An exciting day for the Weird. Not Weird team as the first episode has now been shot! Yes, we have footage. I am going to show a few picks here on the blog. Keep in mind that these are unprocessed — we shot this in 4K, so the final product will have tremendous resolution..
Notice the set for James’ bachelor pad. Allison and Drake did a great job dressing the set to create a proper background for James, who imagines himself something of a player.
I particularly love the bust. I have no idea where they got that, but I thank them!
Allison and Drake worked together in New York City filming the scenes. I was in New Jersey on call in case they had any questions. We talked out a lot of stuff before the shoot, and Drake had helped me realize something my approach sorely lacked– a shot list. The conversation went something like this:
Me: Just tell me what you need. I’m here to help.
Drake: I’d really like a shot list, actually. I would like to get a sense of how you envision this.
Me: Just shoot the way that makes sense to you.
Drake: Yeah. I’d like a shot list
Me: Okay. I hear you. It took tries, but it got through my thick skull.
James wakes up in this scene and starts to realize that his body has changed– and not in ways he would have wanted.
A shot list, if you haven’t seen, breaks down every scene into the camera shots. Here’s an example of mine. Note to world: If you want to learn to do a shot list, do NOT follow my example:
|1||1.1||Establishing shot.||NYC apartment building. Exterior.|
|2 Bedroom||2.1||MCU||James sleeping. Male.|
|2.2||Panning shot.||Camera moves off James to bar, to decorations… room…|
|2.3||Panning shot.||Camera comes back to James. Female.|
The way we worked, my shot list served as a point of departure. The show you see speaks very much to Drake’s vision and skills as well as Allison fearless acting choices. So, now the editing. Who will edit the footage, you may wonder. Why, none other than me, TG Kadee. I have two main rules I am going by: 1. Serve the story. 2. Edit as much as necessary and no more. It’s going to be fun.
Oh, and let me just mention that I have another short in production in which a guy takes a journey along the gender spectrum, starting as a guy’s guy, shifting through several stages in-between before ending up a girly girl. The amazing Kira Redzinak played Tony in all his manifestations. Stay tuned for more info!