So our first day was at the beautiful St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in the beautiful town of Newburyport on a beautiful rainy day. Yup, it was beautiful. My partner in crime, Greg Metro (script sup, co-writer, and co-producer. That’s right, the jerk is triple billed) got there bright and early. The first thing that really struck me was how amazing it was to see my actors in costume for the first time. My makeup and wardrobe department, Will Doughty and Mel Hardy, did an amazing job getting Jay Dunigan (Michael) and Nat Sylva (Lucifer) looking their parts. I was especially happy with the way Jay looked. Weather was always a big concern for us, as it was set to rain every day of the shoot and we had some extensive exterior scenes including some at the church. Thankfully it didn’t rain too hard, and we got some great Jib shots of the exterior of the church. The rain was also a concern for sound reasons, as a big cavernous church would sound fairly awful in a torrential downpour. Thank goodness it didn’t rain to bad. In fact, the rain helped a lot in establishing a gloomy mood to the film, and keeping the light consistent.
You’re going to read a lot of me talking about how great my cast and crew is, but there is a reason for that. We had a limited amount of time, but because of the crews’ talent and my casts’ amazing understanding of the material, we were able to get a fairly sizable shot list done with just minutes to spare. My working relationship with Mikel Wisler, my Director of Photography, was really great, he has an amazing eye for framing and storytelling and the people he has working around him; Bryant Naro, Brandon Meadows, and Brian O’Connor all bring a whole lot to the table. Our first day went great all because of them and as I talk more about the other days of filming I’ll delve deeper into just how they make things great.