Some of what little advice I can offer about filmmaking is make sure you get a good night’s rest before a big shoot. We had a pretty strict time limit too shoot our last scene, and to say it wasn’t freaking me out a little bit would be a bold faced lie. Before I go on, I want to give a HUGE shout out to the Galway Bay Pub in Pawtucket. We were desperate for a location for this scene, and Mike at the Galway was not only willing to let us shoot in his pub, he was excited for it. We had precious little time for our shoot, and a lot to get done. Once again it comes down to having a fantastic cast and crew, because my head was NOT in the game. I just wasn’t in the right mindset for the day. The very talented Jamie Lyn Bagley came in to fill a small roll that was expanded slightly, and I just could not get her scenes down. I was so out of sorts that I actually had to excuse myself from the set. I did NOT have time for me to be a mental mess.
So I splashed some water on my face, took a couple of minutes in the bathroom (Because that was the only place where Sara, my AD, couldn’t follow me. Though I bet she would have if she had to!) and got my game face on. This was the first scene of the movie, so it was really important to get EVERYTHING right. And again, we were running out of time. Character reveals, tone, everything had to work because there is no time to do a ton of takes or change lots of shots. Good thing Chris and Nat knew exactly what they were doing. In the end we got everything we needed, with time to spare actually. After we wrapped and I gathered everyone around to thank everyone for their incredible efforts, it really dawned on me. I want to do this for the rest of my life and I can’t wait for my next project to start shooting. This is going to be a really special project and I’m really excited for everyone to see it!