Monday July 11- Thursday July 14, Making lists and checking them twice!
The week started with organizing logistics and materials needed for filming scene 1 at the Gulf Coast Museum. The set build and design included white vinyl flooring, 180 cardboard bricks (which had to be assembled!), and a dozen rolls of white duct tape, not to mention the numerous magic erasers to keep the white floor white! There were also costumes to be steamed and pressed, filming gear to be organized and food to be arranged.
Friday July 15- Loading In and Setting Up
Nick, Elizabeth and I loaded up all the gear, set items and costumes and headed to the Gulf Coast Museum to set up and prepare the space for Monday's filming. I can't thank Kimberely Circello, and Kevin Rzeszut enough for all their help arranging for me to be able to film in the Gulf Coast Museum. The museum sadly sits empty right now, however it was the perfect space for me to film and I have a heart filled with gratitude for all the work that went into making it accessible to me.
Monday July 18- Filming Day 1
We arrived at the Gulf Coast Museum at 8:00am to finish setting up the space, work on shot angles and prepare for filming. I started the day filming with artist Carrie Jadus, we worked out a scene involving the two of us and ran through it a few times and then shot it from a few different angles. What a wonderful way to start the filming!
Next the cast of children arrived and it was time to PLAY! I had 5 children ages 2-10 come and be a part of a scene I call "Trapped" the idea was to have the children build a structure that would trap me while I was dancing. I wanted the children to be as authentic and real as possible so I gave them simple directions and then let them go. It was a lot of fun to watch them go from apprehensive and unsure to more daring and organized in what they came up with to trap me. I am not sure who had more fun me or the children! My son was very concerned about my being trapped and took on the role of saving me and destroying all the structures the other children built. Not a scenario I predicted!
By 6:00pm we had all the footage we needed for the day and began to take down the set and load out, after 12 hours our day was done. I left exhausted and inspired.