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Old July 31 2011, 02:50 AM   #706
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DISCLAIMER: No Dennis Bailey's were harmed in the making of this video. All staple guns were entrusted to others who ensured that he would remain and staple free and safe in his fingers free to type away more writing.
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Old July 31 2011, 03:05 AM   #707
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We've considered giving a production credit to one "Brad Naylor" without whom we wouldn't have been able to complete construction on the sets in time.

Not seriously. Gag credits like that are disrespectful, unless the whole thing is comic.
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Old July 31 2011, 04:01 AM   #708
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No disrespect intended. Just a honorary nod your personal sacrifice on the Exeter shoot. Just well wishes to a safe trip this time around.
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Old July 31 2011, 04:26 AM   #709
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I wasn't talking about you, but about the idea of gag credits in the movie.
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Old July 31 2011, 04:34 AM   #710
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So much for my "Generally in charge of a lot of things" credit. Drat!
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Old July 31 2011, 05:33 PM   #712
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Old August 1 2011, 02:36 PM   #714
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"A crane? Where we're going we don't need a crane!"
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Old August 2 2011, 12:03 AM   #715
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As soon as it was "moving on" the actors retreated to whatever welcoming shade they could find.
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Old August 2 2011, 03:06 PM   #716
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This is what the place looked like when we first scouted it in May:



A day before we finally shot, the owners trucked away some dirt that had obscured the excavated nature of the far wall just a little. Eh, we'll fix it in post.
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What's interesting about location shooting is that the overall landscape often doesn't matter. As long as there are enough angles to get the look you want, it doesn't matter what is outside the camera frame.

Dennis and I walked the site on two different occasions and shot photos of potential angles to discuss with D.P. Alexander Ibrahim. I storyboarded based on these discussions and photos. By the time we got to location we usually knew where to plunk down the camera for each shot, and how to arrange the shooting schedule to work with changing sunlight, etc.
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And also pretty much how to shoot around the fact that there were obvious dirt roadways cut through the location.

I just like this shot because it's such a "we're on the job making a movie" picture:

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Speaking of on-location, here's a shot of a landing party" prop used by Dr. Valerie Young in POLARIS. It was built from an electronic toy and modified to include a greenscreen element for VFX superimposition (a reflective surface was placed over the greenscreen when the device was "idle") and custom interface graphics.



This photo of the same prop was taken before final touchups to it. The rubber band holding the scanner disc in place was there while the cement dried.

I really liked this prop because it looks so unlike a tricorder. The offset circular screen is what really does it.
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