us.

Lee Ann wakes after a long night of brilliance and emotional turmoil.Image

In order to dress the set Jack took to smashing plates on the sidewalk. We got great sound recordings and smashing photos.

NEW: Photo Gallery!

In case you don’t find the three/four image uploads satisfying and need more snippets of the production, head over to our new Photo Gallery! The last two weeks are up already and the coming week will be updated as we go. Hopefully it’ll extend so far as to our cast and crew trussed up for award festivals…but that’s for later. Either way, do enjoy, and know that we couldn’t be having as much fun without your help, love, and support.

Many thanks to all involved!

On-Set 8/25

Hey everyone! Sorry we’ve been gone so long; it’s been a crazy week! In order to make up to you for our lacking posts, enjoy these photos and catch up on the scenes we’ve shot. It’s looking beautiful!

Morning Scenes:

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We began shooting scenes in the diner, Lee Ann’s place of employment, yesterday. Our location is on Railway Street in Dundas, MN. All day long people kept peeking in, hoping that the diner was reopening. Unfortunately for them, it is not. However, they did get to witness us hard at work from 9am to 1am!

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Tracie, Lee Ann’s best friend and fellow waitress, trying to sneak a bite of a sandwich. “Food, food everywhere, but not a bite to eat!”

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Extras for one of the diner scenes, looking happy energetic. Special thanks to them for coming down to help us out!

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Much like Lee Ann’s dresser, you may never see the bakery case featured. Nevertheless, this is our shout-out to the set decorators!

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Our producer, Sam Dunnewold, perpetually with his phone in hand, hard at work and loving the movie-making life.

Night Scenes

After wrapping an afternoon full of shooting, we went home for a dinner break, lamented over the rain that was getting in the way of alien shots, and then returned to the diner around 9 to continue for another four hours. In that span of time the diner customers became more daring and medieval in nature. You could almost say they seemed to be “out of this world…”

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Birtini the elf carries a tray of brownies through the diner in a dream sequence.

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Ben, an extra, relaxes in between takes. The cast had a great time with the various cloaks, costumes, and props, such as broadswords and katanas.

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The most important member of our cast which gets far too little love is our camera itself! It’s been working double-time and shooting beautifully. It was ready for its close-up.

Image“Do we have more disposable cups?” –Drollo, Kearella’s love interest

Check back for the highlights from 8/26 and our last week of shooting, which starts tomorrow.

Week 2 Overview

Hello everyone! We wanted to grace you with some of the photographs from our second week of filming. Do enjoy! There are many more to come from the weekend shoots.

On-Set Monday 8/20

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Early Monday morning at 5:30am we set out to film a dream sequence that involved plexiglass boxes, bubbles upon bubbles, and beautiful lighting.

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Dewdrops on roses and whiskers on kittens…these are a few of my favorite things! Bubbles on the field from dream sequence featuring Tony and Lee Ann.

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Monday afternoon we ventured into Carleton College’s Arboretum to film scenes with elves Kearella and Birtini and other woodland creatures.

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Kearella the Elf, Cover Shot

On-Set Friday 8/24

Tuesday and Wednesday’s shoots featured shoots in Tony’s home (pictures in earlier posts!) After a much-needed day of rest on Thursday, we were up bright and early at 4:30am to head out to our lake location to film more dream sequences with Tony and Lee Ann.

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ImageGracing you with stills from filming are the lovebirds as they greet one another with a kiss while the moment lingers and dawn approaches.

I say, do you have any Grey Poupon?

Jack has this funny thing where a bottle of mustard is a key part of his camera equipment package.

Actually, let’s back up a bit.  Back during pre-production, we decided one of the motifs of this film was going to be handheld vs fixed camera.  When there’s stability in someone’s life, the camera sits on a tripod.  When there’s not, handheld.  Cool.  Mostly this translates to “dreams are shot on the tripod, real life is handheld”.

Problem with this plan is that there’s a fine line between handheld camera and home movie camera.  You have to make it stay in one place for the most part, and then you need to balance it with more than just your hands or it’ll look way too wobbly and make people motion sick.  So you use a table, a camera case, a second person, a tripod, or in some cases a bottle of mustard to keep the camera from wobbling too much.  Which leads to the great image of Jack staring intently at his hands while balancing a camera on a bottle of mustard on a table.

Pictures of the Week: 2nd week of shooting

Remember back when we posted updates?  Yeah, I don’t either.

We shot a dream sequence where everyone was blond and wearing red sunglasses. Except some of the extras (you can’t see their heads on camera).

 

Cinema is pain – sometimes you have to get up at 4:30AM in order to shoot dawn. But for beautiful shots in the morning light, it’s worth it.

 

On the other hand, sometimes you have to stay up until 2AM working to make sure those night time scenes work. And sometimes you have to stand silhouetted in the window like a creepy person watching the director work with actors.

Pictures of the Day 8/18

Whew!  It’s been a busy week!  The last couple days got away from us with updates, so here’s a few pictures to make up for it.

Anna individually sorts sprinkles into different colored piles so that each character’s ice-cream sundae will better match up with their color scheme. The things we do for mise-en-scene!

Hannah White (assistant camera) and Jack make a blanket fort! It’s for bouncing light around. No really.

Actors practice picking up the corpse of Morgan (Bryce Kalal) under direction of Kaitlin Randolph. Jack (camera department) digs in a trunk.

A still from the movie itself – when you sit down and watch the thing, you will see this image at some point! Lee Ann (Heather) and Tony (Zach) have a romantic evening together in dream-Paris (Eiffel Tower not yet included, but just imagine it out there in the distance).

 

Picture of the Day 8/15

 

This is the scene our main character has created on the top of her dresser.  You can’t quite see it here, but that duck is sitting in a magic fountain.  It’s all very adorable.  We spent a bunch of time thinking about our character, what she’s like, what her routine is, what kinds of things she has in her house.  That kind of thought let us create scenes like this… that then never even show up in the film.  That’s right, it turns out this cute little scene was never seen on camera.  We got a pickup shot of her fiddling with it in case we want to use it, but it may be that no one ever knows that this scene is always there by her bed except us.  And you, I guess.  Frankly, now that it’s public domain, a lot of people will probably know.  But the point remains – it was there, and it added something to the atmosphere on set even if it was never seen.  Strange how that works.

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