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November 18, 2000 - Geoff & John meet Mongo

Horray! 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 self:
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 motorcycle.

John, 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


November 26, 2000 - Byte Me Dating

How'z this for wacky: I needed someone to play the small part of the dating service sales person that Johnny meets when he goes to a dating service to help him find that perfect someone. I've been avoiding casting someone up till now, because it wasn't that important in the grand scheme of things. I didn't feel like rummaging through all the headshots that I received over a year ago and doing formal auditions. I wanted to pound this out as quickly as possible.

I asked everyone in the cast who they knew who might want to join our "merry band of pirates." Beth Lahr had a buddy by the name of Julie Hoffmen, a co-worker of hers. Beth said she was cool, I spoke to Julie on the phone, she sounded intelligent and up for it. I didn't have her headshot, nor did I know what she looked like. My only concern at that point was that Julie didn't look like a Smurf. Julie assured me she wasn't completely blue. Perfect.

We shot the scene in Geoffs Productive Media entrance. That's his desk we cleared off and stuck all those happy couple pictures up. We were going to call it "Love Bytes Dating", but too many people were already using the name online. Who the hell would call themselves "Byte Me" Dating? (Thus avoiding any legal hassles.)

Note to indie self:
Make sure on the next film to lease out office space with lots of expensive furniture. Then have casting cattle calls where lots of actors parade before me while I sit there with this furrowed brow and pretend as if I'm not pleased with anyone.

A few months ago I had a woman read for this part. She had a noticeable Boston accent and I thought, "why the hell would I want someone who sounds like THAT doing this part? Cripes!" (I guess I'm biased against people with southern/lower-class accents, what can I say?) Even though the part is kinda small, I didn't want to lose an opportunity to "make it stick", or have it add something to the film, other than being a boring transitional sequence. Cut to 8 months later and I'm thinking, "Hmmm, maybe it WOULD be kinda silly to have the person sound like they used to work in a textile mill." It would explain the bad date Johnny ends up going on. The Boston accent was in. (Now I'm paranoid that some female actor will come up to me and go, "Yooz BAH-stard, AH coulda' done tAHt pAHrt!")

Seein' double

Who's directing here?

"It's wicked awesome"


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