Purgatory: DONE! (almost)

“Beware; for when you gaze long into the bottomless cup of coffee, the bottomless coffee cup gazes also into you.”

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As I write this, it has been 13.5 hours since we wrapped shooting of Purgatory at the Ever Open Café (a wonderful place, I might add, not only because they let us in but because they have good food and friendly service and free wi-fi. Go eat there! Take all your friends! Tell them the crazy late-night filmmakers sent you!)

It was a long-stressful night and I’m not quite sure where to begin, except to say that we got there at 11:00 at night and we had completed our shooting by 3:45, 15 minutes ahead of schedule! That’s never happened to me before, not just on this film but ANY film! It’s a miracle that we were able to get a location at all, but we also had some wonderful and cooperative extras who, although they had no sense of rhythm and acted like a herd of cattle with lobotomies, were well-intentioned and cheerful all night and tolerated my ill-tempered squalling.

Leo was great and Odin was great and Nietzsche was great and had a quite convincing costume (I’m just now reading the package the mustache came in and it says it was made of 100% human hair…that’s kind of creepy). The lighting was tough but we made it work, and we still have to shoot Purgatory exteriors (maybe at Ever Open, or maybe somewhere else).

I would like to let all of you who participated know that I’m planning on blocking out my memories of all the negative energy I was feeling and pretend that it was the most fun I’ve ever had shooting anything. That may actually be the truth. It was at least an adventure, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat (but next time Parker gets to do my job and I get to do Parker’s). Thank you all for a fantastic shoot, and you can expect a vodcast on this subject in the near future.

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“In heaven we all wish to dwell,
But this place ain’t as bad as hell.
The blender may not work at all,
But still at least the pancakes sell!”

10 thoughts on “Purgatory: DONE! (almost)

  1. It was a lot of fun. There was a lot of negativity, but I was enjoying myself (except for being pestered by Katie on occasion). I think practice would have been good, but I know there is no way we would have stayed any later.
    I was really entertained by the antics of Sean and Vynni. Also, many of the customers were facinating. I hope you got “We just won a wet t-shirt contest!” on film, though there would be release issues.

  2. Since the light reflections show only the lights (not the stands) they’re not a problem, and I kind of like them. They look like little floating avatars over Nietzsche’s and Leo’s shoulders.

    And unfortunately I didn’t get the wet t-shirt remark on camera. Unfortunately. But the rushes look really good. Really good. Like almost as good as the way I was envisioning the scene in my head (which is rare); maybe even better.

  3. So… That’s great. Ya know what would be greater? The DVD of Wholesale Souls… Yeah…
    Seriously though, I’m really impressed with the progress you’ve made, and I feel bad that I haven’t been able to help out (sleep + work = Greg being tired a lot but having no time)

    Woot! Here’s to moose.

  4. Ohh… you’ll get your precious vodcast. But first I have to successfully get up at 4:00 in the morning, wash the stench of cow out of my hair and fly from Syracuse, New York to Chicago, then Houston and finally to Denver. Without bringing any liquids on the plane and getting shot. (I’m 70% water… is this going to be a problem?)

    Anyway, pray for me lots and when the worst is over I’ll make you a nice little hand-crafted vodcast with a pretty red ribbon and lots of inane commentary.


  5. Oh, goodie! I am looking forward to anything you have to throw at me from Terminal Philosophy. (Not to mention ACTUALLY releasing Wholesale Souls, and maybe showing it somewhere.)

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