Let me just say Day 1 and Day 2 were no cakewalk. We threw the actors and crew into a hornet's nest with lobster boat logistics, a yacht, shuffling working boats on the docks etc. So Day 3 should have been easy, right? Not for Greer, playing Anja. It's not enough we've forced her to handle pogies and live lobsters, made her wear smelly bait lobster gear, but today she had to jump into the cold Maine ocean and pretend to drown.
Greer won the "Trouper of the Day Award" not only for this scene, but later in the day, she had to deliver a wrenching scene, crying under a tree surrounded by crew and random people walking by wondering why this poor woman in a business suit was crying under a tree.
Oh, and if that weren't enough, the truck we rented for Jamie's ride had the bad taste to die the day before an entire day of shooting scenes ...in Jamie's truck. One of the producers thought the truck got either stolen or towed (we eventually figured out its whereabouts). Co-producer Ryan Post ended up saving the day by contacting J.K. Kalloch for a new truck AND getting it towed to be on set the next day. The power of Mainers making it HAPPEN! We have been so fortunate so far on this shoot to have the support and access from Maine locals--including lobster boats, houses, restaurants, businesses, vehicles, donated clothing, gear, and props.
We finished a long day with a sweet flashback scene featuring Jamie and Anja on the Rockland Breakwater. This is a short scene written by James Khanlarian. I am so fortunate as the author and screenwriter to have been solicited so closely for my feedback to the script. That doesn't happen in every shoot. It's just a testament to how cool this crew is.
Each day has been around 12, sometimes 14 hours--it is crazy how much time it takes to shoot certain scenes. We've got some long, productive days in front of us. If you haven't already "liked" our Facebook page, please do so now for more videos and photos as the shoot progresses. Stay tuned.
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