Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Christmas Experience begins production

Tuesday November 18, production began on the Vineyard's Christmas Experience, which is now officially called "The {Re}Gifter Show", which will include elements of live drama performed on the stage, but also mixed in with video roll ins, much like last years drama "A Cat Named Bruce", however, The {Re}Gifter relies much more heavily on the preproduced video parts. I actually hesitate to call the roll ins, video, because they are being produced film style, which is much more painstaking.

We completed 3 scenes in the same location yesterday. Actually they are quite short scenes. We put about 9 hours worth of work which resulted in about 4 minutes of The Regifter, but those 4 minutes look phenomenal.

How was it? We shot in an unheated garage so it was cold, really cold but they fed us and gave us hot chocolate so that helped. We cleaned out the garage of 90% of it's stuff to make room for crew, camera, production monitor, lights, props. The second challenge is finding power for heaters, lights and production stuff. The ceramic heaters kept tripping breakers so eventually we had to turn off all heaters.

We probably had 30 people working on that shoot at one time or another. We have a Director (Brad Wise), Director of Photography(Mark Denny), Gaffers, Grips, Production assistants, prop masters, wardrobe etc etc etc. It is amazing to see how much work goes into something that will, in the end, look like 4 minutes of a guy in a garage.

It is exciting to be a part of, i can't wait to see this stuff edited together.

Friday, November 7, 2008

Tech Team Pics

Hey Y'all!

A while back Jim Keller(Front of House, Team 2 and Team 4) suggested that we have a picture board somewhere with all tech team members pictured with their names, so that we all can recognize some of the other team members that we may not get a chance to work with as much. I thought it was a great idea, but I wasn't sure how to go about starting. I think it could be a great tool in helping us interact as a team closer, not to mention that it is great to document as much stuff as we can. But I can't figure out where physically to post all those pics besides online. So we're are trying to get pics of all team members right now. I'm thinking Yearbook style, and for now we'll just post them on this blog, (look to the right), but eventually maybe a website. So for the next couple of weeks someone we'll be trying to get pics of each team and of each individual. Let me know if you don't want to be on the web for any reason, and we'll work around that. Special Thanks goes out to Christina Wan, Vicki Gabriel and Baron Youn for being our photogs.