Today was the last outdoor sequence we needed shot. I had
originally hoped that all of these would have been completed
by the end of summer, but I didn't have enough money to buy
the necessary film and processing at the time. If you notice
from the photos, if was jacket weather, but we were trying
to make it look like it still September.
Note to indie
Make sure to pay the next cast and crew, so when they start
to look miserable on a cold day with their jackets off (to
match a scene shot earlier in the year), you won't feel so
guilty about having them trying to re-create this bullshit
you thought up.
In this scene,
Geoff and John confront Mongo, the person they think is the
computer hacker who has been harassing them for the entire
story. Shortly after writing this scene, I started thinking
"who would be good for Mongo?" The biggest guy I know is Brian
White, a 3D computer artist who's done a bunch of computer
games and other things for TLC and the Discovery Channel.
The joke here is that the biker dude LOOKS fierce, but he's
actually a nice guy in person. Brian is one of the nicest
persons I know, a real comedy movie buff and intelligent.
Why go to central casting when I've got the people who I know
I will enjoy working with around me already?
I then needed a
motorcycle and a location. Brian already had a bike, but it
was one of those Japanese import models. (i.e. "a rice shitter")
Geoff had mentioned that he knew of a neighbor with a "colorful
past" who had a large Harley Davidson. (i.e. "a hog") This
person agreed to allow us to film at their place and use his
Geoff and I paid a visit earlier in the week to scout out
the location. The owner was the nicest guy. We all got some
extra cold beers, heard some great stories, played with his
dog, fixed his computer and admired his substantial knife
collection. I knew that I needed to build a Mongo website,
so that Geoff and John can learn of his identity. I was hoping
I could take some pictures of Brian looking tough with a bunch
of biker dudes and post them on this website. When I saw all
the knives, I knew I could use these to make Brian look like
a "real nutcase" (as noted by John when he discovers his website.)
We had a bunch of fun with Brian making him sneer and looking
tough while posing with all of this cutlery.
A technical concern
was the fact that my light was going to disappear by 4 o'clock.
Tony Annesi was to arrive
around 3 pm from his last karate class, so I only had an hour
to get what I needed with him. When we first started filming,
I had direct sunlight on John and Geoff, and by the time Tony
arrived, it was starting to get dark and cold. I yanked off
the 85 filter half way through filming to get a couple of
more f-stops. (Kodak 7274 asa 200) I'm pretty sure those guys
at the transfer place can match the color between the sequences.
I guess we'll hafta wait and see.
Mongo at home
Mongo & crew
Janet biker chick
Mongo & Tony
The entire gang
Mongo makes toast