So I was asked to DP an Indy feature and I need your guy’s opinion on the feasibility of it. Here’s some logistics. This would be my first feature as I mainly shoot short format type stuff.
1) 90 page script so around 90 minutes I’m assuming
2) Dark Comedy. 90% takes place in the same location, a bar and it’s mainly dialogue driven. Think Cheers the TV show. Lots of 1 liners and banter.
3) There is a big twist in the middle which will require about 2 days in the bar shooting action / VFX type shots.
4) I was told the original budget was $100K, but I don’t think it’s that now since the shot days got cut.
5) 12 days shoot (originally 15 days, but it got cut down).
6) Since we have 2 days of VFX shots, the principle photography would be 10 days
7) Small crew, about 7 people. Talent = 5 principle, 3 auxiliary.
My question to you guys is: What your opinion on doing a 90 minute feature in 12 days (10 days of principle photography + 2 days of VFX / action photography)? It is mainly talking heads at a bar with minimal action, but still… 12 days seems pretty short for a 90 page script.
If it does end up being 12 days, what short cuts can you recommend. I was thinking I would have to
1) Shoot Zooms to save lens swamps
2) Slate less and have the actor rattle off larger blocks of dialogue
3) Lot more close-ups for less lighting setups
4) Limit performance to 2 takes, maybe 3 max.
Anything else you guys can suggest?
Edited by Gene Sung, 02 April 2014 - 10:37 AM.