In the film there's a brief scene where Ernesto sends out a potentially life changing email asking for the support he needs to answer his calling.
Naturally, there needs to be a shot of the email actually going out, right? Well, when we shot the scene many months ago we focused on the "bigger" shots in the scene, because we knew a simple screen shot could be done as an "insert" anytime. We have computers in front of us all day, and a camera within reach.
As you might guess, months flew by as we edited and we never got this shot. We had a "placeholder" image in the edit that simply said "video uploaded and emailed." Every time we came across it in the edit Liz, our wise exec producer, would ask "When are you going to get that shot?" And I would always respond, "Don't worry, it only takes a minute, and we don't really need it right now." We finished our sound mix at Skywalker with that graphic in place. Liz asked about it again and I responded "Well. It doesn't matter for sound."
It does matter for color grading. And we started our color grade without it. We finished the main photography color grade without it. On the last day of grading you tend to heap the remaining elements on a "pick-up reel" so that they get the right color to match the film. This email shot had to be on it.
The problem with shooting a computer screen is that it's incredibly boring. I am loath to shoot boring shots, so there's the challenge. I thought about it and then reached for the camera and a common, inexpensive, 50mm macro lens. Macro lenses are brilliant for close-up shots of small things, and not making ordinary things boring.
You could go into a Burger King with a macro lens and make art. Not that you should.
While these shots may not be art (they were shot on the screen I am typing this on) they are at least not-boring to me. And they made the color-grade last week. Thank god. And Liz. It's in the film and will fly by in 3 seconds, probably unnoticed by most people. Except you. YOU, having read all this, probably will notice it!
This is my round-about way of sharing what goes into making an ordinary moment in the film. And how necessity usually throws procrastination out the window!
Truth is, this is also my way of thanking everyone for coming to this blog. We're getting a lot of traffic and interest of late, and our Facebook page seem to have caught fire.
In the last few days our Facebook page "likes" have rocketed from 400 to now 1460, and climbing!!
Truly, that is Mandorla MOVEMENT.
It makes us feel like we are starting to connect to the audience for Mandorla!
Thank you all so much. These are exciting times with more adventures ahead!