Well, on Monday morning I got the script for the Movie that shall remain un-named here. The first step when I get a script is to do a breakdown. I need to know which scenes (or parts of scenes) take place in which locations. For example, you might have a scene that includes a phone conversation. If the entire conversation takes place in one location, (i.e. you only see one character and you either get to hear or only infer the other half of the conversation), you only have to shoot the scene once in one location. If however, you keep cutting back and forth between the two characters on the phone or show both simultaneously in a split-screen, you've got to shoot the entire scene twice, once in each of two locations.
So anyway, now I have a document that details every location (Int. SoAnSo's Apt. Includes, Kitchen, living room, master bedroom, guest bedroom, etc.), which and how many scenes will shoot there, which scenes are day and which are night, which locations will be built as a set on a soundstage, and where each location will shoot. (Most of this movie will shoot in NY, but there will be a couple of days shot in Washington D.C.)
Since we're "cheating" most of the D.C. interiors here in NY, if they're known entities like a retail store, I've got to make sure it actually exists both in NY and D.C.
So what will I be looking for?
- 4 apartments
- a college campus with admissions office, classrooms and library
- an indoor olympic sized swimming pool
- a diner
- a chinese restaurant
- two synagogues
- a medical center (with a bunch of various interiors there)
- a couple of offices
- a high-end retail outlet
- a high-end salon
- a top-of-the-line jeweler
- a cinema
- a gourmet market
- a furniture store
- a mansion for a diplomatic recpetion
- some other stuff
I suspect I'll get a few re-writes and some of these locations will get consolidated out of existence, so I'm not really concentrating on any of the small stuff yet.
I have now spent enough time pretending I'm waiting for someone to return my call and I'll get back to trying to get them to answer their phones.