“A director’s style is partly the result of the manner in which he imposes his mind on the semi-controllable conditions that exist on any given day — the responsiveness and talent of actors, the realism of the set, time factors, even weather.” ― Stanley Kubrick
After the chaos of Day 1, Day 2 was a relatively dull affair – in other words, a film crew’s delight. We were behind on time by one scene but forged onwards under the able captaincy of our director. From a director’s perspective, Day 2 was near perfect. The crew, still fresh from the experience of our difficult start on the previous day, was active and fully involved in trying to make amends and claw back some lost time. The actors were one a roll, with Herbert, our lead, showing a lot of perseverance in trying to realize David’s vision. Nina, who had a relatively small role to play on Day 1 was ready and rearing to go.
We planned to shoot only at one location for the day – the house in Freiburg’s sleepy little suburb of Günterstal. The first scene we shot was a conversation scene in the dining room. We shot the scene from 4 different perspectives, all using a GL optix 18-35mm T2 lens mounted on a Panther dolly. The greatest technical challenge we faced on second day came down to succinct management of space. The good folks at Behring Film & Klotz media had graciously lent us their dolly equipment for the shoot. We built around 6m worth of dolly tracks and had to use them in the confined space of a dining room. As filming challenges go, this was definitely not the Everest. More like a happy trek up Freiburg’s Schloßberg. The biggest complaint from the crew was that we had an ohrwurm struck in our ear – the “Guten Morgen!” Nina uttered 30 times in her own inimitably vivacious manner.
Having finished the first scene for the day, we broke for lunch – a happy and communal affair. Say what you want about the troubles of filmmaking, but lunch on a film set is amongst best lunches you will ever have, surrounded as you are by creative and like minded people.
The second scene for the day was another dolly shot – following Herbert on the dolly as he walked through the garden. A fairly simple shot tracking shot for which we used 10m of the dolly rail tracks. We were done with it in 4 takes.
We then took care of some unfinished business from the day before – we finished our half filmed scene from Day 1 and packed up for the day.
As days on a film set go, this was a near perfect day – the actors were on song, the crew worked in unison and the director got almost all that he wanted (show me a director who is completely satisfied with his work and I will show you a fool). We were still slightly behind schedule, but we looked forward to the next day with tons of hope and lots of excitement.
Our heroes of the day were our director, for having complete control over what he wanted to see and being able to get a perfect day out of the crew, Herbert – for his patience and compliance in trying to achieve what David expected of him.
©photos by Flo Force Photography and David Kellermann