Shoot Day 1 – Yes.
We loaded the production vehicles, filled our (reusable) coffee cups, and as a caravan of nine vehicles departed from Camden for Jefferson – our first shoot location – at 5:15 am on July 12, 2011.
A fog had descended upon what had been an otherwise gloriously sunny Maine coast, and by the time we reached our half-way point, it was pouring rain. Though we had scheduled all exterior shots, fortunately, we had prepared a solid weather contingency so we were still feeling good. The rain grew more intense, and at least in our car we were cackling with laughter because of course the first day isn’t supposed to go the way you planned.
We pulled into the driveway at the Jefferson location and began to unload, still in mind for a 7am call time to be set up and ready to block the scene. The rain had tapered off and the rolling green hills of Jefferson were blanketed in a thick mist, which slowly lifted as we got closer to call time.
We stopped for breakfast, and I have to say, Market Basket MADE the morning with a wonderful spread that the crew talked about for the rest of the day. (SO MUCH BACON. YES.)
At 7am, the mist had lifted into the perfect cloud cover for shooting film, as though mother nature had set up a giant silk just for us. Pretty soon after, you could see a patch of blue in the sky big enough to make a pair of big man’s britches, as my grandmother would say, (a tiding of good weather to her), and sure enough, the sun broke and gave us a beautiful morning sky for our first shot.
The first shot of our film “cut” at 7:45 am, exterior in Jefferson, just as planned.
Yesterday was like heaven only apparently we’re working.
It will be hard, grumpy, frustrating, and many other things before it’s over, but in that moment, it was perfect.