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Production diaries!

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We did it! This post has been a little bit slow in arriving, as we're all in a state of recovery. Let us get you up to speed. (For those of who want more pictures, check out the behind-the-scenes album on our facebook page. All photos courtesy of Ivor Earp-Jones.)

Day 1 - Troy's house

The shoot started on Thursday 4 December, with a mid-morning call at our Miramar location, which was the set for the exterior of Troy's house. The first scene we shot was the first scene of the film. It was a lovely sunny morning and the team coffee-ed up and got on with it.

The crew shooting our first shot, looking across the road to Troy's house.
The crew shooting our first shot, looking across the road to Troy's house.

After finishing up in Miramar, we loaded up cars and vans, and headed to Lyall Bay, where the interior of Troy's house was (that's movie magic, folks). Here we shot a couple of key scenes with Jack, our wonderful lead actor, and got the dolly and tracks out for a spin.

Preparing to film Troy (Jack Sergent-Shadbolt) in his kitchen.
Preparing to film Troy (Jack Sergent-Shadbolt) in his kitchen.

After we finished in Lyall Bay, we headed back to our Miramar location to shoot a night-time sequence. By then, our lovely sunny day had turned rainy so we wrapped things up pretty quickly and headed home for a well-deserved rest.

Day 2 - Avalon Studios

On Friday morning we all shipped out to the Hutt Valley for a day of filming office interiors, where Troy does the rounds of his vending machines. This was a tough but fun day, which involved bringing the (very large, heavy, bulky) vending machine into the building, filling it with goodies, lighting it, and then shifting it at least four times. In addition to this, we had a number of scenes involving extras, a couple of technical considerations and a few complicated set-ups. So we had a lot of people around and a lot of logistics to consider!

Troy in his natural habitat.
Troy in his natural habitat.

You may recall from our kickstarter video that we had another actor involved, Paul Craze. We filmed his scene on day 2 as well, but - as we said in the video - it's a spoiler so we won't say anything else about that, other than Paul is fantastic and we loved working with him.

Day 3 - Wellington CBD

Saturday dawned cold and a little drizzly (of course, since we were spending most of the day outside!) In the CBD we focussed mostly on office exteriors, seeing Troy arrive at various locations to unload his van. Being December, we had a lot of curious Christmas shoppers around but it all went pretty smoothly.

Rehearsing a scene on Lambton Quay.
Rehearsing a scene on Lambton Quay.

After leaving Lambton Quay, we headed to one final office location to finish things up. After a massive team effort to move the vending machine into one final spot, we shot our final scenes, wrapped, and happily retired with a few cold beverages.

Vending machine wrangling: it's an art form.
Vending machine wrangling: it's an art form.

So there you have it, folks! All that's left to do now is everything else. 

Thank you so much, as ever, for your financial, moral, and any other kind of support you have offered! This film would not exist as it does without your generous backing. We will continue to keep you updated as we head into post-production. And of course we will be in touch with those of you who requested rewards in the new year!

Happy holidays everyone, and all the best for 2015. May the season bring you happiness, yummy treats and the correct change with which to purchase them ;)

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