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Making Cherry
a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow
"The trick is not to go insane, go broke, or lose faith along the way."
--Spike Lee
You've Got Questions? Cherry Has Answers
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Locations:
Muffin Shop

Sunrise: 7:20 AM
Sunset: 4:46 PM

Weather: 70-80% chance of rain/snow all day... High winds 10-15 MPH. Hi: 30-40

Principals:
Leila, Dottie, Darcy, Customer, Menu Man, Red, Jack, Dr. Kirk.

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Action!

Hot photo ops end first week's shoot

The week began with smoke pouring from the grip truck and a visit from local firefighters. Just an insulation problem, but that didn't stop the grill in Leila's Muffin Shop, later in the week, from starting to smoke.

As Jon prepared to call "Action!" David Ford interrupted and stepped behind the counter.

"I think we better take a moment here. There's smoke." Thin wisps of white smoke slithered out from beneath the grill-bed, and then floated up seductively as smoke will, rising toward the room's tin ceiling and spreading out. David pulled the plug.

David Ford Fixes the Grill

Again, the problem was minor: an accumulation of dust close to the burners. A quick cleaning and Menu Man was ready to cook.

Jon and Joe talk to Isaach

Cherry's precocious and talented young actresses, Aleksa and Heather, were featured on Wednesday's Call Sheet with precociously weary quotes: "Pessimists live harder," Aleksa said in response to Janna's observation that "Optimists live longer."

Aleksa and Heather talk to Shalom

And Heather, merely 15, probably shouldn't be allowed to observe that "Sometimes being a bitch is the only thing a woman has to hold onto," but I guess if it's good enough for Dolores Claiborne...

One person whose long hours and heavy schedule (she is in nearly every scene in the movie) could give her reason to bitch is Shalom Harlow. But instead she is ever delightful and helpful and very present. And as the first week closes one senses the growing confidence of everyone involved that so much of the picture's charm is built on her talent.

As Jon said, "This is fun."

    Mail the Cherry Web ManPeter Kreutzer  

 

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(c) 1998 Peter M. Kreutzer