Archive for August, 2006

Second day of shooting!

Howdy folks,

Well, today was day number TWO for us! However, we were working on a bit of a handicap today. You see, none of the other crew members that were there last week were able to come this week, except for one. So, today, myself and Brian did everything, and did it like champs. I can’t tell you how much I appreciate all the hard work that Brian has put in so far!

Anyway, today was the filming of the “Orientation” video to be used in the film. We also filmed some stuff to use for the website.

So, I left my house at 7:30 AM, got to William Paterson around 9ish. I met up with Dr. Sahni, the safety officer in the science building. He was kind enough to show me six or so different labs that we could use for filming. I finally decided on one, which looked great, and headed outside to wait for the rest of the crew.

Brian and Barry Smith (Dr. Jacob Knight) showed up, and while waiting for more, I got a phone call from Colleen at the Brick Bulletin, saying she wouldn’t be able to make it due to a conference. She seems like a very nice woman, though, so I don’t mind, and we are going to set up another day for her to come to the set.

We went upstairs, and Bill from The Record was already waiting for us. He appears in the background of the scene as one of the scientists hard at work, as does Joe Jagde.

Halfway through the shoot, the photographer came, and snapped a ton of photos of us at work…hopefully I can get my hands on a few of them to post here! In the mean time, here are some of the set pictures and stills from the day! Again, some are linked to full size photos, others aren’t!

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Barry Smith as Dr. Jacob Knight, with Bill Ervolino in the background

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Barry Smith, Bill Ervolino, and Joe Jagde

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Dr. Knight showing off the computer

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Family Portrait

Thanks once again to the talented Adam Jarrett for whipping this bad boy up for a prop.

That’s right folks…It’s a picture of Chase and Scott together.

Movie magic, eh?

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Praises so far

From the people that have seen the actual rough edit I threw together so far, I have gotten nothing but compliments for it.

Yea, I can’t wait to finish this thing.

🙂

Who is REALLY dead?

So, since I posted some set pictures, I’ve gotten a lot of e-mails and Live Journal comments and myspace emails from people.
As most of you know, “Off The Island,” deals with Chase Jackson, who is looking for his brother, Scott Jackson. In Season One, Ethan Rom beat someone to death on the beach when Charlie didn’t bring Claire back to him. In the show, it was said that Scott was the one that died. Or was that Steve?
There has been a lot of arguing lately about who is actually dead. Some say it’s Scott. Others say it’s Steve.
Who do we believe?
While there is a lot of evidence for both sides of the arguement, there is no definite answer.
Some producers have said Scott is dead, they have a notecard in the writers room reminding them.
Some producers say that its Steve thats dead.
Christian Bowman, who plays Steve, has said both.

Dustin Watchman, who plays Scott, has said both.
I just spoke with Dustin via e-mail, and he said he’s definitely still alive.
There are pictures from episodes that are for both arguements.
Did Scott take Steve’s identity when he died?
Did Steve take Scott’s identity?
Are both of them dead?
What the hell does this mean for Chase?
What do YOU think about it? Who do you think is dead?

First Day of Shooting…

…was officially a success!

As per mentioned earlier, it was raining. It rained right up until about 8:45. Luckily, it turned out to be a beautiful day. And everything ran incredibly smoothly. I first off want to commend both Kevin & Phil, as they both did tremendous jobs today.

I’d also like to thank everyone who came out to help on the crew: Mike, Brian, Mike G, Nick, Bert, and Fondi. Thanks a ton guys…you were awesome, and made everything that much smoother.

Ok, so I wrote the post this morning, packed everything into my car, and headed for WaWa to get ice and lunch. I think grow to Wal-Mart to get batteries for the boom mic. By this time, it was about 8, so I headed to the park. I sat in my car for about 45 minutes, going over everything that had to be done during the day. By that time, people started to arrive.

First shot was around 10 AM. It involved Mike walking into Kevin, and was pretty funny. Mike’s shoulder must hurt, haha. But, again, every shot we did looked awesome, and came out really well. I also got to FINALLY play with my new crane…the shot we got from that was amazing.

In fact, here’s a still from that very shot…click for full size:
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Oh, hell, here are a whole bunch of stills and behind the scenes pictures. Click on ’em to make ’em bigger.
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Mr. Que (Phil E. Eichinger) introduces himself to Chase (Kevin Interdonato)

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Mr. Que explaining the situation.

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Chase takes it all in

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Not taking it as well as planned

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The contents of Mr. Que’s folder

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Mike G and Bert hang out…Nick hiding in the tree

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Still of Chase grabbing Mr. Que

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Mike G & Nick can’t operate the boom mic by themselves

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Setting up a shot

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Setting up another shot with Nick, Brian, and Mike

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Me using my sweet new crane

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Crane shot again
Man…I can’t wait to shoot again next week

6:40 AM

I woke up, and it was raining. I’ve checked the weather, and it’s supposed to stop.

I hope so…having our first day rained out would suck so much.

GO AWAY RAIN!

Less than 24 hours…

…until production officially begins.

Before, Krista & I fleshed out some of the props that we’ll be using tomorrow. The infomation file on Scott looks pretty good, if I do say so myself. In fact, here’s a picture…click on it for full size:
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Last night, I met up with Kevin & Phil to go over some last minute details about the scene. I really couldn’t have asked for two nicer guys to be a part of this. I can tell that tomorrow is going to run smoothly.

Speaking of, the weather for tomorrow changed to “rain, possible thunderstorm.” Then again, it’s said that for plenty of other days, so hopefully it’ll still be nice. If not, I did email my contact at the park about the possibility of a rain date.

I’m still nervous as hell about tomorrow, though. I’m excited, though. Very excited. This is a long time coming.

Pictures will be posted tomorrow!

Press

It’s official.

The Record, from Bergen county, will be at our shoot August 31st.

The press coverage begins!

Getting close…

It’s Monday morning, and I just realized how incredibly close we are to filming. This, of course, scares the living hell out of me.

On top of things, it’s an out door shoot. I’ve checked the weather at least 50 times. Every time, it stays the same: Mostly sunny, 78 degrees. It’s going to be a beautiful day. I’m still scared that it’ll rain. That would be our luck.

I spent most of the morning getting some final things ready…mostly props needed in the scene. It’s mostly paper work stuff, but there is a lot of it. For things that are going to be on the screen for only a few seconds, there sure is a ton of work going into it. It’s a crazy.

Yesterday, I contacted various media outlets about the shoot, and the possibility of them taking some pictures. I know the Bergen County Record is coming to next week’s shoot, but the more press, the better for us.

I should really stop writing, and continue working on props, damn it…

August 20th, 2006

I’ve been horrible at writing in here, I know. I apologize. Really, I do.

However, it’s been over a month since my last entry, and things are really coming along now. To begin with, we cast some fantastic actors in the roles. All of them found out about the project through various means (the internet, word of mouth, etc), and I couldn’t be happy.

Since it’s been awhile since the last update, I haven’t had time to mention the fact that we start shooting in FOUR DAYS. That’s right, folks. August 24th is our first shooting day. In fact, here’s a glimpse at our shooting schedule so far:

Date: Thursday August 24th
Actors: Chase & Mr. Que
Scene: Chase meets Que for the first time in Park
Location: Ocean County Park, Lakewood, NJ
Time: 9 AM – 2PM

Date: Thursday August 31st
Actors: Dr. Jacob Knight, Scientists
Scene: Orientation Video
Location: William Paterson University, Sciene Hall
Time: 10 AM – ?

Date: Saturday Septemeber 9th
Actors: Chase
Scene: Office Flashback, Chase’s scenes by himself in ‘Hatch’
Location: Hobart Hall & Heritage Hall, William Paterson University
Time: 10 AM – ?

Date: Sunday, September 10th
Actors: Mr. Que
Scene: Ending office Scene
Location: Hobart Hall, William Paterson University
Time: 9:30 AM – ?

Date: Sunday, September 10th
Actors: Chase, Mr. Que
Scene: Chase & Que in the ‘Hatch’
Location: Heritage Hall, William Paterson University
Time: 11 AM – ?

Date: Saturday September 16th
Actors: Chase, Beth
Scene: Chase & Beth met in Parking Lot
Location: Brick NJ Park & Ride (tentatively)
Time: 10 AM – ?

Date: Saturday September 16th
Actors: Young Chase, Young Scott
Scene: Opening dream
Location: Park in Brick, NJ
Time: 2 PM – ?

Date: Sunday September 17th
Actors: Chase, The Official, Thugs
Scene: Official & Thugs break into the Hatch
Location: Heritage Hall, William Paterson University
Time: 10 AM – ?

The only day I do not have scheduled yet is the scene where Chase meets The Official in the park, but that will be scheduled soon.

Speaking of Chase, we have a fantastic actor who is very enthusatic about the role. I’m very glad we found him. In fact, the entire cast is great. And they are as follows:

Kevin Interdonato – Chase

Phil E. Eichinger – Mr. Que

Barry Smith – Dr. Jacob Knight

Robin L. Watkins – The Official

Tasha Rudolph – Beth

Camden Williams – Young Chase

Eric Enger – Young Scott

Mark Barragato – Reporter

We also have a great computer programmer who tweaked an older version of a hatch program he created for us to use in the film. So, Cagri Aksay, thank you.

Also, Adam Jarrett, a graphic designer from PA, has been esstential to the production thus far. He has helped in more ways I can mention. Like this logo:

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Finally, some links for your enjoyment:

Teaser Trailer for Off The Island

Website For Film – Coming Soon!

I don’t know what else I am missing, but I’m excited to start shooting!