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a romantic comedy starring Shalom Harlow
"Is being mean the same as being venomous, Joe?"
--Janna DeLury
You've Got Questions? Cherry Has Answers
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Locations:
Ernest and Mammy's Apartment

Weather: Partly cloudy, pleasantly mild. Hi: Mid 50s

Sunrise 6:35
Sunset: 5:44

Principals:
Leila, Ernest, Mammy. Red, Jack
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Good Night, Phil

Staying Up with the DP

Today was Phil's last day. Or really I should say, "Tonight was Phil's last night." And it was a late one.

Back in early January, after the first week of shooting Cherry was complete, and it had become clear to everyone that the schedule was going to have to be extended, Phil was already obligated to start a new job on March 2nd.

There was talk of trying to fit all the shooting in before Phil had to leave, but it was decided that was impossible. There was hope that Phil's new job might get pushed back and start later than expected, but that turned out to be only hope.

So on Monday he will go to work as Operator on a big Hollywood studio remake of Neil Simon's "The Out-of-Towners," which is starring Steve Martin. It seems a silly idea, to remake a silly old comedy, but Phil says the very commercial comedy looks to be funny. The twist is that this is Giuliani polite, crime-free New York, not the rude old Big Apple of the bad old days.

Phil brings a calm and exacting voice to his job. Whether he is discussing the fall of shadows on the wall, or the way a camera movement finds its subject, his measured precision is appealing and helpful. There seems to be an aura of creativity and thoughtfulness that surrounds him, and sets the tone for his conversations. I get the feeling he is the sort of person who has few problems keeping track of priorities.

It is not easy for him to leave, though he must. With eight days of shooting left, he will be missed.

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Magdalena has been Shalom's stand-in the past two weeks. The stand-in is on set at all times, and when the lights and camera are being positioned she or he takes the actor's place. The stand in does some of the boring work so the actor can concentrate on the important work.

Magdalena says the job isn't completely boring: "This job has been fun. You learn about what the electrics do, and they're all funny." Still, being a stand in isn't a career.

"I'm going to have to stop this," she says. "I need to go to more auditions. This is okay, but you just have to stop sometimes and focus on what's important."

Because the stand in is being  used by the lighting crew to set light levels it's important that she be of similar height and weight, and shares the actors coloring and wears similar clothes.  Magdalena's hair is blonde, so she wears a wig to match Shalom.

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Finally, an example of on set humor:

When Terry arrived on set Kelly was crying.

"Josh, what's the matter with Kelly?" Terry asked the camera loader.

He answered: "She just heard that the writer is on set."

Ba-thump.

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Good night, Phil.

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