Things is getting done around here.
Somehow, I’ve managed to cast a handful of kids, a mom, and a birthday boy for the birthday party scene. I even have a backyard to film in. Seth and Amy, who were extremely good sports when they allowed us into their home to film the flash back scenes of “Beacon Alley” are providing their house for the Wilmer Productions cause once more. Before this came to light, Abby and Jake offered their giant backyard, but a closer location will probably help me keep most of the kids on the project. I’d probably have to offer gas money if we filmed in Marysville, sadly. It’s too bad, too, because we were going to film this short bit where Taylor tries to walk Jake’s giant dog along with his brother’s mastiff.
I was hoping we’d be able to get filming done this Sunday and next, but it’s just not going to work. As a result, we’ll be doing minimal filming this Sunday (including a couple scenes from the final episode), the birthday party next Sunday, and the rest Monday, Aug. 17. This is on the condition that both Abby and Taylor can make it that day. RJ’s confirmed, so that’s great.
Also on the Monday, I will film what was going to be an unscripted bit, a dialogue-free showdown between Kelsey and a neighbor girl across the street, involving competing lemonade stands. It’s pretty silly. Anyway. I now have to write a script for it, because I think if we can come up with enough good visuals, it will be its own stand-alone episode. It won’t be as long as the others, but I think it could be good. Owen and I once made a short film that was a “The Good, The Bad and The Ugly” homage, between Owen and his friend Bobby, who at the time seemed to bear a decent resemblance to a young Clint Eastwood. I want to do something similar with the lemonade stands, but I need some ideas. There will obviously be cold looks exchanged that get gradually closer and closer, until we’re just seeing each girl’s eyes, but what will they draw instead of guns? Lemonade pitchers? Is someone going to end up doused in lemonade? If you have any ideas, I am all ears.
Here’s what’s on the schedule for Sunday:
Sunday, Aug. 9 – Script Five
Script 5, Scene 1, Kelsey’s Room
12 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.
Script 5, Scene 2.1, *flashback* where Kelsey rambles in interview
1 – 1:15 p.m.
Script 5, Scene 3
1:30 – 2 p.m.