So, we are done with the first two days of the shoot! We were shooting in the bar which we had only from 8 am to 2:30 pm – initially it sounded like an issue, especially when the night before the first day of the shoot Sally, our contact person, told us that nobody can actually open it for us at 8, so we should start at 9. With all preparations, it extremely limited the time we had to actually shoot. With producers, we decided to remove the lunch break and just have snacks on set for whoever needs it. We tried not to panic, also the director and DOP assured us that it should not be an issue as they rehearsed a lot and are prepared which turned out to be true – we finished even earlier than we were supposed to.
However, a huge issue turned out to be our contact person in the restaurant – Sally. She was not there when we arrived and showed up at around 12 pm, and the first thing she did was almost yelled at the producers. She was freaking out because we used the tables she didn’t want us to, because we got snacks (“If somebody chokes it will be my responsibility!!”) and basically because of everything. After that, she started giving a lecture to the whole crew AND actors which was incredibly unprofessional. We are not her kids, we apologized for the misunderstanding, we cleaned up the territory she didn’t want us to use quickly, we tried to keep the place as organized and clean as possible. Anyway, after all those words she started watching us shooting the film and everybody felt very uncomfortable as she basically ruined the whole vibe. Luckily, we only had the insert shots left, after that, we packed up and left. Sally was giving us directions so we don’t show up in the main hall of the hotel and was basically treating us as we were doing something VERY bad and embarrassing for her, but okay, fine, thanks for the bar.
I was on set all the time coordinating the crew so everybody is aware of their responsibilities, doing the clapper board, making sure we are on time. I tried to be as helpful as possible and hopefully was but it’s not for me to judge.
On the second day, we tried to follow all Sally’s directions no matter how weird they were (no food on set? You want us and the actors just dye there?). Yana was making sure there’s not a single thing not on its place, and to be fair when Sally showed up she seemed pretty satisfied. But the second day brought us more difficulties. We were given this bar for the shoot, we were given particular timings, we arranged everything. However, at approximately 11 am stuff just decided to do their most loud work. Construction going on, people coming and going, speaking on their phones, washing the dishes or whatever they were doing but it made so many sounds we literally couldn’t shoot. Every single take was being ruined by some people. We kindly tried to explain to them, that shooting is impossible with loud sounds at the background. The workers were actually helpful; however, we met no sympathy from the managers – at some point they started to make even louder noises when I was standing right in front of them begging for at least 30 minutes of quietness so we can finish and leave and not disturb them. All in all, they just made the suffering longer for both sides as we were unable to move on and were forced to stay there even longer. They literally hated us and the only question we had – why did you let us shoot here if you are not ready to cooperate anyhow? We would have found another location, it would be much easier for all of us instead of what was happening.
Anyway, this blog probably should not have been so focused on these moments, but it literally pisses me off. The best part is that we managed to finish even earlier than we were supposed to, the footage looks really nice, and we are ready for two more days of shooting – now in private apartments, thankfully.