Juror 3 is just about finish, aside from a few sound design setbacks. We ended up shooting one more day – a pickup with Greg Vorob and Loie Merritt. Loie is a friend from Maine. Now at 12 cast members, this is definitely the largest cast I’ve worked with on a single project.
This past week I produced my first high definition shot film. Juror 3, was shot as an exercise to help me familiarize myself with the Canon XH-A1. While a lot remains to be worked out on a technical level, I’ve gotten the hang of it and am looking forward to using this camera with some of our upcoming client projects.
All of the film was shot in a single day in three different areas of the city. We started out in the morning, filming in the federal district. Using the city’s new “optional permits” we filmed a scene in the park just in front of 60 Centre Street (the courthouse where I reported to jury duty a little while back). We then proceeded to take a trip on the free, Staten Island Ferry, so I could get establishing shots of the Manhattan Skyline. We proceeded uptown to West End Avenue and 81st Street where we filmed in Ariel’s apartment. Jan’s lifelong friend Ariel and her family were very helpful in letting us have access to their home, the building, rooftop etc. A very cool production!
Aside from being my first HD movie, the unique thing about Juror 3 is it’s remarkable large cast for such a short story. Branden came down to Maine to work on this (and our upcoming Luzzo’s commercial) and the cast of Spuyten Duyvil, some of our friends and new actors who I hadn’t worked with before. We’re still editing it and it’s turning out to be quite the little pain in the ass. Overlapping conversations between 7 or more people for one, isn’t an easy task. Will update more later.