Monday night was my first time back in the filmmaking saddle after a two-year hiatus, and it completely reaffirmed my love of production.
Over the last two years I'd written a few short scripts that spoof real brands through comedic advertisements. After a motivational speech from my friend Mike Messier, I decided to dive right into production on this series of fake commercials I call 'Fauxmercials.'
After hiring an amazing crew, and soon thereafter a fabulous cast, I secured local restaurant 'Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint' in Medfield, MA as a location, and we set a date. I was admittedly a bit overwhelmed diving back into such a large production after my time away from film, but the cast and crew worked so well and efficiently - a real team! - the set was basically autonomous. It was such a pleasure to get to know and work with everyone throughout the night, and I felt truly valued as part of a team.
And everyone loved the food! Owner of Rock 'n' Roll Rib Joint Paul DeLuca served up some amazing barbecue - and corn fritters! You won't often see pizza on my sets...
The set was beautifully lit by our Grip/Gaffer Dan Perez de la Garza in collaboration with our Director of Photography, Denez McAdoo. The help provided by Assistant Grip Andrew Frechette and Assistant Camera Dylan Kiely was truly unparalleled, and Djim Reynolds was spot-on with the audio recording and boom. The quality of the work is beyond my expectations, truly giving this series of fauxmercials a 'spec ad' look.
I’ve had a chance to go through the behind-the-scenes photos largely captured by our assistant grip/gaffer Andrew Frechette, with a few early photos taken by amazing Assistant Director Adrian Atwood and Assistant Camera Dylan Kiely. Check out this great look into the filming process for my project I call 'Fauxmercials.'
Everyone stepped up and took direction - created new directions - and fulfilled the vision I saw when writing the script! The actors were truly amazing, making all the right faces and voices, haha.
I could not have asked for better actors, and everyone was smiling and laughing throughout the shoot. Casey William Hines and Andrew Morais worked so well off each other, and the whole crew was trying to stifle laughter as we filmed. Chris Fisher and Jamaal Eversley were a hilarious couple of friends, and Samantha Webb truly embodied the role of 'Hot Girl.'
This was such a fun time, and bringing film professionals together (networking!) is something I love to do. I can't wait to go through the footage and start on post-production!