Tuesday, June 05, 2007

Graveyard of the Goddess

On Saturday, we shot one of my favorite scenes in Women's Studies, the "Graveyard of the Goddess" scene.

It's an intimate scene in which Judith (Tara Garwood) introduces Mary (Cindy Marie Martin) to a sacred place on the campus of Ross-Prentiss Women's Academy, a stone circle where centuries before women were burned as witches. To Judith, it's a place to seek guidance, something she senses Mary could use. Once there, Judith explains her theory of why the sexes will never be equal and Mary opens up about her troubles with her boyfriend Zack (James A. Radack).

It was a good day. For the first time, I got to see Art Director Stephanie Petagno's Academy Girl uniform in action. Plus, after threatening to dump rain on us all week, we were gifted with "just right" temperatures and sunshine. We got some great footage, and Cindy and Tara did a couple of "one-take wonders" which was awesome to behold.

Some of the Ningen Manga technical gremlins still plagued us, but these particular problems helped us figure out solutions for some long standing bugs we hope to implement on this Friday's shoot. So I guess everything happens for a reason.

Below are some pics from the shoot. Enjoy

Jim and Thomas
First AC Jim Housell and Camera Operator Thomas Fant prep the jib for the day's first shot.

Shooting the Discovery
Director Lonnie Martin gives some final direction before a shot rolls.

Adam Schreck gets ready to slate as Boom Operator Kevin Nowak and Actors Cindy Marie Martin (Mary) and Tara Garwood (Judith) look on.

Sean and Lonnie
Lonnie Martin consults with Sound Engineer Sean Russell.

Kurt Gustafson keeps everyone on schedule.

Cindy and Tara
Cindy Marie Martin (Mary) and Tara Garwood (Judith) take direction for the scene.

Lonnie Martin and DP Aaron Shirley make sure the shot is right before rolling.

Graveyard of the Goddess
Shooting a scene from Women's Studies.

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