Thursday, February 26, 2009

Off to England (To Freeze My Butt Off)


So it's back to the UK for me for the 5th-21st of March.I will be in London until the morning of the 12th, when the cast and crew of the new film Cut pack up and head for the middle of nowhere, AKA Leek, England (pictured here). Leek is a small village about an hour from Manchester and is ideal for the production, as it is mere minutes from the location. You can take a look at Leek here.

I am quite excited about the film. Although on the surface it seems to be a fairly typical killer-picking-off-five-people-in-a-secluded-cabin genre film,the way in which it is being filmed really intrigues me: after a five minute flashback opening that explains (mostly) a key event from the past, the film takes place in real time and is filmed IN A SINGLE SHOT. That's right, about 77 minutes of the film will be in one take.

How do we do it? First, we rehearse it like a play for a couple of weeks, then two days of rehearsal with the Steadicam operators, then three nights of 77 minute takes. Of course, there are several safety cuts (cuts that are invisible to the viewer) like a scene in which the killer shuts off the power, causing the screen to go black, that allow us to stop and restart from that point if the first half went well. For the most part, however, we're going to try to get it in one. Pretty cool,huh?

Two things I am dreading: shooting entirely at night and the damp, bone-chilling cold. Although the night shooting itself is only a few days, the level of concentration needed for the long takes will be intense. As for the cold, there is something about English forests (particularly at night) that just make me shudder even when they are warm. Anyway, here goes!

9 Comments:

Anonymous Andy said...

Interesting, shooting a 77 minute movie in one shot. Good luck (sound tiring though, heh).

February 26, 2009 7:43 PM  
Anonymous J.D. said...

This sounds like a challenge, guess you will not have many breaks during the shoot sitting in a warm office playing video games, lol!

Sounding like a typical slasher pic, maybe it will bring something a little new to the genre. I have not seen the new "Friday The 13th" yet, but I pretty much imagine more of the same, the last eleven installments were at least that way to me!

Good luck and bundle up!

Later,
J.D.

February 27, 2009 4:55 AM  
Blogger coty said...

Sounds sweet keep us updated zach

March 01, 2009 10:58 AM  
Blogger enoch arden said...

Zach,

Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock experimented with this technique in shooting "Rope", a murder mystery starring Jimmy Stewart?

His single shots comprised the scenes of the film, rather than having the entire film shot in real time. Each time a cut was to be made, someone would pass in front of the camera, creating a black out effect.

It's a really excellent idea. And, Paul Greengrass used the same idea when my a friend of mine filmed "United 93" with him.

Take care!

Josh

March 03, 2009 1:03 AM  
Blogger enoch arden said...

Zach,

Did you know that Alfred Hitchcock experimented with this technique in shooting "Rope", a murder mystery starring Jimmy Stewart?

His single shots comprised the scenes of the film, rather than having the entire film shot in real time. Each time a cut was to be made, someone would pass in front of the camera, creating a black out effect.

It's a really excellent idea. And, Paul Greengrass used the same idea when my a friend of mine filmed "United 93" with him.

Take care!

Josh

March 03, 2009 1:03 AM  
Blogger Nightghost said...

Sounds very cool. I Like your blog.

March 22, 2009 2:41 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

You are REALLY sexy! I was just watching you in Gremlins and that was a great movie, as well All Tied Up with Teri Hatcher, you're a fantastic actor and very handsome.

April 01, 2009 12:02 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Wow! I just happen to come across this blog.

I loved the two Gremlins motion pictures back in my younger days (my days of yesteryore).

I had the NES video game, several of the action figures and one of the dolls.

I will wait see of a good special DVD exists; extra features, commentary and the like.

Great to see that you are still working. I will have to try and track down these films mentioned on your blog.

Edward Brown
edwardtjbrown@yahoo.com

June 11, 2009 5:08 PM  
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