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On the Set (Day 1.2)

Okay, setting aside for the moment that Kathryn managed to find a Bosco Milk Chocolate Bar (3.5 ounces of all natural pure fun, since 1928), we have had an amazing motherfucking day and night. Oh, yes. Let's not forget the night. But! No one drowned, which is bloody amazing, given we working on a trailer for The Drowning Girl and...well...you'll see.

Sure, it was a rainy fucking day here in Rhode Island. But, everyone arrived about noonish, and as we headed south towards Location #1, Moonstone Beach, we got a break. In the cloud cover that is. The drizzle ceased, and the filming at Moonstone went swimmingly (you gotta thank Geoffrey readingthedark for having committed that pun, as he was sitting here begging me not to use it, though he's the one that brought it up). Where was I? Oh, Moonstone Beach. Yes, it was one of the most beautiful days I've ever seen at Moonstone, and the novel's climactic scene was a marvel to translate into film. Oh, and there were beautiful mermaid's purses, and omen of a certain, some enormous (by the standards of selachian egg cases), perfectly hatched. Had a great close encounter with a loon (and I don't mean Geoffrey!). The mist was thick, and Block island was invisible in the distance, to the south, across the green, then blue gulf of Block Island Sound. Our actors—Sara (Eva) and Nicola (Imp)—were grand. Kyle played Mary Ellen Mark and shot a billion still photos. I played Werner Herzog, while Brian played Terrance Malick. Meanwhile, Kathryn, Geoffrey (there he is again), and Ryan saved our asses again and again and again. As the clouds parted, we were treated to a Maxfield Parrish sky, all in a trillion shades a blue and grey.

And then we took time to visit the jetty at Harbor of Refuge, which I walked, despite the fact I have no business playing mountain goat. And then, just before dark, we headed to the Point Judith Lighthouse. We watched men fishing in the rocky surf, and a couple of surfers (of questionable intellect) flinging themselves suicidally into the breakers. And the sun set and rain came down.

Hard.

We headed back to Kathryn's parent's farm, to shoot a pivotal scene, which calls for outdoor nudity. And it was shot in the rain. The pouring rain. The hard, cold, you can't hear yourself speak over it rain. Sara gets huge points from me for standing naked in the hard, cold, you can't hear yourself speak over it rain. For, I think, four takes. I only had to be soaking wet in my clothes. I think you could write a short novel about our filming that one scene, Sara and Nicola (who was at least dressed), and the cameras, and the umbrellas, and the automobile serving double duty as a lighting rig. And the rain. And the deer that almost ate Sara. And pizza. And umbrellas. And Spider the cat. And...stop me now.

More to come. Ah, but! There is a sneak peek! Here:













Comments

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nineweaving
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:32 am (UTC)
Amazing pictures! I hope they will draw in a legion of readers, who will be enthralled.

Nine
britmandelo
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:38 am (UTC)
Oh, wow. I can't wait to see this trailer!
chris_walsh
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:49 am (UTC)
Now I wonder what you think of puns. Partly because I've had Harlan on my mind and I know how he almost always hates puns. Your feelings?

I think you could write a short novel about our filming that one scene, Sara and Nicola (who was at least dressed), and the cameras, and the umbrellas, and the automobile serving double duty as a lighting rig. And the rain. And the deer that almost ate Sara. And pizza. And umbrellas. And Spider the cat. And...stop me now.

Your crew should've included someone to write that! ...I know, once again I'm not helping. (But I can totally picture you being followed by a scribe.)

By the way, yeah, low-budget filmmakers (the Roger Cormans and Lloyd Kaufmans of the world) do sometimes use car lights for light on location. Use what you got when you're making some art!
sovay
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:19 am (UTC)
There is a sneak peek! Here

That last one is perfect.
spank_an_elf
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:28 am (UTC)
Fuck, I'm applauding the post and the pictures. More, more more!
stillsostrange
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:43 am (UTC)
The pictures are beautiful.
phaedrine
Oct. 15th, 2011 05:44 am (UTC)
So, so beautiful!
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girfan
Oct. 15th, 2011 07:54 am (UTC)
Amazing! The last photo is haunting.
waristerrorism
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:44 pm (UTC)
Wow. Or wooh! Very pretty!
pwtucker
Oct. 15th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
Absolutely gorgeous photographs. I can think of few ways to better spend your day than bringing your fiction to life with such friends and professionals.
opalblack
Oct. 15th, 2011 01:02 pm (UTC)

Beautiful <3

seph_ski
Oct. 15th, 2011 02:14 pm (UTC)
I'm so glad to hear the day's weather actually worked in your favor. The pictures look fucking amazing. I can't wait to see this trailer!
stsisyphus
Oct. 15th, 2011 03:49 pm (UTC)
God, this book is going to be a killer, isn't it? It's just gonna hollow us out, right? Yeah... wow. Four random pictures and I can just tell this is going to be a big one.

Also, I can't help but think about The Haunting of Hill House on that last one...
dipsomaniac
Oct. 15th, 2011 04:28 pm (UTC)
Wonderful pictures!
alamodealamort
Oct. 15th, 2011 10:09 pm (UTC)
Love love love. More please! <3
Jeff P
Oct. 16th, 2011 02:09 am (UTC)
That last shot scares the shit out of me, and it's not because I don't like nude women. I've long thought one of the most terrifying things to experience is driving at night and catching sight of someone in the headlights---in the road, on the shoulder, or even just a glimpse off in a field as the car lights quickly pass over. Dressed in white, or nude, even more disturbing. This picture does that to me, gives me that frisson. Nicely done!
briansiano
Oct. 19th, 2011 01:55 am (UTC)
You're going to love the video, then.

Heh heh heh.
eluneth
Oct. 17th, 2011 01:58 am (UTC)
So excited to see this happening; congratulations to you and all the crew for getting through such a grueling day of shooting. Your actors sound amazing.

And thank you for sharing the beautiful sneak peeks. The foliage in the last, and the composition, make me wish I could see it in tapestry form. (Or as another Zulli painting...)
airrad
Oct. 30th, 2011 09:18 pm (UTC)
Very beautiful and artistic pictures
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