Sunday, August 15, 2010

Day 17

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Day 17 was a fairly easy day. We pushed a scene from the previous day (Day 16) due to weather conditions. So the final day (half day if you could even call it that) was used to shoot the final scene of principal photography, which actually happened to be the opening scene of the film! And after about an hour, we wrapped that scene. We also wrapped Allison Swanson on Day 17.

So, in an unreal 17 days (when in reality only about 15 days, since four were half days, we shot a feature film)! This doesn't really come into perspective until we note that we had put about 2 1/2 years into the process before a single day of shooting (which many of you are aware of).

I don't think it has still become a reality for me that this film is in the can, but that was a wonderful feeling saying those words, and for the last time "That's a wrap for Lambent Fuse". Looking in hindsight, we should have taken video of that. Oh well, we'll save that for the next film.

And for now, I'm off to the editing stage... where I'm sure to post updates, so stay tuned!

Saturday, August 14, 2010

Day 16

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Day 16 had us waking up at 3AM and shooting at 4AM. We had an early start at Go for it Gas in Brooklyn Park (a wonderful location and place to buy gas :) ). These guys were awesome as well! (A side note: we really had the best locations and hosts that we could have ever asked for. So thank you!)

The morning got off to a quick start, and we only had 2-3 hours to fit about 5 highly choreographed and dialogue driven scenes into. And we pushed hard and wrapped in time to head outdoors and shoot an additional 5 pages.

After we wrapped with the outdoors, we broke for an early lunch (11AM), and some talent and crew took a nap until the next call. We wrapped Keith Malone (Nick Hansen) and Vincent Becker (Dan Eckman-Thomas) on Day 16.

Day 16 was also day 1 of 2 of pickups. These pickups also included a trick shot and a scene with some extras. We sent out notices on Facebook for anyone college-aged to come and be a part of the scene. We had a very good showing and it was wonderful to involve the community once again! Our main goal, and it continues to be this, is to involve the community in the filmmaking process and integrate the Minnesota art community (as well as the world's if we can). For more information on this goal and other verbiage about the film and makers, please read our packets: http://www.lambentfuse.com/Donate.

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§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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LAMBENT FUSE on KVSC 88.1 FM

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Tune in to KVSC 88.1 FM radio this Wednesday, August 18, 2010 from 12:15pm - 1:00pm to listen to the writers of LAMBENT FUSE talk about the film! Joining the writers will be actor Dan Eckman-Thomas (Vincent Becker).

They will also likely be speaking on ‘The Blaze’ and what it’s all about!

You can also listen to it on the web via this link: http://www.kvsc.org/ 

For more information check out and share the Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/event.php?eid=142388019129065&ref=ts




Friday, August 13, 2010

Day 15

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Day 15 was one of the longest call sheets we've ever seen. In case you're unaware of what a call sheet is, it's basically a piece of paper that contains all the information all called (asked to be on set) talent and crew need. Start times, Locations, Scenes, Makeup times, etc. The reason it was so long was that we were shooting about 30 scenes and called about 10 more actors (extras/speaking roles) than we normally have on set. More talent means we needed some extra hands on set.

This was the second time we went up to the Police Station in Buffalo, MN to finish another whole day of shooting. It was also the last full day of shooting for the film. Being the second time, we set up a car pool situation that worked out fairly well, allowing talent and crew an option to save time and money. And we were being green, something we felt was important from the start and made sure to keep practicing (with recycling options on location when traveling and on set).

The day had us choreographing another trick shot and complicated outdoor setup. Once again the officers were very kind and willing to help out with anything. We wrapped Lt. Phillip Richter (Matthew Feeney) on Day 15.  We began at about 10AM and wrapped at about 7PM to head back for some pickups at Allison's Apartment. This was one of the most intense days yet, filming almost every minute of those hours, knocking out 12 pages (in about 7 hours not including lunch or dinner).


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§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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Thursday, August 12, 2010

Day 14

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Day 14 was the first of two days at the Police Station, where Lt. Phillip Richter (Matthew Feeney) works. The police station we shot at was located in Buffalo, MN and they were absolutely wonderful to the cast and crew. The officers were very accommodating and helped us all along the way. It was a bit of a drive out of the Twin Cities, but after arriving we shot a few set ups both in and outside of the station.

After a few scenes, we saw how quickly we were moving and decided to wrap the day's filming at this location before lunch (and wrapped an entire two hours early).

After heading back into the cities, we called for a couple quick pickups in the evening and late night. This marked the first and second main characters wrapped for the film in two different scenes: Freddie Goone (Rhett Romsaas), and Paul Dobbler (Eric Hansen), both on Day 14. Go ahead and watch the last shot with Freddie Goone below. This day was fairly light compared to a few of the previous, however the Cast & Crew worked just as hard throughout!





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§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Day 13

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Day 13 or Lucky # 13 as they say. We recreated another scene from something most of you may be familiar with. Once again, Everyday People Clothing Exchange were wonderful to us. The consignment shop was an instant win for the writers when thinking about a place where Allison works. We invited a few extras and some smaller speaking roles to the location that morning to share the space with us. Once again we were wrapping ahead of schedule and working quickly, obtaining many of the similar stylistic shots as in the Allison Swanson Character Trailer. The feel of the place was very important to us, and we spent a good amount of time allowing for that to come out more fully than the trailer even did.

Afterward, we broke for lunch and headed back to Allison's Apartment to continue with scenes with her and Freddie. These were fairly quick and beautifully shot by the Director of Photography (Zachary Nelson) (check out the production still below!).

Then we headed out to shoot a few scenes with Paul Dobbler (Eric Hanson). The place took a while to set up. We had to dress his room and kitchen with some artifacts. It looked really nice and Dobbler of course was happy. All in all, it was a very efficient day.



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§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Day 12

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Day 12 was quite the packed day for the film. We started at 9 in the morning and headed over to location to do pickups from a the prior week that we weren't able to get (due to another tightly packed day). Luckily the sun was at the same angle in the sky (we timed it just right with the schedule) and carried about the same intensity as the previous clear sky day.

The day was mainly filled again with scenes of Allison Swanson (Heidi Fellner) and Freddie Goone (Rhett Romsaas) (almost 100% of the day's shoot were with just those two characters). However, the rest was with Freddie's sister, Emily Goone (Jennifer Mergen), a much anticipated fun shoot day.

All three actors came packed with energy, as did the crew. The day had us choreographing another trick shot, which we're very excited to share once the film has been completed. After several of these scenes, we broke for dinner and came back later in the night, where we invited a few wonderful extras to the night's shoot. We quickly fit in a pickup just before leaving, which had us running a little behind, but the speed quickened as the night sailed along and we wrapped before 1AM.


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§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Day 11

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On Day 11 we reshot some scenes from our 17-hour day earlier this week, because we decided the style wasn't quite Keith and Becker enough. We have to admit this added time dedicated to shooting these scenes allowed the characters and cinematography to further develop.

On the weather end, however, we were tested physically. The day's temperature and heat index rose to well over 100 degrees, yet we pushed through in closed apartments, sun beating in on us. We made sure to drink lots of water and take breaks throughout the day (which also increased the time spent on location).

Then we moved downtown to Wells Fargo Place in the evening to shoot a scene many of you are familiar with. We ended up holding off until dark, because we had arrived a tad earlier than we planned.

However, over the entire day we shot almost 10 pages of the script. Once again, a very large accomplishment and one that pushes us closer to wrapping the film.

We ended up making a scene list of all the scenes left to shoot to 78. Which (little fact here), there are 160 scenes in the screenplay of Lambent Fuse (not including revised and added scenes, which are named with Letter Suffix like 6A, 6B). This was wonderful news, as it meant that the Lambent Fuse Cast and Crew had hit and passed the halfway mark when starting Day 12 shoot!


Thanks for reading,
§ Matt Cici
Director/Co-writer of Lambent Fuse
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