Jul 10

A weird thing happened the other day.

We had scouted our location for shooting the latest 416film.com short, Penny Saved.

Two weeks before shooting…our location was fenced off and under construction.

This is a problem with being independent and broke. We have no permits, no knowledge and we shoot with what is available.

However, I remember the adage…the show must go on. We had already bumped our shoot dates (had we not, maybe our location wouldn’t be under construction).

So we did whatever we could in this situation. Hopped fences, snuck a Value Village shopping cart over the fences and got all our major exterior hobo sequences shot. Everyone is in pain, bruised, bumped, jostled and yet, very little ego, very little anger and a full shoot day in sweaty weather…

Raiders of the Lost Ark with a Shopping Cart

The following day we wrapped the final opening and exterior scenes with Neil in hobo mode before relocating down to our Hock Shop location cheerfully open and donated by the Hock N’ Shop on Queen Street East (plug, plug).

Friend and first time 416er Stacey Iseman joined the crew and wrapped our shoot weekend within an hour and a half. Hit the marks and hit the lines.
We still have a few scenes to shoot, some effects to do.
So…with our track record…somethin to peruse by 2015.
Call it, done.

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Jul 1

Pat and Eric are impressed by the costume selection

A week away from shooting.
Locations nailed down and after a possible slight rewrite of the short we might be ready to go on our latest 416film Penny Saved.

Spent a couple hours with Eric Myles, Pamela Tophen and Pat Williamson hitting the ever reliable Value Village for our costumes. Pat in his always charming way managed to get us a 15% Canada Day discount on our clothing. Then we briefly perused the pawn shop location (Shameless Promotion: The Hock N Shop at 1608 Queen St. E, be nice to them) and perused the outdoor site where our homeless characters reside. The location is under construction but with some possible minor changes to the script we plan to go ahead with our shoot next weekend.

As always, excitement abounds.

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May 19

416film Penny Saved

We had a plan and have managed to avoid following almost every single step of it.

Eric, Sandy (joining us as cinematographer for the first time) and I wandered out to scout some possible locations for this shoot.

UPDATE: Since scouting this location we have discovered it is now under construction…however, we figure we can work around it and get the shots we need, so fingers crossed and wish us luck!

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