Finally wrapped principle photography for OPEN TABLES, a film I've been Producing and Production Designing since last December.
It was something that Jack C. Newell (Director), Stephanie Dufford (Director of Photography) and myself have been scheduling in small chunks for the better part of 6 months. The script is heavily improv-oriented, told in chapters, and particularly suited to modular production. Jack and I talked extensively about how to maximize our meager resources, without costing the film integrity or production value, and I think we managed to adapt to (what proved to be) an interesting production model.
At times we were as minimal as a documentary crew, and other times had grown to a full 15+ crew with as many (or more) cast.
We had many of the limitations you'd expect from an indie production. Still, the ability to scale our crew size and resources according to the day itself, rather than planning for a behemoth 20+ day marathon shoot, was ultimately liberating. If not for our flexibility, the film could still be in development or looking for financing. It feels good to have 95% of it in the can.
I should have screen shots and more info soon. Also, there's an additional chunk of dates that I'll have to monitor from a distance, as they involve filming in Paris.
Needless to say, I'm very much looking forward to seeing this one at picture lock.