Curse of the Vampire Production Diary
by Matthew Kopelke
6.50pm. Shit! Work is boring tonight! Telemarketing is such a bad job. I
wouldn't wish this job on my worst enemy. Surely I can find something exciting
to do tonight? Might as well rearrange my drawer...
7.10pm. Hang on! Stuff the drawer! Jennifer's been on at me for days now to make
my own 6M2 - why don't I make one? Surely they can't be that hard? Now, what can
7.12pm. I know! Let's make a serious one! Well, I can't write comedy for
peanuts, but I can write a half-decent drama script - especially if it's gonna
be short. Now, how about a script about vampires...
7.45pm. I wish this shift would end - I wanna get home and write the blinking
script! Can't do that hear, or I'll loose my job! :-(
8pm. Hurrah! Off home to write a script!
8.30pm. Pft! Too tired to write it now - am going to bed.
10am. Suppose I had better write that script, eh? Nah - let's just release a
press release making us sound more advanced than we really are.
10.10am. That press release reads really well. Perhaps I'd better start writing
02.30pm. Well, I've written the first scene, and I wanna film it this Friday
night. Don't think it's possible, but here's hoping for the best!
1pm. Meet Kane and Jana at uni. Both agree to starring in the film, and
reprising their roles as Vance and Jenny. Kane points out that supposed sequel
to "Rapture" is coming out before "Rapture". Kindly tell him
to shut the fuck up. Kane promptly talks even more.
8pm. Meet Runcie and collect camera gear off him for filming. Disaster! He needs
finished script by tonight so he can learn lines! Rush home from work to finish
9pm. Meet Runcie on ICQ. Script nearing completion. Bloody hack job, and proving
to not be a vampire film at all. Ho hum.
9.30pm. Who said anything about the script being near completion? Quickly wrap
it up, dispatch to Runcie, and crawl into bed - need to get away from computer
screen before eyeballs explode.
10am. Meet friend Witold on ICQ. He offers to script edit the movie script.
Agree. He polishes it up, and sends back a slightly revised version. Forward
this script to Kane and Jana's email addresses.
12pm. Heard nothing from no one, which can only be a good thing. But are those
storm clouds a gathering outside?
1.30pm. Disaster! Jana cannot make filming tonight! Sick grandmother in
hospital! After a flurry of phonecalls and emails, decide to cancel filming.
Starts to rain outside. Heavily.
4pm. Still raining. Heavily. Thank God I was talked out of filming!
8pm. Still raining. Even more heavily. Surely it'll stop soon?
11.30pm. Rain still pouring down. See reports on ABC Online about flooding all
over South-East Queensland and Northern NSW. Am glad we didn't film.
10am. Discover insurance company's are pissed off after the amount of damage
caused in previous Friday's storm. Am *really* glad we didn't film.
12pm. Meet Kane and Jana at uni. Agree to film this Friday - no matter what
1pm. Ring Kane. Suddenly realise we don't have anyone to play vampire. What
followed was 120 minute conversation with Kane as we attempted to find a
vampire. To no success.
3.30pm. After exhausting all possible angles, decide to email Bill at work to
see if he's interested - being most unlikely person available at such short
notice, I don't hold much hope. Kane still on phoneline.
3.32pm. Get phone call from Bill on second line. He's amenable! Hurrah! We have
a vampire! Kane still on phone. Can detect faint snoring at other end of line.
4pm. Begin loading car up with all the stuff we'll need for filming. Either car
has shrunk, or we really do have too many props / costumes / technical items.
Kane is now off phone.
4.15pm. Leave my house for Kanes place.
4.30pm. Realise am very hungry - in confusion, forgot to have lunch!
4.40pm. Stop off at Red Rooster. Order two chicken rolls and large chips. Girl
serving me gives me family sized chips at large chips price. Am to hungry to
5pm. Arrive at Kane's place. After short look around filming location, we unload
car and go inside his house to watch "Rapture" dailies.
5.15pm. Wish I wasn't given family chips. Too many. Feel sick now.
"Rapture" footage proving to be a good laugh.
5.30pm. Kane and I waste time filming his scenes for no particular reason. He
isn't in costume, and no other actors are present. Gives me a chance to get used
to the camera.
6pm. Check out surrounding area to block fight scene at end. Decide nearby
Alderly train station best location.
6.30pm. Runcie arrives for filming. Still no sign of Bill, however...
6.50pm. Jana arrives. Still no sign of Bill. Ring his mobile. Just leaving now.
Idiot. :-) Decide to film opening shot of car driving past. Proves to be most
difficult shot of night - everytime we try to film shot of car driving down
always empty street, said street decides to fill with cars. Finally get the shot
7.15pm. Bill arrives. We start filming train station stuff. Runcie has panic
attack about us using a plastic gun at a public train station. Runs away to
listen to radio scanner to warn us if police are coming. Overall, footage comes
out very nicely. We even get a large audience watching us film. We bid them all
a good night, and depart. Runcie rejoins us for filming. No sign of police...
7.30pm. Start filming interior footage. All of it comes out in single takes,
except for one bit where Bill stuffed up slightly. Decide to hang onto blooper
and make available for download on the BTR site.
9pm. Finish interior scenes. Relocate for outside scenes.
9.05pm. Disaster! Battery goes flat! Bill decides to go home. We go inside,
recharge battery, and watch telly whilst we wait. "Jerry Maguire" on,
as is the football. Both are really boring.
9.30pm. Decide to risk battery integrity, and film outside scenes in as quick a
manner possible. Results in some very "The Bill"-esque camera
movements. Looks crap, but at least filming is done.
10pm. Filming finished. Am tired, and still feeling sick from eating too many
chips. Pack up, and go home.
10.30pm. Arrive home. Review footage - very nice, except stuff filmed at the
end. Have shower, and go to bed.
7am. Get out of bed. Can still taste chips in my mouth. Write posting for WFV
mailing list about previous night's adventures. State that will start editing on
7.30am. Give into temptation, and start capturing footage, and editing it.
11.30am. Have completed all basic editing and sound effects work. All I need to
do now is do music stuff. But have to go to work. Damn! :-(
7am. Start working on music. Bill, Kane, and Jana will be around soon to
record voice overs for film. Wanna have something really cool to show them.
10am. They arrive, and I show them film as it stands, complete with finished
10.10am. They love it! Quickly record voice overs.
12pm. They leave for home, and I leave for work. Again. Thankfully, this time
cannot taste chips in mouth.
8.30am. At last! The whole thing is finished. Voiceovers and all. Quickly
encode the video. Ouch. First scene looks very dark. Oh well - only an info
dump. Hopefully no one will notice.
11.30am. Email the Feds telling them where to access the files online. Hope
they like it.
11.47am. Get email from Jennifer. She loved it! Hurrah! Except she noticed the
first dark scene. Damn.
10.43am. Get email from Jennifer saying the film is officially approved!
Hurrah! Now, when do I start the next one...