Okay, so, here’s another behind the scenes little tidbit for all of you.
As a producer, one of my biggest pet peeves when I watch a film is the inconsistency of props or a lack of “continuity” as we call it. This can happen in so many ways. One angle shows the glass half empty, the other angle shows the glass full, another angle doesn’t have the glass at all. Ties disappearing, Hair parts moving, jackets being removed and then put back on… all of these things can take you out of the “reality” of a picture.
As any producer/director and of course, continuity person, knows, one of the hardest things to keep track of are clocks and watches. Why? Well, because most of those clocks and watches aren’t actually running and when/if they are, a scene that looks like it lasts 30 seconds, can actually take a full day to shoot. So, you have to keep good track of those pesky time keepers. Sometimes, DP’s and Director’s can help by strategically framing those buggers out of the shots or not focusing on them at all. Other times, however, those poor continuity people have to keep a watchful eye in real or “reel” time in order to make certain that the time lapse in the scene matches the time lapse on the clock.
Of course, in my opinion, the best solution is, unless it is integral to the story or a location where it just needs to be there, is to remove clocks and watches altogether. Or just not focus in on them.
In Walt, we had a pesky wall clock (as you’ll see below) that kept getting framed in the shot. Director, Khoa Le, had so many other things to pay attention to that he didn’t pay it much mind. However, behind the scenes, I went over and changed the clock myself (unbeknown to most) a couple of time or had our set dressers keep a watchful eye. The result is, the clocks are never a distraction in our film. As a matter of fact, you really don’t notice them at all.
So, come to think of it, perhaps Khoa and Ian (our DP) paid more attention to them than I might have thought. So, good job boys and great job to our Art team and set dressers. You guys did a great job.
Our little film comes out August 3rd and we’ll continue to keep riding the wave of our upcoming screenings. Next stop Washington area’s AMC Georgetown Theater. I’ll let you know how it goes. I’m Frank and thanks for reading.