Filming Day

      I am thankful to say that yesterday went incredibly smooth and that we have officially filmed everything needed for our short film – yes, in one day! I am calling it our own little miracle. Thanks to our wonderful actors, great weather, and great scheduling, our film was able to come together piece by piece right in front of our eyes.

Here’s a recap:

      First off, we shot our opening scenes in the Coconut Grove Station and by a stroke of luck, one of the trains was on stuck at the station. We quickly boarded and shot our “In The Train Scene” on the stationary train so we wouldn’t have to worry about falling over (a bumpy ride is a guarantee on the Miami Metrorail). We were slightly behind schedule, but nothing major. Afterwards, we headed to Government Center, the main transportation hub for downtown miami.

      While there, Alberto; our lead actor, decided that it would be a better idea to film at the 5th street station first. I advised the group not to do so, and to just stick to the schedule, but at the end I gave in. I consider that my largest flaw of the day, because I had already known that the lighting would be too intense to shoot at 5th Street Station this early. Needless to say, we wasted about 2 hours and produced nothing usable from our little scheduling deviation. Although we were behind, I had to accept the fact that we were all hungry and in need of food. So, we got back on the metro mover and got off at the Bayfront Park Station (where we should have originally been 2 hours ago).

      We took a quick lunch at a greek place across the street and got to work. Bayfront park scenes were shot quickly and painlessly. The same goes for museum park, which we did afterwards. We were making good time, but nonetheless were still behind schedule. Afterwards, we hopped back onto the Metromover and shot some last minute footage (Ariel had come up with a brilliant idea at the last minute) for the intro and outro of the Dream Sequence.

      Finally, back to 5th Street Station. The lighting seemed just right (although I must admit, it did come out a bit darker than expected). We shot the cat and mouse scene under the platform, and the Finale on the platform itself. That proved to be tough because of the inability to cross to the other side without going downstairs first. Also, trains coming in and out of the station ruined many of our shots. Thankfully though, after just a few shots we had done it! And so, we moved on to our final location: Riverwalk Trail. First, we made a quick coffee break pitstop at a hotel (that kicked us out once they realized that we weren’t guests). Afterwards, we got on to shooting our last scene. Less than 2 shots in, we found a perfect one. We were finally done! After getting everyone home safely, I can honestly say that we accomplished a lot and had a successful filming day!

Here Are Some Images From Today

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Our Plan

     As designated Location Scouter and Scheduling Manager, it is my duty to ensure that everything runs smoothly on filming day. This task is particularly difficult because of the availability of our actors. Our original plan involved 2 filming days. However, our Female lead, Aileen, has a tough mother and is not allowed to attend more than one filming day. Last week we intended to get filming out of the way, but Aileen was ill in the hospital so we had to use Lilybeth as a backup dancer. Needless to say, that was a disaster and a complete loss of a day. We are rescheduling for next week with Aileen. In order to alleviate the scheduling situation, I have compiled a rough schedule on what shots need to get done and how much time we should allow for each.

The Cadenza Plan:

  • 9:15 AM: We all meet at JCP Parking lot @ Dadeland Mall (Dadeland North Station)
  • 9:15 – 10:00 AM: Do makeup, walk to train, buy tickets, change, get organized, etc..
  • 10:00 – 10:15 AM: Hop on train towards Coconut Grove Station
  • 10:15 – 11:00 AM: Shoot (Scene 1) Opening in Metro Station @ Coconut Grove Station
  • 11:00 – 11:45 AM: Get back on train and shoot (Scene 2) Inside Train scene
  • 11:45 – 12:15 PM: Get to Government Center and Transfer to metro mover. Get to Museum Park.
  • 12:15 – 1:00 PM: Shoot (Scene 6) Running towards her scene @ Museum Park
  • 1:00 – 1:15 PM: Hop on metro mover and get to Bayfront Park
  • 1:15 – 2:00 PM: LUNCH ❤ @ TBD
  • 2:00 – 2:45 PM: Shoot (Scene 4) Miami Scene @ Bayfront Park
  • 2:45 – 3:15 PM: Hop on Metromover towards 5th Street Station (Brickell Loop)
  • 3:15 – 4:00 PM: Shoot (Scene 3) Cat and Mouse Sequence @ 5th Street Station
  • 4:00 – 4:45 PM: Shoot (Scene 7) Finale @ 5th Street Station
  • 4:45 – 5:15 PM Water break/ costume change
  • 5:15 – 5:30 PM: Hop On Metromover towards Riverwalk Station
  • 5:30 – 6:30 PM: Shoot (Scene 5)  Dream Sequence @ Miami Riverwalk Trail
  • FINISHED

         In addition to making the schedule, I have been assigned with the task to ensure that all of our transportation needs are met. I am the only one in the group with a car, so needless to say I very well know that I will be providing many rides to and from Dadeland Mall (Dadeland North Station). However, I do not plan to take my car downtown. Instead, I have decided that our best mode of transportation will be a combination of the Miami Metrorail and Miami Metromover Systems (Shown below).

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      Given that a decent chunk of our film takes place in the metro system, and the fact that most of our locations are within very close proximities of a station, I have used both timing and the map to create a step by step schedule of what stations to get off on. It is shown within the schedule above.

Outline

Here is the proposed outline our group has come up with. We have worked intensely to coordinate each scene with a different location (as per Ariel’s request).

  • (Scene 1) Opening in Metro Station – Coconut Grove Station
  • (Scene 2) Inside Train –  Shot in the back of a train
  • (Scene 3) Cat and Mouse Sequence – 5th Street Station
  • (Scene 4) Miami Scene – Bayfront Park
  • (Scene 5) – Dream Sequence – Riverwalk
  • (Scene 6) Running towards her scene – Museum Park
  • (Scene 7) Finale – 5th Street Station

 

Location Scouting

     As chief Location scouter, it is my duty to find locations suitable for our short film. Being in miami, there is no lack of beautiful places to set the film.  However, the primary filming locations must be meticulously picked due to overcrowding, weather, lighting, background aesthetic, etc… In addition, each location must be easily accessible through the Miami Metrorail or the Miami Metromover systems. Below is a Map depicting all the locations I have come up with.

 

Here are some photos taken while location scouting with Ariel:

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As can be seen, all the locations provide ample space, great lighting, minimal crowding, and a decent background aesthetic.

Storyboard

       In preparation for the weeks to come, Ariel and I have sat down and come up with the basic rough Storyboard (shown below) of what we’d like our film to consist of. We’d like 8 long and continuous shots with minimal cutting involved. The musical will revolve around music rather than actual singing.

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Jobs/Scheduling

Job Assignments

  • Ariel Cipolla– Writer, Director, Mise-en-Scene Manager
  • Steven Tapanes – Location Scouter, Scheduling Manager, Editor, Art Director
  • Lilybeth Fernandez – Promotion Manager, Costuming
  • Janeline Sierra – Assistant

Production Schedule

  • Music Production & Website Creation – 2/15 ~ 2/28
  • Storyboarding – 3/01 ~ 3/15
  • Casting – 3/18 ~ 3/20
  • Location Scouting – 3/22 ~ 3/26
  • Costuming – 4/02
  • Rehearsals – 4/03 ~ 4/08
  • Filming – 4/10 ~ 4/12
  • Editing & Exporting – 4/13 ~ 4/16

Influences

       After much thought, our group has concluded that there will be 3 main influences that will be used to inspire the creation of Cadenza. 

  1. Vincente Minelli’s Technique:

    Minelli has a special spot in the world of musicals. His pieces inspired new musicals like La La Land and have been awarded several honors. His technique mostly involves long and steady shots that move in the general direction of the actor.

  2. Gene Kelly’s Choreography:

    Gene Kelly is notorious for his stylistic approach to choreography. His style is meant to harmonize with camera movement and is brought together through the beat of the music. Gene Kelly’s style is most notorious for portraying emotion through dance.

  3. An American In Paris: 

    The film overall is a great example of how we’d like to portray our film. The choreography of the film is a great example of the Gene Kelly Style and the look of the film is a general idea of what we have imagined for our own film to look like.