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Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Day three of film shoot and things heat up

 We were back in the studio today where we finished the core greenscreen scenes, although there is a teaser scene we'll still need to shoot there on Friday. Yesterday at the end of the day a decision was made that I was to be in the end of one shot. This meant that my wardrobe had to be finalized out of the back seat of my car and my voice settled on for the rest of the film.I'm doing a haphazard Dumbledoor and am wearing slippers. The weather is fifteen degrees too hot for me to wear this level of sweater, but I'm wearing it anyways. At one point I couldn't say the lines due to a combination of dehydration and delusion. I got through a significant three minute scene. I don't know how many more I have as I have a script reading phobia this week. I did manage to count lines for myself (171 as compared to Geremy's 99). 

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

I am old

By the end of the second day of shooting with these young hooligans (Erik Sirke, Geremy Lague, Stephen Macauley, Matt Ellis, James Lague, and Luke Patterson) on the project "Mighty Morphin Orphan Stories" I am exhausted. It wasn't that many years ago that I could do a twelve hour shoot,drink a litre of water, hit the bed for six hours and do it again. However, those days are gone. Shooting is going well in spite of me. There is good energy and many new gags coming as shooting progresses (although everyone is worried about introducing new plot twists or concepts once forty percent of the film is in the can). 

Monday, June 19, 2017

10 years of blogging!

Ten years ago today I began this blog. I began because Chrystene Ells, who was a grad student at the time, suggested I should. I figured it would be a lot of trouble and be very complicated, but one evening while William (5 years old at the time) was having a bath and was old enough to no longer need my help so I thought I'd see what I could do. I looked up "blogger", followed its instructions, and within 5 minutes I'd posted my blog. It was really that easy. My initial intent was to talk about my filmmaking as I was just about to begin a sabbatical. However, most work, even creative work, is the same routine every day. I could't maintain daily posts about my work, so I started talking about family and friends and anything that I wanted. That's still what I do.
Today I worked on a film I'm producing with Erik, Geremy, Matt, Luke, Stephen, and James. It's called "Mighty Morphin Orphan Stories". I'm also an actor in it, although I didn't perform today. We were in front of the green screen for 13 hours and will be back at it tomorrow. I posted to Instagram a few times. Here are some more pictures.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

Father's day

We began father's day with the traditional breakfast and rum. Lovely way to start the day.
I'll be visiting my dad in the hospital later today. He had some tests last night and probably more either today or tomorrow to see why he hasn't an appetite or strength since his last operation. 

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Everyone coming to Regina

My niece Michelle drove in for a quick weekend trip to visit dad this weekend. Much of her visit was actually spent in the hospital as dad was admitted again this morning. I think they are doing some procedure tomorrow which will hopefully at least determine what the current issue is.
Rob was in town last night. We went to Five Guys. Geremy brought Luke directly from the airport to chat briefly (Geremy and Rob hadn't met face to face before). Erik and Stephen are driving in from Calgary today for the shoot which is to start Monday. 

Friday, June 16, 2017

The new detective game

This week when Paul came over, a sudden impulse to play Clue came over me. For the first time, we pulled out and played the first edition set that I found at a garage sale a number of years back. Cool graphics. It is labeled "The New Detective Game" on the box. I had expected Paul to win, but did not anticipate him having a huge stroke of luck on top of his logical skills. The game only went four or five turns!

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Is this me?

This might be me, age about 2, while we still lived in Winnipeg. I've begun scanning my parents' black and white photos. I've left these for last. There are only a dozen or so rolls so I'll finish today or tomorrow.