Author: cheese and gum

  • Time to cross the bridge

    When All the Others Were Practice was finished, the plan was to submit it to as many festivals as we could and see what happened. We chose festivals that seemed a good fit for the film. Some were queer, some smaller or local or specifically for very low budget films. If the film was accepted…

  • Cast and Crew Screening

    On Saturday, May 17 2014 we rented the Variety Children’s Charity screening room in downtown San Francisco for our cast and crew screening. It had been nearly a year since we wrapped filming, and it was great to see the cast, musicians, and our friends. We’ll take a little breather, submit a bunch of festivals,…

  • In the Can

    In 2009 I decided to take some story ideas that Jon and I had been playing with, and use them as the basis for a script. I wanted to write a script that I could film on a small budget but one that didn’t feel like the typical three-people-in-a-room independent film. My other goal was…

  • Such A Tease

    The teaser Trailer for All the Others Were Practice has finally arrived! The films’ edit is nearly finished, and we’re starting on the color and sound mix. Festival submissions have begun, and we are on track to have the film finished by January 2014. Until then, here’s a little tease. http://vimeo.com/btolle/atowp-teaser-trailer

  • Back on Track

    We had a few false starts and the original rough edit was never recovered, but we had the technology and we re-built it. (It was actually re-built a few times, until I figured out why the files kept getting corrupted.) On Friday 9/6 we watched a full edit of the film for the first time.…

  • Ouch

    We have been very lucky on this production. On the technical side we have tried our best to anticipate problems and filming went very smoothly, all things considered. We had redundant video and audio recording, all the footage is double-archived. In post we have been backing up all of our files. On Friday 7/26 we…

  • A First Look

    Our first look at ALL THE OTHERS WERE PRACTICE. Between April 25 and June 15 we had twenty-one 8-hour filming days. We were busy – averaging over an hour of footage every day. With over 27 hours of footage for our 90 minute film, we have a lot of work ahead of us. During July…

  • It’s a Wrap!

    On Saturday June 15, we wrapped photography on All the Others Were Practice. We filmed the office cafeteria scenes, and it proved to be one of the more challenging days of the entire schedule. There were lots of food props and wardrobe changes, and we had more actors on set than any other day. We…

  • The Last Storyboards

    Our last day of filming is Saturday, 6/15. We will be filming the cafeteria scenes. I can not wait to see these scenes, they are some of the purest comedy in the film. When the cafeteria scenes play in the film they’re little bits that perk up the pace. We are filming them all at…

  • The Office Set

    We couldn’t find a suitable office location. We looked at what we needed, and realized that all we needed was some walls. It needed to be claustrophobic. So on Sunday 6/9, Joe, Kerry and Eric helped me assemble and paint a small set on the rehearsal stage of Boxcar Theater. It is the only set…

  • The Home Stretch

    On May 25, we completed 18 days of filming. We have a lot of amazing footage and performances, but there is still about 1/4 of the script left to film. On June 10 & 11, we resume filming with all of the office scenes. This will be the only sequence where we will be filming…

  • Boards for filming in Guerneville

    These are the boards that we used to help keep track of what angles needed to be filmed while we were filming each scene. The drawings seem simple, but they contain just enough information for me to remember what the various camera angles are that I need to tell the story.

  • Behind the Scenes on Van Ness

    For scene 91 – we rehearsed the scene, then we headded down to the intersection of Van Ness and Grove St. There were just five of us, two actors and three crew, and we were able to get four camera setups in less than an hour. The footage looks pretty good and the performances come…

  • The Purple Rooster and a Happy Morning

    While we were filming scene 151 at Terra Mia, the actors painted their props during the scene. We went ahead and had the pieces fired and they are really cute.I hope to use them in the closing credits somehow.

  • And this is why we wear sunscreen!

  • 01:13:42:18 = Epic Day

    Today we had a long and grueling day as we filmed the final scenes of the film. It was day 13 of 22, and I had a bit of trouble getting into the spirit of the scenes. The actors helped me rally and we pulled off a tremendous day – with great performances and one…

  • obit

    As Liz writes an obituary, Henry is overwhelmed by memories and escapes from our world into his.

  • Filming at the Lookout

    On Thursday 5/9 we were fortunate enough to film at the Lookout in San Francisco. The bar was open to the public, and a bunch of great friends came out to fill in the crowd. Our production was so small, most patrons probably didn’t even realize we were filming. We didn’t add any lights –…

  • Candy Kitchen

    When we found ourselves down a diner location at the last minute, the St. Francis fountain was gracious enough to let us film in the Candy Kitchen. The space used to be where the candy was made, but now it’s an extra dining room that mostly seems to be used on weekends. So, we had…

  • Storyboards for day 9 out of 24

    Every day we have at least this much to guide us on how much and what we are going to film for each scene.

  • Filming in Downtown

    We took over a small office in SF on Saturday 5/4 to film 9 scenes and whopping 14 setups.It was a long day but we got a lot of great little scenes.Eric and Eve and Tim stopped by to play some office workers in the elevator, and Tim got to play the part of the…

  • Peninsula Beauty

    Gia at Peninsula Beauty was kind enough to stay after work and let us film a pretty funny scene. Thank you Gia! Our production footprint is so small that we were able to setup and film the entire scene – a page-and-a-half of dialogue and 5 angles – in less than an hour.

  • 80 deg in SF

    In golden gate park for b-roll.

  • Getting ready to steal a shot on the bus

  • Gorgeous!