After four intense days of filming, Scattered wrapped on Wednesday evening. We closed the shoot with a beautiful tracking shot of the main character, Conal, that was elegantly executed by Matthias (DoP) and Emmett (Key Grip).
All of the equipment was returned intact yesterday and we’ve had a little time to unwind from the intensity of the shoot and reflect. It was an incredible experience. Everyone on the cast and crew really stepped up to meet the challenges we faced.
After the whirlwind first day that Sabina told you about below, we spent the next two days shooting on location at Trinity Buoy Wharf. As the Wharf is next to City Airport we had plenty of sound issues that Nathaniel and Bryn, our sound recordists, kept on top of. In addition to the planes, we had cranes, metal drills, piledrivers and buzzsaws jockeying for a spot on the soundtrack.
It was a warm day and hot on our set, but everyone kept their focus and we got through our schedule step by step. The discipline and professionalism of Elisabeth and Keaton who had to deliver their nuanced scenes piece by piece as sound was cleared was impressive. They were both such a pleasure to watch, that I wanted to write more for them to work on. Why can’t we just throw a few more scenes in?
Our second day at the Wharf was even longer with more setups, but thanks to the deft Assistant Directing of Victoria Naumova we got through it all and were even able to do a bit of reshooting. This was the day we shot the longest scene of the film, between Simon and Keaton, and they were both exceptional as they soldiered through the same sound issues of the previous day to deliver great performances.
Our third day was rescued at the last minute by Ben Zeferework who kindly permitted us to use his building for our location. We picked up the shots easily before we moved on to our skateboarding sequence. And in case you’re curious, yes Keaton Makki does all his own stunts.
I could go into more detail, as there were many moments of reversal that were turned into successes, and every single person involved really shone. I can’t really describe how exhilarating it is to work with such talented and professional cast and crew. I’ve learned so much from each of them and they all pushed me to be better. I can’t wait to do the next one!
I’m also incredibly excited that writers and thinkers whom I admire and respect have also lent their support to our IndieGoGo campaign and shared and tweeted our site. It was great to see the people like William Gillis, Roderick Long and C4SS get excited as I am about seeing a Ken MacLeod film. I’ve been reading them for years, and it’s a thrill to see their tweets and posts.
We’ve only got a few days left in our campaign, and need just a touch more to get us over the finish line. Of course anything over that will be welcomed too and go into post-production. Thanks to everyone for all your support so far. And thanks for any reposts, tweets and shares that will help spread the word even further and bring this film to the screen. It’s gonna be great and I can’t wait for you to see it!
- Josh, Director