Film Opening | Shooting Day

We shot the entire opening on April 2nd using three locations: my apartment for the kitchen scene and a hotel for the bedroom and bar. Special thanks to Hotel Topaz Cluj-Napoca for allowing us to film on the premises.

Our set photographer was my colleague Ana‘s mom.

Our main prop, the central theme of our movie, although only making a 3-second appearance in the opening.

Re-reading the script with Ana, preparing to start shooting. We started with the kitchen scene and then left for the hotel.

This made us feel really professional but also helped me sync the audio from the external mic in post.

No one told me that re-toasting bread causes it to produce thick white smoke.

Camera rolling. I used headphones to monitor the sound recorded by the external microphone.

Trying to decide how to frame a panning shot in a somewhat tight room. We used an ultra-wide angle lens (10-24 mm) to be able to get everything in the frame.

The hotel room.

Setting up the clock was probably the most difficult thing I’ve done that day.

We couldn’t hang the cork board on the wall. It looks good on this coffee table and fits well with the panning shot it appears in.

The window on the left didn’t have any curtains and it wasn’t really 5:59 AM (as the alarm clock showed), so we had to improvise.

This is the first shot of the film.

We’re no Hollywood crew.

Setting up for the aerial shot. Again, the wide angle lens was really helpful.

Throughout the day, Ana used a clipper board to help with syncing. For this shot, I hopped on a chair and set the tripod on a table. This was as high as we could get.

Prepping for yet another panning shot, using a rubber band to get as smooth a motion as possible.

We thought it would be tricky to keep the camera from showing up in the mirror for this over-the-shoulder shot, but it wasn’t that difficult after all.

Possibly the trickiest shot in the entire opening, this required both tilting and panning at the same time. Some smoothening in post was needed, but the shot turned out well.

The bartender wasn’t an actor, so I had to explain what he had to do. He was happy to help and he played his part well.

I got behind a bar for the first time ever, because this allowed me to get a good shot of both the bartender and the actor walking into the bar.

The final shot, the character with his drink.

All in all, we had a lot of fun shooting and the actor (actually a director himself) did great! See a raw edit of the opening in my next post.