Status for June 2001 through September 19, 2001
9/19 - I forgot to mention how pleased I was with last weekend's shootings. Robert (plays Bennet) had me in stitches with his facial expressions and I had to leave the garage in order for him to do the scene without any background laughter. Clio and Lou did an equally great job on the last Katie's Quarter's scene. After rewriting the script many, many times, I thought I would never laugh at it again (like telling the same joke over and over) but I was wrong. Seeing the actor's expressions and mannerisms has made me see the scene for the first time again. Anna (plays Morgan) surprised me with how many different ways a line could be delivered. She made me realize it is better to have all actors engaged in a conversation to be present whenever possible. Eve and Michelle were absolutely fantastic as Aunt Edith and Sally - the scene will elicit an "aw" from every female in the audience, and some males too! Phil did a great job as Glover, but we were a little disappointed with his lack of bloopers (did I mention I love bloopers?). Maybe we can coax some out of him when he does his other scenes. Jennifer (Doc) did a great job with her voice overs and her scene with Andy in the elevator was really good. It will bring a smile to the faces in the audience. The suprise was Richard, of course, since he has never acted before. He played Doc Wilson and had us believing he works the night shift at Fairfax Hospital. Clio did such a great job that the sweat on Richard's face was real! No pictures this time. I spent the last few days rebuilding the bridge set so we are ready to go Thurs eve.
9/16 - I feel it is important that we return to our normal lives,
otherwize the terrorists have achieved their goal. With that in mind,
we continued with our shooting scheduled for this last weekend, and again,
it was smooth as silk. The following are pictures from this weekend
and last weekend. I'm using the one chip camcorder still which has
stuff that won't be seen in the production image. In the top left
picture below, the crew is playing around during a shot. We see an
alien creature pop out of Captain Ryan's (Tom) chest. Fortunately
Sara (Krista) was there to save him (top right). (This is not in
the movie). This alien creature defecated on the Captain's chair,
either that or someone left raisins there, we're not quite sure.
Below that we see Andy (Lou) getting challenged by Tuk (Bette). To
the right is Admiral Morgan (Anna) in front of the green screen.
3rd row left is a picture of the crew, on the right are Eve and Michelle
doing their scene, Ricky was reading Max's lines. On the bottom left
is Doc (Jennifer) doing her green screen shots, and on the right are Doc
Wilson (Richard) and Katie (Clio) in the sick bay scene (I'm the guy behind
9/14 - I am, of course, devastated by the horrendous events which occurred Tuesday, 9/11/01. How can Militant Islamics claim any belief in God? Don't ALL religions preach "Thou shall not kill"? They steal jets (hijacking). "Thou shall not steal". Bin Laden lies about his involvement. "Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor". How many other Commandments do they break in the name of the Lord? To me, they appear to be a band of Lying Murderous Cutthroats and Thieves. A group right out of the Middle Ages. My heart goes out to all of the innocent lives who were murdered by this ruthless scum of the Earth. I pray that the innocent people are all in Heaven. To Hell with the others!
9/9 - The first weekend of shooting was fantastic and the actors
gave terrific performances! Everything went almost flawlessly and
we are even ahead of schedule! We managed to complete approximately
22 pages (which is about the same number of minutes) of the movie.
The only minor problem was we couldn't get the horns to stick on Tuk so
we decided to forget them. I think Bette did a great job with her
alien make-up (see below). Also below is a picture of us discussing
a crucial scene. These pictures are from the one-chip camcorder so
I'll try to get some better pictures from the 3-chip production camcorder
a little later.
9/6 - All Principal and Major actors have accepted their roles (see
we just have to work out the schedule. Still negotiating on Minor
actor roles. I put the Rafi and Speck uniforms on order so I can
shoot those scenes as soon as the costumes arrive. (I won't use the
hood for the Rafi costume). I hope the costumes look as good as their
pictures in real life because they sure were cheap. I'm also planning
on having a student make-up artist apply the make-up for the aliens.
9/2 - The bridge set is finished! Hooray! (see below) The script was finished and sent to the actors who have been offered roles (Auditions were held 8/25, 8/26 and 18 very talented individuals showed up). 15 people are still interested in the project and casting will be finalized by about 9/5. Shooting is currently scheduled to commence on Sat 9/8.
8/21/01 - The lamination worked beautifully - the consoles are done
except for touch up. The UPSFC seal with the holographic material
is shown next to the computer generated seal in the 8/12/01 report below.
The picture to the left below shows the elevator doors (with the UPSFC
seal), a viewer screen, the comm panel, and the helm bridge console.
The ceiling will be one of the last things to do (I will install a white
drop cloth). The picture to the right is a close up of the comm panel.
Also finished building the base for the Captain's chair but it still needs
sanded and painted. My plan is to assemble the set during the long
Labor Day weekend so it's ready for the beginning of shooting on Sep 8.
The inflatable furniture arrived but it's dark blue instead of silver.
The manufacturer has discontinued it so the blue will have to do.
8/12/01 - The rain hindered progress this weekend but got a few
things done anyway. Again, the spray fixative has tainted the color
of the bridge control panels giving the greys a red tint but I think I
have found a solution - lamination! I will try it out tomorrow.
Also finished designing the Space Force Command seal, see below.
I will use gold holographic material to place over the gold area.
The emblems on the costumes (which is just the gold area, not the entire
seal) are made of this same holographic material, it looks real good.
8/8/01 - The console panels bubbled again so they have to be remade a fourth time. UGH! This time I'll use glue. The viewers are finished except for touch up, as is the transporter pad. Received the Captain's chair. Will make a new stand for it and put the UPSFC emblem on it. Ordered some silver inflatable furniture for the room scenes. While on vacation I found some really cool futuristic paintings to hang on the walls and conference room (see below). Auditions have been set and the actors have been contacted. Also ordered a 9 foot boom assembly for the shotgun mike since the crew always gets tired of holding the fish pole. Also installed pull handles on the wall panels to make them easier to move around.
7/26/01 - The wall panels are complete except for the viewers; the white strip around the screen needs to be painted black. Finished building the transporter pad last weekend, just need to finish painting it. Found a great Captain's chair and placed it on order, it looks great (see below) and will only need minor modifications. There will be a delay since I am going on vacation but when I return I will be announcing the casting call. Need to redesign the web site to make it look more professional.
7/17/01 - Made a painting mistake and had to redo the console faces again. Used a different sealant on the artwork which seams to work much better. Got a quote on renting the conference table and chairs for the conference room scenes. Bought carpet for the bridge floor.
7/12/01 - Finished putting the second coat on the panels.
Below are pictures of the new consoles and a bridge viewer screen (the
green area will be replaced with another image in post production).
The third picture shows that the spots on the console faces are gone.
7/11/01 - Finished designing the comm and galley panels and taped them for painting.
7/9/01 - Got the first coat of paint on the panels and the tops of the consoles were re-done. Currently working on the design of the comm panel and the galley panel. Bridge view screens are done.
7/3/01 - The 12 wall panels have been built and I hope to have them
painted by the end of the weekend (7/8). I still have to design and
paint the bridge view screens. The tops of the three bridge consoles
have to be re-done because little pieces of steel wool became embedded
in the plastic coating and rusted making little brown spots. Still
to build are the Captain's chair, the teleporter pad, the communications
station panel, and the galley panel. The layout of the bridge is
The first picture above is of the 3 bridge consoles. The new faces have more color in them and look better. To the right of the consoles are some of the unpainted wall panels. The second picture shows the rust spots in the old console faces.
June 2001 - Got the costumes back from the costumer. Started work on the consoles.