It’s been an interesting few day’s shooting Gee (Carlo’s video blog to his mom in London) – as we’ve told passers by who ask us questions, “this is for our friend because his mom can’t travel to Beijing she want’s to know what it’s like”. Thankfully our camera looks like an iphone but the quality we’re getting out of it is quite amazing, ah technology and the advances it’s made since my first short movie on a JVC VHS “Cam Corder” in the 1980’s. Anyway, given the current situation around this area we’ve stripped our crew to the bare minimum during outside street shots but keep the full crew when we’re in interior locations. We’ve had a couple of people drop out but the best of them have stayed with us 🙂 There’s just the 4 of us in the Camera/Tech/Director’s department and then about 10 in the Production department, I think the ratio of boys to girls is the same, with the girls in majority – yeah Cannes!!! take that.
So, still a bit too tired to blog anything meaningful or sarcastic, instead I’ll write down a few real quotes that our crew members have uttered during these first day’s of shooting.
The idea was always to blog about the experience of making the movie … but … it’s been one mess of a clusterfuck after the other and I haven’t had the time to do anything outside of these first four day’s of shooting of which only today felt really like the first day. By that I mean it was the first day I felt we actually shot anything that is worth watching on the big screen, but that’s at least a good sign, only 4 day’s in and I think we’ll only get better. Which translates, I think the movie will be more than half decent. I think we’re on to something. But I’m too tired now, so I’ll leave you with some pictures from set … next time I can blog is the next time the schedule didn’t run 10 hours over or we had a good day etc. Some funny stories from set (of course) but who gives a shit about that now? Gone to sleep.
Gee (formerly known as Gary) now known as SANLITUN. We’ve finally decided on a name for our movie and are happy with the name SANLITUN. Sanlitun is the main expat area of Beijing, but at the same time this area remains quite Chinese and could be called the only melting pot in the city, where both cultures blend into one. So, it’s apt for our film.
We’ve gathered together a crew that is perhaps not high on experience but they are certainly high on enthusiasm and that’s what counts … with these people on board I’m sure we’ll have a great adventure in making SANLITUN a reality.
As a part of preparations for their role in the upcoming movie SANLITUN (formerly Gee). Ai Wan and Carlos Ottery, who play ex husband and wife, decided to go out on a date. Ai Wan got to choose their destination first and took Carlos to her glamour world, a Jean Paul Gaultier fashion show, as the picture shows – our man Carlos was a bit out of place (bottom picture). He later took Ai Wan to his side of town … bars such as Pure Girl, Bar Mongolia and The Den, no pictures available from that part of the evening. Apparently the experiment was a success and they now feel like a bickering ex married couple.