Ironically, the least friendly people I have met in wonderful Montreal so far have been inside a church. I was scouring the messy tables of a charity flea market at St. Something's Chapel this rainy afternoon, looking for cheap, old office equipment that would be appropriate for our set, hoping to do so in time to make it back around the block to the Metro station before the rain got angry on me. Nearly all of the production crew spent today finding the right furniture, lighting, paint, and décor to suit our tiny room at the bottom of St. Something-Else (not to cheapen it, it's a gorgeous church), now the location of our one-room, one-woman prison of a set. An essential set piece remains to be installed, requiring a bit of minor construction work, but it's nothing too intense for our crew! If we can weather the weather, we can build a building.
Tomorrow is the first on-set dress rehearsal. Having seen Inka in costume for the leading role of Berta, it's incredibly exciting! An inanimate being who has dwelled only inside my head for so long is now a living, breathing woman...with all of her lines memorized.
We are all so happy to see the necessities come together, and it has been a scramble, but very much worth it. Of course, it's no time to celebrate: the most intense work is about to begin!
As a screenwriter, I was shocked to not only be invited into the production team, but be embraced by it. I may even take on an offscreen role, given the lack of native English speakers here (and my excessive natural talent, obviously). I've heard shame stories of someone pointing out the film's author and asking "Who is this? Oh, the screenwriter? Why is he here?" But this is truly a filmmaking experience that is not only hard-working and (eventually) effective, but fun. Director Joe Berger eradicates any source of negative energy or bad vibes in the team and does it with a smile. Not like a sociopath, but like a dedicated professional who is also friendly and human.
Oh, and I have to take a moment to thank the staff of Kino00 (find them on Facebook), whose assistance, equipment, wonderful meals and central heating make this experience much easier on all of us and allow us to focus on the hard work. Speaking of which....
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--André Rios (Screenwriter, Producer, Set Decoration Assistant, Language Coach, Voice Actor, obsessed with my titles)