[STILL] Waders, Wedding Dresses & Ditty Freaking Out (aka, Gearing Up for a Short Film)

I’m about two and a half weeks out from my next venture into short filmmaking, which means my brain will be shooting near constant levels of stress hormones into my body until about 5 a.m. on Sunday, June 26th.

I’m still working on casting, and at the end of the week I’m sending out the big invite to get as many people to show up for an as huge-as-possible crowd sequence on Saturday afternoon.  This is perhaps the most stress-inducing bit, as it’s the most important shot of the entire film, and it will not work if I only have six people.

So, if you’re going to be in Kansas City on Saturday, June 25th, mark off your afternoon and come help a girl out, will you?  I will even let you in on a little secret: THERE WILL BE COOKIES and COLD DRINKS.

On Wednesday I’m heading out to the JC Nichols Fountain with my director of photography so we can scout out the location and figure out the logistics for the shoot. I have a feeling we’re going to need to get her a pair of those big boots people wear for fishing in streams.

Filmmaking is so glamorous. See?

I’m also the reason for this:

Because I am the sort of friend who asks people to wear heavy clothes and thick make-up and stand very still in the heat of Kansas City’s late June. (It was 102ºF here yesterday, if that’s any indication as to the sacrifice.)  I don’t know what that says about me, but I know what it says about my friends: they’re fantastic and slightly masochistic people.

So, for the next two and  half weeks, here’s my to-do list:

  • Convince one more person to don hot clothes & make-up to play the Groom to Meg’s Gorgeous & Starving Bride.
  • Convince at least several dozens of folks to trade their Saturday afternoon on June 25th to for a cookie & me shouting at them (but in a kindly way!) through a bullhorn (if I can procure one) or cupped hands (if I cannot).
  • Find costumes for the all-important Human Statue and for the almost-as-important Groom.
  • Figure out how to do Human Statue make-up, in both silver and white.
  • Teach someone how to do Human Statue make-up, in both silver and white.
  • Have him or her do a make-up trial of Human Statue make-up, in both silver and white.
  • Procure whatever we need for the logistics of the shoot (e.g., waders and a ladder).
  • Secure craft services for the folks who will be there for long portions of the day.
  • Finish casting the smaller, non-human-statue parts.
  • Draft and then finalize (as much as one can finalize) a shooting script and schedule.
  • Avoid complete nervous breakdown until 5 a.m. Sunday, June 26th.

The worst part of that list is I know I’m forgetting probably half of what needs done. Wish me luck and sanity. (And if you’d like to help out, leave me a comment or shoot me an e-mail at izzi dot ditty at gmail dot com. There may even be extra cookies available. And hugs. Just FYI.)

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