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The Puppet Show (Day 2)

Two weekends ago, I was on a sound stage at USC helping out with a student film as a puppeteer. This past Saturday, I was once again helping out. Last time, we filmed the close-ups of the puppets so it was mostly me doing the puppeteering. This time, we filmed the wider shots, so it was mostly the actors Matt and Jen doing the puppeteering while I gave suggestions and assisted if I could do so while remaining invisible. I thought they did great on their own and my inputs were not all that necessary for today.

In addition to the producer Dave, director Michael, and Director of Photography Nicole, this time we also had Leonard helping out with the lighting. When it came to lunch time, Dave, who was running the sound, went to take care of lunch. So Leonard took over the boom. Since Leonard was also in charge of the slate earlier, I just stepped in and assumed that duty. I figured I might as well take over since I was only giving suggestions instead of actually puppeteering at this point. Putting the slate into the shot and saying “scene 2A, take 1” was actually pretty fun for me.

I was also doing some puppet wrangling. In one of the shot, a part of the puppet was supposed to be pulled off. So this involved me sewing it on loosely (without knotting) and pulling it off during a slow-mo close-up. We did a few takes so I ended up performing it, sat down to sew, and then repeated that a few times.

The best part of the day? Of course, it was when Michael accidentally knocked over his bottle and got water all over Nicole’s face during lunch in front of all the performers. You might be thinking, how awful of me to say that. Of course, it was only a funny moment because Nicole was a really good sport. The teasing ensued and we all had a good laugh. (This would’ve been all very different if she were a diva.) And she proceeded to call it the best memory of the shoot so far on Facebook.

So that was it for me. The rest of them got one more day to shoot on location, and there would be lots of ADR to do for them, but my work here was done. I am just going to wait till they finish the film. It should be fun to watch. :-)

(Photo courtesy of David Lee)


  1. April 15th, 2010 | 1:01 am

    “It should be fun to watch” true :)

    marinela x

  2. April 16th, 2010 | 12:19 am

    I saw some of the dailies without audio and that was fun to watch already! 😀

  3. Na
    April 18th, 2010 | 2:17 am

    Sounds good! Hope we get to see a clip (hint hint)!

  4. April 20th, 2010 | 2:05 am

    It should be done sometime in May. I’ll see when I get a copy.

  5. Na
    April 20th, 2010 | 2:37 am

    That would be great. The idea sounds very interesting, so a clip would be cool :)

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