This blog entry will be continuous through the time I spend with this movie production. The most current entry will be on top so that you do not have to scroll to the bottom to read/see the latest. Enjoy my bride Christi's and my journey into "The Girls Of Summer", directed by John D. Hancock and written by Tori Titmas.
August 24, 2018 — Final Day of Shooting
I do admire everyone in this production. I am glad, through watching them, that I have come closer to understanding what it takes to make a movie.
Here are some photographs from the final day of filming. I will have more for you to read at the end of this day's blog entry.
There was an energy in the air this last day of filming, like at the end of a race. Wanting to finish fast, tugging at wanting to do the job right all the way to the end. It was a celebration of endurance, a job well done, some well deserved upcoming time off, yet work is still ahead with post production.
What a beautiful evening in St. Joseph, Michigan to film a movie, as you will see from the photographs I took of the surrounding area of filming.
This evening I could feel the crew sensing the end was near. Travel arrangements being made to get back home, with thoughts of being in their own home and relaxing. For them they have spent these two months working hard on set. For me, a small fraction of that with a lot of observing how a movie is made.
Here are some photographs for you to enjoy!
August 19, 2018
One can understand when an actor needs to get in a zone in order to pull from themselves the performance they are looking for. When the actor is also the writer, doubly so.
August 12, 2018
Filming took place at Christi's hangout, Leroy's Hot Stuff in Porter, Indiana. Leroy and Christi's dad Randy (Rebel) go back a ways. Ever since I have known Christi she has had her birthday party here, along with our good friends from The Steepwater Band playing on stage each time, and as of late joined with our other good musician friends who open, Nomad Planets. Both are deep in original music, just as this movie "The Girls Of Summer".
This was a fun time. The "extras" were great, and as always everyone on set was great too. I will miss this when it is all over.
Here are some photographs from the day. Enjoy!
August 8, 2018
Photographs by Christi Bushby. Enjoy!
August 4, 2018
Rule #105: If you cannot see the camera lens glass, the camera lens glass cannot see you. Or, in a stern communication from Sarah you will hear, "WES you're in FRAME". Yes, that happened today.
August 1, 2018
Here are some photographs taken by my bride Christi. Christi enjoys everyone involved in this movie production as I do. She comes home telling me about her shoot. Her face is all lit up with joy for being part of this production.
July 29, 2018
Day 19 of 40 location was on a farm in New Carlisle. As soon as I arrived I came to the conclusion I was not getting inside the house, on set, to take photographs. Many of the crew members were outside waiting for their queue.
Nothing is ever a loss. Just a different opportunity to enjoy and create. So I photographed the crew, and the cast when they were not on set. I must say, they are a wonderful group of people. At my age I find it comforting to watch these young people experience, grow, be social, and put in a good days work. Just not any work. Their best work. I am glad they are part of my future.
July 27, 2018
Here are some photographs I took on location at Czars Bar in St. Joseph, Michigan. I hope you will enjoy them!
July 26, 2018
Photographs from my bride Christi, taken on location at Czars Bar in St. Joseph, Michigan.
July 25, 2018
Some more photographs from my bride Christi, taken at Decoy's Neighborhood Bar and Grill, located in Michigan City, Indiana. This was another chance for you to be an extra in the movie!
July 22, 2018
Dirty White Couch Studio in Niles, Michigan. That is where this journey took me. It was a tight squeeze, so I did not spend a lot of time inside.
July 15, 2018
I must say, observing the team get it together was a wonderful sight. Communication was the most obvious and most important aspect that I came away with. The crew and cast were so very professional and on their game. One little blip over half way through the day to cut the music happened. Other than that, everything seemed pitch perfect if you will.
The LaPorte Jaysees 4th of July parade in LaPorte is billed as one of Indiana's largest parades, if not The largest parade of the state having a 2.5 mile route from East to West side of LaPorte. One-hundred fifteen floats were involved. "The Girls Of Summer" participated with their float number 105.
The temperature started about 85, and rose to 89 by the time the parade began to move. Being on a blacktop road it felt more like 94 or more, especially in the sun. I had to set a goal, given my health, that I would walk in the parade at least to the court house while taking photographs of the cast and crew. As it turned out I almost made it. I had to stop at Clay Street, only 0.68 miles into the parade. It was too hot for Christi so she was in the car keeping up with us on the side streets (for me) as best she could. After she picked me up we went to mom's house (Christi's mom) for a while to rest, then we came back to catch the float at the end of the parade.
Here are some photographs . . .