This is THE TIGER HUNTER call sheet that is sent out to the crew every evening! It gives us a slew of important information such as:
Filming location and address, crew and cast contact information, the time each crew and cast member needs to show up to the set, the script pages and scenes being shot, cast transportation arrangements, parking instructions, the nearest hospital, and special notes regarding set dressing, props, wardrobe, and VFX!
This is Justine Seymour, our incredibly talented costume designer! She facilitates the narrative of the script by helping the actors discover their characters through their wardrobe. Here she is designing an outfit for RUBY, Sami Malik’s childhood friend and love interest. We can’t wait for you to see the rest of the costumes!
Yesterday was hectic but productive ーwe shot in numerous exterior and interior locations around LA!
The actor-director bond is important and often crucial to the success of a film. It’s day 6 of production and things are going very well between Lena Khan and Danny Pudi!
Fun fact: the straw in the water bottle set-up is common, and shows respect to the make-up department by making sure nothing gets ruined when taking a sip!
Since Lena is super-busy right now, THE TIGER HUNTER crew is updating her Tumblr! We want to keep all of you updated on her journey!
-The Tiger Hunter Team
WE FILM IN EIGHT DAYS!
And things have been…insane. Absolutely insanity, but in so many good ways (the only bad way being that I’ve had trouble finding time to update the blog)!
So what is keeping me, and us, so busy? Okay here’s an idea of how Friday went:
- 8:30 AM: Webcam with AR Rahman, India’s most talented and famous composer.
- 9:30 AM: Stop at bank to pick up cashier’s check for $20K to pay Screen Actors Guild bond
- 10:30 AM: Fitting with one of our lead actors, trying on every single outfit he will wear in the film and making tweaks based off of mood of the scene, character, etc.
- 12:30 PM: Location scout at LA Convention Center for a few of our scenes
- 2:00 PM: Camera test with the ARRI ALEX (pictured above with our cinematographer) and Red Epic with the DRAGON SENSOR. We’re going with the Alexa.
- 4:30 PM: Screen our footage at a post house to tweak it to try to see if we can get the look of Color Reversal film on an Alexa
- 5:30 PM: talk to one of our producers and casting director about what to do about casting last role we have, how much to offer, etc. Brainstorm options. Make calls to pull favors.
- 6:00 PM: go through every page of script with AD, making sure transitions are fluid, honing in on exactly what is needed in each scene and where, how many extras are needed for each scene, etc.
- 8:30 PM: Sign a bunch of documents. Like, a lot. This took forever. Finally go through all my emails.
- 10:00 PM: Find out that the company name in our film is already taken, have to brainstorm new one. Discuss hair and makeup with that department.
- 11:30 PM: Send out update to investors
- 12:00 AM: Start implementing script changes…at some point fall asleep for the briefest of moments…
And that’s it! I’ll try to update a bit more regularly as we start. Remember, we will be updating nearly DAILY as our shoot progresses! We start July 7th! Make sure to follow us on Facebook for the most updates, and on Twitter!
WE’RE LOOKING FOR LOCATIONS!
These days things are hectic. Foremost, we are looking for locations while casting. The problem is that our film is set in 1970s Chicago…and we are filming in Los Angeles. This means we are:
1. Doing a lot of research
2. Heavily involving the production designer
You would be surprised how much this entails. We have been active on Pinterest finding photos of any and everything in 1970s Chicago — because everything matters. We have to pay attention to how the signage looked, the variety of colors of the buildings, the fact that California uses more stucco while Chicago has more brick, the character of the area, the fact that there are no palm trees, etc. If need be, our production designer is even planning on dressing (aka transforming) palm tree trunks if we can get everything else right!
Will keep you updated on what we find! Until then, follow what we are doing by checking out our Pinterest account HERE.
Casting is a crazy and maddening process. These days we’re doing a combination of casting calls and sending offers to actors. In the casting sessions, our Casting Director pre-screens hundreds of actors and has many of them come in to auditions. They sit in that lonely chair (sometimes stand), and they do a scene with our Casting Associate, who reads the other character’s lines. Then, several of these actors are selected to come back in, where they do the same thing — except this time in front of me and my producer as well. The whole thing only takes about 10 minutes. And, I must confess, it’s pretty cool to get to meet all kinds of actors that I recognize from various films and TV shows. Last Tuesday, I met an actor whose movie I just saw in theaters last weekend!
Actors are incredibly brave people (after all, they themselves are their art) — and we’ve seen so many talented ones. Sometimes, we find an incredibly talented actor, or maybe a very popular one — but he just doesn’t suit the role. And at all times I have to keep in mind that I have to do what’s best for the overall vision of the project. But, at least, we know what that actor is capable of for future projects. Or, for those more “known” actors — now he knows me…
And I’m off to a session!
I am exciting that I have been accepted into Joan Scheckel’s directing lab! Joan Scheckel runs an amazing filmmaking lab that runs for about six weeks (ending right before our shoot date), and helps directors prepare for directing their films and getting at the heart of the performance. Groups selected are quite small, and I’m excited to be participating!
I’ve wanted to be part of this program for years. It’s been used extensively by directors to prepare for films such as LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE, WHALE RIDER, ARBITRAGE, ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND and pretty much all those films that win at Sundance and Cannes. It’s vouched for extensively by actors such as Mark Ruffalo and Zooey Deschanel (who participated) and I am certain it’ll bring the film to a whole new level.
I am VERY excited.
Things have been hectic. And, they’re just going to get MORE hectic. Here are a few things we’re working on these days:
- Starting paperwork with SAG, the Screen Actors Guild, which is extensive. We also had to determine which SAG level we were qualifying for. All this makes a difference — for the usual SAG contract, any actor who speaks even ONE LINE on set costs us approximately $800-$900 total.
- Getting a location scout and breaking up the script into locations
- Setting up our production office
- Sending an offer to our #1 choice for our lead
- Tweaking the script to better suit our budget. For example: night shots are more expensive. We’re reducing the ones that don’t really affect our story.
- Acclimating our new interns
- Making a “wish list” for our actors for every role. Casting directors need about 8 weeks to cast, and we are almost exactly 8 weeks from our shoot date.
- Starting to compile a list of indie bands that fit our desired soundtrack
- Still trying to raise money (donate here! http://bit.ly/helpthefilm )
- Finding a cinematographer, production designer, and casting director by mid-next week
- Determining which background extras need to be paid (aka we need a certain look for them) and which we’ll get from open calls
Etc etc etc.
More updates soon! If you haven’t already, make sure you sign up for our mailing list at www.thetigerhunter.com!