Whew! We did it. The final scenes wrapped on Saturday, 11/5.
Seen here in a friendly moment between rivals in the bar Churchie's is Jay Huguley (Paul) and Kip Weeks (Ev Fogerty), James Khanlarian in the center, Zak Steiner (Jamie Eugley), and Alec Wirth (Russell Fogerty)
Here's a scene in the convenience store with Zak and I think, Tim Peper (Neal Ames) judging by his super creased golf pants.
The last scenes of the week were on a sailboat for the scenes between Jamie and Happy. James and Zak hanging in the background here.
Here's Sarah Catherine Hook (Happy) getting ready for a scene.
Greer got a lot of her final scenes done early in the week. Here's her picture wrap (taken from her IG story) on how Zak and the crew surprised her with a bouquet of roses.
Stay tuned. We're now officially in post-production and a lot has to still happen behind the scenes, including editing, composing, and working out some distribution details. As far as my book, it is still awaiting a new print run, and you can go a long way to ensure we get more copies available by going to my publisher Leapfrog Press and putting in a pre-order.
It's been a heck of a ride!
These photos are all courtesy Davison Locksley, an actor who portrays the lobsterman Chuck, a friend of the gang. He took a bunch of photos while on set. You can find him on Insta @davisonlocksley_gmail
We have a whole new film crew whom I haven't met, but I hear they've been excellent this week!
Lucinda Jenney plays Jeannie Churchill, the widow who owns Churchie's. we ended up combining some characters and re-destributing some dialogue so Lucinda plays a much larger catalyst in the film than the book. Hey, she can slap down a PBR like the best of 'em.
And here's James. I'm loving the lighting in these scenes and also that it takes place in a dive bar. That was the early '90s in Maine. No cell phones. Girls in the '90s just showed up in jeans and t-shirts. Just a free afternoon to wander down to the pub, meet up with random people, play some pool (badly) and chug some beers. Good times. I think we capture this pretty well in these scenes since the story takes place in 1993.
Rack 'em Zak. Zak Steiner seen here looking very much like every fisherman who every picked up a pool cue I've ever met.
Sarah taking her turn. Were they playing eight ball or nine ball? Just hung out with a professional pool player yesterday and showed him this picture. "She's holding the cue a little too high" is what he had to say. C'mon man! It's Sarah Catherine Hook! She looks cute patoot in this scene. Shout out to our costume designer Steph. We've had a lot of discussions this summer what a schooner girl looks like. They nailed SC's look.
Stay tuned as we get more photos from on set. So excited to go into post-production!
Zak, Taylor, Greer, and Sarah Catherine are all back on set this week filming the pickup shots, which are the additional scenes filmed after principal photography has ended.
James took some photos in between shots. (At least I think they're called shots. Takes?) Here's SC looking too cute, while behind her Zak is on his phone (in his Moody's hat). To the right is Gracie Lacey, an actor in the film, (who worked on set this summer with us in Maine) who plays a new character named Audrey.
Hey, Hey, Tay! Taylor Takahashi reprising the role of Thongchai, Jamie Eugley's best buddy. So, for a number of reasons (location issues, actors' schedules), we had to do these pickup scenes in L.A. In the book, the scenes in Churchie's (the local bar everyone hangs out in) was based on the look and feel of The Black Harpoon in Maine. Here's a story about the place I did nearly 10 years ago. Logistics determined that some of the scenes in the original script had to change. For example, the scene at the over-the-top mansion in Camden where Jamie, Thongchai, and Carey go to a party has now been replaced with Churchie's.
A first look at Churchie's. A number of scenes take place in this bar. They flew Tim Peper back out to L.A. to reprise his role of Neal Ames. Jay Huguley (Paul) and Kip Weeks (Ev Fogerty) have also come back to finish up filming.
A cool monitor shot. Sarah Catherine and Zak setting up pool shots in the first encounter between Jamie and Happy.
Zak and Sarah Catherine. Churchie's is now where Jamie and Happy meet for the first time (instead of the mansion party) which totally makes sense because I used to see the schooner bums come into the local dive across the street all of the time on their days off to drink some beers and play some pool. Happy is unlike anyone Jamie has ever met--she's as tough as a fisherman, cute as a button, and absolutely uninhibited by life, a complete counterpoint to his own circumstances.
Who's that? Only our favorite Key Makeup and SPFX person! Hanging out with Taylor again.
And where's Greer you ask? I don't have a photo of her on set, but here's her own shot of the crew. She and Zak started out the week on a very long day of shooting at the convenience store where Anja takes on an internship to try and broaden her social and motor skills, three years after her brain-injury.
Here's more of the convenience store--and yes, this L.A. store could totally be in Maine. Look how quaint it is!
I'll try and get more photos this week so stay tuned!
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