Well, we shot our first sequences in Sabinal, Texas. We can’t thank the people of Sabinal enough for opening their town and their homes to us. We want the movie to feel like it takes place in a REAL small town. And it does. These guys have just been so accepting to the film and the company. It’s why Texas is a great place to be an indie filmmaker. All I can do is hope that we measure up!
Also very cool to have our favorite Torontonian back in Texas. Mike flew in to cover the role of PAUL for us. He was nervous/excited and the verdict is in…he did a great job. Also excited to have had Nick Lortisch and Vicky Illk join the team. Nick is the talented filmmaker behind BORN AND RAISED. He came down here on his own volition and really brought a great presence to the set. Vicky is one of my favorite actors to have joined our merry little band in a long time. Can’t wait to a long career with her.
Friday night we gathered in Sabinal to shoot at Sabinal High School and at the street dance. Of course, nothing is easy in indie film. We dealt with a flat tire that included a wrecker driver who sold his tools for Meth. Seriously guys. He showed up with his wrecker an hour late. Then didn’t have the tools to help with the situation. I tried to be Zen about it. I really did. Emily started to direct the scene until I arrived an hour late. Can’t say enough about Emily. I have nothing but respect for someone who isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. That’s what it’s all about in my opinion…you have to bite off more than you can chew some times. Only then will you grow. This chick is undaunted.
We finally got rolling and got some great stuff. I was very impressed with our Sabinal crew. Tiffany, Marina, Dylan, Joshua, all worked their rear ends off and really jumped in. You can’t help but be inspired by young film students learning their craft and being reminded of why WE’RE doing this in the first place. Also have to shout out to the Krings. They come through for us at every turn. This time was no different. They kept us fed and…well…hydrated through the night. Shooting at the street dance had its challenges. But with those challenges came some great shots. Thanks to Javier Flores and the Sabinal Chamber of Commerce for being so flexible. Their help is adding thousands of dollars of production value.
We followed up with a great day at the football stadium. Something about being on a field in a small Texas town just felt….right. Old age really slammed me in the face. I’ve got anywhere from 5-6 really good throws in me at any given time. Then I’m done. We finished the day shooting at a VERY cool Rodeo arena. This movie and the locations lend themselves to a lot of wide shots. And the rusted arena with the blue Texas sky in the background just pops.
We drove the 2 1/2 hours back to Austin where we unpacked then went to see Texas Renegade at Cheatham street. Cinematographer Chris Copple shot some of the cast just hanging out. Great footage. We’ll see how it cuts in.
We wrapped Mike the next day. He went out of his comfort zone for this part and he trusted me. And it came through. There is a pain that comes through his performance thats not in the script that makes this thing richer. So now he’s wrapped and were cutting his scenes already. Everything is coming together. And last, a thanks to my wife, who, with an hours notice, prepared food for 12 hungry filmmakers and entertained us watching the movie Jaws…
It’s what Twitchy Dolphin Flix is all about. #Family #Film. And an epic Texas sky.