Greeted by a lack of sleep for all parties involved, the day had a rough start. Also a muddy start. A very muddy start as the first shot was at a “Creek bed” on a beach. Really there was a slight drip beside us and a lot of mud. The scene took place entirely up in the trees where Dan the homeless clown lived. Unfortunately I was busy dressing sets so there were no pictures of the location (You’ll just have to see the film!) but before we started on the next scene my camera started getting passed around and photos were taken. None by my until night fell.
The biggest scenes of the film were shot this day. The end group scene with most of the characters that Saffron had met on her journey through the world. Also several of the most emotionally charged scenes.
One of the challenges of the day was the Wreck Beach Stairs. Anyone who has been to the beach knows the horror of the almost 300 stairs between the road and the beach. And we had to carry everything down and up (And run up when ever we forgot something).
The very last thing we filmed was a dance party. We had a mandolin, a broken guitar, several tamborines, and our voices singing “Saffron fairy! Saf- Saff-ron Fairy fairy!” and “I say “Saffron” you say “Fairy”.
We got the shots and had a lot of fun.
And thus ends my role as art director/still photographer/actor in the film. I’ll of course be at the Gala and after party (Parties?)
I highly recommend checking out the 65 Red Roses gala fundraiser on February 11 2011 in New Westminster (Basically Vancouver). It features three amazing local bands and the premier of our short film “A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew”. The project deals with Cystic Fibrosis, a disease that has effected everyone involved in making the film happen in some way or another. Hope to see some of you there!
We were remarkably lucky with the weather all shoot, occasionally even having bright sunny warm-ish days! But Day 6 and 7 were the wettest. From my point of view this day won the wettest of them all prize. We were shooting up in Lynn Canyon, two scenes, the hunter scene and the elegant dancing couple (I was in that scene. No pictures though). We started with the hunters.
When the hunters were finished it came turn for my scene with beautiful Cate wrapped in fur (It was second hand, don’t worry). But we had to waltz and, in my case at least, formal dance is not my strong suit (I can kinda do swing…) so Ethan, a man of many talents, gave us a lunch time demo with Quinn and then coached us even more when we got to location. After all the practice it turned out we just had to spin convincingly because our feet wouldn’t even be in the shot. I’m excited to seehow the scene looks in the end. Unfortunately no pictures as, well, I’m the photographer.
Once again, the project is “A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew”. We’re working with the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and the film will premier at the 65 Red Roses gala on February 11th. Tickets are selling out fast so get yours quick!
An easy day (Comparatively). We were shooting two scenes there, one with the “Japanese Traveler” and the other with the “Indian Princess”. Beautiful costumes all around and the light that came pouring through the leaves made us all think of the Lord Of The Rings. We were very happy.
Once again for more information on the project please visit www.saffronfairy.com
Manning Park. Early afternoon. Bright and sunny (Not the weather we wanted). Not that cold (If you’re wearing four layers). Beautiful (Very).
The very opening scenes of the film were shot that day. The lone actor, Kirstin, did an amazing job despite being dressed as a fairy in the wintery wonderland.
She was cold. We put in our best efforts to keep her warm.
Other challenges were the birds.
All in all it was a very good day (And a lot of fun!)
Just a reminder, the project is “A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew” which is a short film about a fairy who’s wings are breaking down. The film is to be shown at the 65 Red Roses Gala on February 11 2011. It is sponsored in part by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation. For more information please visit www.saffronfairy.com
I’m acting as the Artistic Director and Stills Photographer for the film. Its called “A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew” and deals metaphorically with Cystic Fibrosis.
Filming began on Saturday out in New Westminster begining with a scene with Gypsies.
It was a long cold day, but the results were well worth it. The team is fantastic and all have a strong connection to the project.
Tomorrow we’re off to Manning Park to do the opening scene for the film.
If you’d like to learn more about the project or donate to help make it all happen (its partially funded by the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, but also from our own pockets. We’re all volunteers working on the project because CF has in some way affected us all) please visit the website: www.saffronfairy.com
The film will be premiering at the 65 Red Roses Gala on February 11th 2011.
The stylist I worked with for this shoot and I are currently collaborating on a project which I’m going to shoot at the end of the month. More on that project to come soon!
I’m working as an art director/stylist for a short film in January called “A Wish Where the Wind Once Blew” a fairy tale dealing with Cystic Fibrosis.
As fairies and fairy like folk are a key part of the production I went ahead and did a photo shoot with some friends to get some inspiration and ideas. Together with an amazing stylist (Tyra) we came up with some awesome ideas for costumes.
The movie is going to be shot in the last two weeks of January and premiered at a Cystic Fibrosis Benefit Concert on February 11 2011.