Day Seven: No Food Fight

We spent the day filming in the kitchen, with a long lunch while Patrick prepared a delicious spaghetti sauce, fresh garlic bread and other yummies. 

A special shout out to Michael Felts, who has sent extra donations our way several times during this shoot to keep the food coming. Surprise gifts like this make the shoot all the more pleasurable!

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We also stepped out this afternoon to re-shoot a scene that was originally inside a store. We had lighting problems with the original footage, so we re-staged the scene on the sidewalk downtown.  The new footage looks great, and gives another view of town to the audience. 

Tomorrow we’ll spend the entire day in the bedroom. With these strong lights it’s gonna get steamy. 

Day Six: Coming Out of the Closet

We worked in the closet this morning. Five actors plus our crew crammed into a tiny closet with the door closed and five lights blazing away. It was a sweaty experience.

Ironically the first line of the scene is a character saying, “It’s cold in here.”  We were all breaking a sweat.

Later this afternoon we picked up the scene we couldn’t film last week, and re-shot two scenes I wanted to light better.

We are on schedule and doing well.

Tomorrow we’ll be working almost entirely in the kitchen. There’s a lot of dialogue tomorrow and the challenge will be to keep the scenes lively.

The weather forecast is for mostly clear skies.  It’s a very good thing we got the rainy shots done early in the production, since we may have not get any rain the rest of this week.

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Day Five: Arresting Development

Patty Gray showed up on set today to play the role of Sheriff Richards who hassles our main character in the beginning and at the end of the film reveals shocking details that completely twist the story line. 

Once again it hailed as we were filming, twice. 

We managed to get all our shots, though, and even re-shot one thing from earlier in the week. 

After tromping around the soggy woods this morning we filmed inside the local newspaper office (using it as the Sheriff Department) and then moved to the City Hall (using it as the local hospital). 

To the surprise of the cast when we walked into the newspaper office the receptionist shouted “You must be the movie stars! I read about you in the paper yesterday.”  (There was another article on the film in the local paper.) She then asked what movies they had been in before and asked for all their autographs on the article.  The actors each took a paper and read it as we drove to the next location.  They may not be famous in Hollywood, but their famous in Sweet Home!

Tomorrow Patrick and I film insert shots, scenery, and my on-camera stuff.  We’re heading into the snowy mountains for some of it. 

We resume filming with the principal cast members on Monday. 

 

Day Four: Doggone, Today Was Ruff

Oreo, the adorable black and white doggie joined our cast today and was a real trooper, jumping in the car, jumping out of the car, looking pitiful, looking adorable. 

We filmed nearly all the scenes that Oreo is in today.  

Unfortunately our picture truck had a vapor lock issue this morning, which slowed us down about an hour.  And then this afternoon when we were ready to shoot a forest scene with Oreo the clouds cleared and the land was streaming with sunlight.  So that particular scene is going to be filmed next week without Oreo.  I’ll either add barking in the soundtrack and make you believe you saw Oreo in the scene, or I’ll cut the dog from the scene altogether. 

We also had an adorable baby on set for one crucial scene in the film.  The little tyke giggled and cried on cue.  Mat Bostrom was an excellent baby wrangler. He’s good daddy material. 

Despite more hail today, freezing temperatures, wind, rain, and car problems we covered all the scenes except one. 

Tomorrow is a lighter day, and we’re primarily filming the Sheriff scenes. 

Tonight is quiet at the farm, I’ve been promised a back rub, and then I’m checking out till the morning. 

Day Three: Hail, Hail the Gang’s All Here

We were joined on set today by Mike Hawkins and Peter Young, playing the dangerous neighbors, and the skies pummeled us with hail throughout the day. 

We finished shooting earlier than previous days, around 3:30, went to dinner at a sit-down restaurant, and then went to see one of the worst motion pictures ever made.  It is somewhat comforting to know that on our little $5,000 budget film we couldn’t possibly do something as heinous as what James Franco just released.  I very rarely trash movies, and maybe it’s because I’m tired, but that was hideous. 

Tomorrow the schedule is very heavy, and perhaps Patrick Henderson suggests we’ll do something better than James Franco did. 

Unfortunately we do need to re-shoot one short scene due to lighting problems.

With that, in my state of delirium, I am going to bed to face another day. 

Day Two: It Started Raining

The weather couldn’t be more gloomy and I couldn’t be happier.

We were overcast the entire day, and had occasional rain sprinkles. Enough water to give it the right feel. We covered all the scheduled scenes today and are rolling into tomorrow’s schedule up to date.

Tonight the rain began in earnest.

Tomorrow’s shoot will be in full blown rain, the entire time.  We’re going to get wet.  There’s no avoiding it.

But tonight Patrick, Patrick and Stuart are bunking down at Lookout Farm and are toasty warm from the roaring wood stove.

Tomorrow will be a soggy adventure.

Day One: Sunshine

A moody, gloomy movie set deep in the dreary rain forest cannot be filmed in brilliant, streaming sunshine.

And we had a gorgeous day today – for everyone else.

We moved into the shade, and then waited for sunset, to get most of the shots today. There is a series of shots of one character prowling the forest alone that we’ll pick up another day.

Otherwise it went well. Handsome Mat Bostrom chopped firewood in his tight fitting tank top, and mysterious Stuart Bennett scowled menacingly.  Great work, guys!

Today was intentionally scheduled lightly, to work out any equipment issues or other problems. Tomorrow morning begins at 8am just as a heavy storm sweeps in from the Pacific Ocean.  We’ll be working in the rain the next several days, which is exactly what the movie needs.

Onward.

 

 

The Night Before Filming

And all through the cabin

the crew prepared to film

a movie full of stabbin’.

 

Patrick arrived

from Austin intact.

After sampling Oregon beer

he’s sleeping in fact.

 

The cast are at home

preparing their lines

Awaiting the first day

we shoot in the pines.

 

And I at my desk,

naked as a jay,

am calling it a night

to be ready the next day.

 

A thriller we’ll film,

with blood and suspense

Funded by you

our beloved aud-ience.

 

Sleep well, my loves.

We’ll do the same.

Tomorrow adventure begins

FORGOTTEN HERO its name.

Preparing to Shoot

Trevor has nightmare flashbacks of war. He’s taken in by a young couple who want his protection from neighbors starved to desperation.

He becomes part of the family.

It’s going great, till somebody gets killed.

FORGOTTEN HERO films March 18-29 in Sweet Home, Oregon.

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Writer/Director Paul Bright

Executive Producers Stephen J. Voss, Paul Fleck, Charles Barnett

Co-Producers Terry Looney, Colin Trail, Peter McDivit

Associate Producer Michael Felts

Casting Director Kate Young

Tremendous Thanks and Appreciation to Craig Sharp, Addie Alexander, Jack Overland

Special Thanks to Herbert Maton, Hilde Orens, Howard Stump, Jim Plote, Jimmy Jones, John Galbo, Michael Prevett, Nicole Elmer, Stephanie Madrid

Cast Mathew Bostrom, Heather Liddycoat, Patrick D. Green, Stuart Bennett, Jasmin Savoy Brown, Mike Hawkins, Peter Young, Patty Gray, Kim Fairbairn