I spent most of mid-day trying to get inside the abandoned mine. There were a ton of recreationalists driving around in the desert on their quads, atvs, mopeds, whatevs. I didn't want to look suspicious just wandering around, so I hid in a large crevice in the wash. I filmed a little scene in there, to be used much later in the movie than where I currently am trying to film.
Everyone left after like 3-4 hours. It sounds like a long time, but I would've stayed there all day if I had to. If I went home, I'd just wish I could go back. I've been wanting to get in here all week.
So I go just barely into the site from the desert end. I observed the site in front of me for few minutes, and I notice some things. I hear what sounds like metal dragging on the ground, and I see smoke/dust rising up near the front entrance. I go just a little further in and stand behind a bush. Then a white truck that I never noticed before starts driving towards my end! Oh shit! I zip the fuck out of there. (<-- worst sentence in the English language). I jumped over a barbed wire fence, jumped off the cliff-like edge of the wash, and ran across the wash into the desert. All of what would be like a quarter mile of running, happened in a blur. Either I was really fast, adrenaline, or a combination of the two. Then my head cramped like crazy and I knew I was dehyrdrated. I rationed what little water I had left.
Somehow I managed to make it back to the car, and back home in one piece.
I wasted my day (actually no, it's only 3:15 in the afternoon as I type this), and my "super-cool filming location" has been compromised, but at least I don't have to worry about it anymore. I will find another place, and in the meantime, I can work on other parts of the movie.
Bye for now. I'm gonna go edit that little scene I filmed in the crevice.
I'll respond to comments/read your blogs/etc. later, I swear!
One Man Movie (OMM) is a short, 6-8 minute action flick that is being made entirely by myself. I'm doing the writing, directing, acting, editing, music, graphics, and promotional stuff with no help from anyone else. And no, I did not build the camera from scratch, write the software, create the fonts, effects packs, nor the characters clothing. Those are all props and tools. What's a man without his tools? Despite the the short length of the film, it will be
weeks (months?) from now before it is completed due to the technical craziness required in order to have multiple characters played by the same person coexist and interact on the same screen. It shouldn't be a problem though. Just time consuming.
This blog will follow my day-to-day experiences on developing and releasing the film, mainly because I need SOMEONE to rant to so I don't leak it to real life people.
I started the project in early September, when I wrote the story and created the musical score. From then until late September, I fleshed out the story, collected props, and finally bought a slightly better camera. Filming began in late September.