If the first day of our third week had been another night shoot in a complicated space, I have a feeling it might have been slightly disastrous, or at least inefficient. We got just over 48 hours for our “weekend” (not enough, FYI – I spent 22 of those hours sleeping and I’m still dead tired) and last week was pretty punishing.
However, we’re switching to day shoots in a studio for four days, and it feels so luxurious. After this day, I understand completely why studios are sometimes a more appealing option than locations.
At the condo where we shot last week, every time we set up the camera, we would have to move all the furniture and pack up precious items from the area where we would be placing it. Then we would point it in a direction and shoot. When we were ready to do a reverse shot, we’d have to move all the furniture (and stuff) out of the area we’d just been shooting, move the camera there, and “re dress” the other side of the room – which is a fancy way of saying “put all the stuff back the way it was”.
That takes a long-ass time to do.
At the studio, all we have in any direction around the simple set (a table and four chairs) is empty space. Not an infinite amount of empty space, but enough that there is no “redressing” required. If we need to move the camera, we just move it and continue to roll.
It didn’t feel like a break day for me, because I had so much prepping to do for the next few days and a bit of damage control for next week (apparently we broke an exit sign at the bar where we shot last Monday so I had to scramble to find an electrician who was free on short notice to fix it so as not to damage the relationship with the bar owner, whose B&B we’re shooting at next week). But it still felt good to be stationed in one place and not have to race around quite as much. For that, I am grateful.