July 9, 2009. We had gone into preproduction on it and it was moving pretty slow. The crew was Umber(she's the actor in Missed Connections
and The Laundromat
), Blair(Will onscreen), Joe(Lucas onscreen) and me, Paul(AJ onscreen), and we all worked day jobs at the time, except me, I worked nights. So it was tough to get things rolling.
Until June 25, 2009. Michael Jackson died. I had just got to work and CNN was on with the film crews outside of that Sinai hospital in L.A. reporting that 'The King Of Pop' was on his way in. This story I'm sure all of you know, so I'll spare you my ramblings on it and get to where it has to do with us.
So, with the spirit of Michael we get our asses in gear to get this thing done.
I spend my days working on the set, I rummage through my landlords basement searching for wood and nails, and build the fake walls out of scrap 1x4s, then buy some comic books from a sidewalk sale that happens every Saturday at the end of my block as well as some glue and poster board from Staples. With the assembled, flimsy, 1x4 walls I tack on the poster board and then glue the comic pages to them(Don't worry collectors, These were sitting in the rain before I bought them).
Then I give the script one more pass, trying to 'funny' it up.
So, I think the room we shot in was bout 12x12. There was plenty of room to move around. Until we put up the 'comic walls'. As you can see, the 'room' is about 5x6. It's August in NEW York City. For those that don't know, It's stupid hot. Unbearable.
Anyway, we get everyone there and mic the room up . Well, the ceilings are 10 feet high and we're getting a giant echo through the headphones. Quick fix? We put blankets up around the entire thing and seal the comic wall room off, except where the camera needs to be, with a giant movable closet. The unbearable NYC heat just doubled in this 'room'. After every take we all run out of the 'room' and open windows to let some cool 97degree NYC summer air in.
How's that Sangey?