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