Hero For A Day – Production Diary Entry #4

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Written as part of a production diary in March 2002.

Yesterday was twisted. I may be in trouble or I may have just burned a few bridges and may never hear about it again. In January when we shot (name removed) white car down at the beach, to get some reverse shots of the murder scene – the snow didn’t quite work. We shot in a blizzard and the footage of Julie on the beach has no snow. Since I liked the footage of Julie better, Branden and I decided to re-shoot the reverse instead. Unfortunately the original car was unavailable. (Name removed)’s mother has a car of similar shape and size though… except it’s shit brown. Whatever. I made it work.

Eric Norcross in Hero For A Day (2002)

We shot the scene, this time I decided to do all of my own stunt driving. Everything went swell except when I put the car into reverse I backed into a telephone pole and busted a tail light. I don’t have a license and she is PISSED. Although I think she’s mainly angry with herself because she let an unlicensed driver do stunts with her car and so there’s no legal recourse. I’m convinced I’ve burned a bridge, but hey, the footage is top quality indie film material and is going to give this movie the production value it needs and when she sees it, she’ll understand.

UPDATE / NOTE

My naivety nearly did me in. The owner of the car did see the film and was not impressed, and the summer of the premiere she threatened to file a small civil suit after her brother had been pulled over for the missing tail light, that I was responsible for. Nothing came of the threat. Not sure if someone intervened or if she realized it was a fool’s effort.

-Publisher’s Note-

Hero For A Day is now available on DVD via Amazon.com, and includes two versions of the film, the original 2002 cut that premiered at the now defunct Spar Restaurant and the 2009 re-edit with a new score and sound design.

Hero For A Day (2002)

Hero For A Day (2002)

Pick it up at: http://www.amazon.com/Geistert-Norcross-Doughty-Lauren-MacVane/dp/B0029XFOKM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340629434&sr=8-1&keywords=hero+for+a+day+eric+norcross

Hero For A Day – Production Diary Entry #3

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Written as part of a production diary in March 2002.

Had an AWESOME day shooting the chase scene. We started out in the morning shooting the final hand to hand combat sequence in the ball field. Not sure how it’ll turn out but whatever, we can go back if we absolutely have to. (name removed) hooked us up with the police cruiser for about an hour and (name removed) lent us his red sports car – not sure about cars so the make and model is actually a mystery to me.

Chase scene in Hero For A Day (2002)

The scene broke down with Sean on his bicycle, peddling as fast as he can with the red car hot on his tail. Sean manages to get away because the red car gets pulled over by the police cruiser. Of course in the film it’ll appear as if my character is driving the red car… because well – I play the bad guy!

Sean Callan in Hero For A Day (2002)

The fun part was that we had multiple cameras rolling at the same time and to view the same stunts from different angles gave me the impression of what it must be like to direct a big budget movie… it’s such a cool thing. More indie filmmakers need to do action – it kicks so much ass.

Too psyched to write, I want to head back and review the dailies again.

-Publisher’s Note-

Hero For A Day is now available on DVD via Amazon.com, and includes two versions of the film, the original 2002 cut that premiered at the now defunct Spar Restaurant and the 2009 re-edit with a new score and sound design.

Hero For A Day (2002)

Hero For A Day (2002)

Pick it up at: http://www.amazon.com/Geistert-Norcross-Doughty-Lauren-MacVane/dp/B0029XFOKM/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1340629434&sr=8-1&keywords=hero+for+a+day+eric+norcross