12.22.97

Making Cherry

 

A Real Life Ongoing Soap Opera and Instruction Manual About the Making of a Movie Called "Cherry"


 

Locations:
Holiday Hiatus
Principals:
Office: Becky
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Secret Santas Everywhere

Hitting the Hiatus Hard

Early Thursday morning I'm riding in the middle seats of a 15 seat van driven by Matt Schwartz through the Lincoln Tunnel. Riding shotgun is Phil, our DP. Ahead of me are Aaron, the gaffer, and Eddy, our line producer.

By early I mean 7:20. We are going on the Tech Scout, part 1.

There are nearly 20 of us heading for Hoboken, to visit the muffin shop, Leila's apartment and the church. These are really the three key locations on the film, and now, as we draw within weeks of the start of production all the department heads (Camera, Art, Props, Lights, Electric, Directing, Locations) converge together to survey the locations and decide what else needs to be done.

As we exit the tunnel Eddy, who has been talking to Phil about various productions they've worked on, turns to me. I've been drifting, sort of, wishing more that I was asleep than thinking I should be listening to their conversation, which I can't hear above the road roar anyway.

Eddy says, repeating what he'd just said to Phil (I guess), and thinking that it was important for me: "There is virtually no difference between a $200,000 budget and a $2,000,000 budget. Except there are more toys on the bigger budget. And on the last picture I worked with a $200,000 budget we had a full-time masseuse, which we probably won't have on this film. When things would get tense he'd rub everyone down. On a real low-budget picture you need that. Things got tense a lot."

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Over the next day and a half the Keys went from Hoboken to the Upper West Side to the Upper East Side to Central Park, with a few other stops along the way. And when the Tech Scout was done there was a Secret Santa party at the office, and then the production went on hiatus. Over the break you'll find occassional postings here about the goings on in the Production Department (Becky is on duty while others hiaticize), and ongoing reports of what happened on the Tech Scout.

It will give me a chance to catch up with all the departments. But first, a photo essay, as it were, featuring some Secret Santas.

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Joe displays product placement items: Spa and Skye.

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Secret Santa distribution begins for Amy, Liz and Jon

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Happy Holidays!

 

 

  Peter Kreutzer

 

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