We started the day with a drive-by and finished with a stunt. A drive-by involves the crew and me sitting in some ditch and having the Indian park in some convenient lay-by 1/4 of a mile away until we’re ready. We then call “action” down the walkie and the Indian trundles into action towards us. After she’s passed we wait five minutes for her to turn around, drive back, do a second U-turn and reset. It’s all very time consuming and boring as hell for the actors. Then Doug had to swerve because there was a pole in the middle of the road and suddenly everyone was very focused again.
Movie / language trivia for you. What’s the French for “Walkie-Talkie” ? Would you believe “Talkie-Walkie”?
The stunt involved Marc (the DP) hanging out of the back of one of the Windstars with the camera while two stunt men swerved across the road behind us. We had to lock down a street and shoot it three different sizes. All very time consuming for just a few seconds of usable film.
Buss is ill with a cold / flu. I sent him home to bed – his boys will need him next week.