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.
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.
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.