Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Hey there!

I have a 10 page paper due  on thursday, so naturally I'm going to write a blog :)

This past weekend was one of the craziest weekends ever! We were filming the capstone project that I've been working on for the past semester. I was the Art Director, but that was kind of just a title because I was basically just an art crew member. EXCEPT, for when I had to step up and be the leader... that sufficiently freaked me out. Let me start at the beginning.

We were filming up at the salt flats so we had to leave early so that we could have every minute of sunlight to film. We left at 5:00 am... this was not easy for me but at least I got some sleep the night before unlike some poor people on the crew. One thing that I've found that I enjoy about being up early is sunrises. oh my goodness. The sunsets in Utah are pretty disappointing but the sunrise I saw on Friday was stunning.
The salt flats look awesome. Just flat white ground almost as far as you can see. We got busy and started setting up our set. The set was about a quarter mile away from the cars, which started the heavy lifting. We carried out all of our supplies (which we found out later weighed in total about 1.5 tons!) and got ready to film. We mostly stayed out of the way of the camera so we had a lot of time to take fun artsy pictures. It was pretty easy with an environment like the salt flats with such foreign broken objects such as a park bench or computers.
Then things started getting crazy. The wind blew the entire time, which starts to wear you out pretty fast. Then the director didn't really like what we were planning to do so we had to improvise. At 2, the production designer had to leave so I was left in charge...! All of a sudden people expected me to know exactly what needed to be done and start directing people to get to that goal. After a few flustering minutes I started doing my job, and it was awesome! I felt so cool. And I was so proud of the finished product. Then there was a moment when I thought that everything we had worked for was done. THE SALT FLATS FLOODED! One second I was looking at a pile of books trying to make sure everything looked right and the next I was standing in a puddle of water. From that moment the water came fast! In no time I was standing in ankle deep salt water. We were scrambling around trying to get the equipment out of the water. Salt water stings, a lot, and dries out your skin like crazy, just in case you were wondering. The last shot was planned at sunset, so this is what it ended up looking like. Despite all of the trouble it caused, the water looks awesome, doesn't it?!
We wrapped after dark, so we got to carry everything the quarter mile back through the water in the dark. I felt bad for putting the entire crew through that. We were soaked and wind blown and covered in salt but it ended up looking so amazing that it was so worth it! It's a project that I am so proud of. I worked so hard. In total, I was going from 5:00am-midnight on Friday. Then I got to get up Saturday morning and film again, but it was much more low key then.
my salt covered shoes and
pants that were so covered they were almost standing up on their own.

I have a cool major. :)
And here is another song that is a lot of fun to listen to, enjoy!

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