Here’s a behind the scenes look of my time on the Alberta set of She Has A Name as screenwriter and producer. Unit photography took place in Canada in September. In November Principal photography will take place in Thailand.
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We cast Vancouver-based actor Giovanni Mocibob as JASON a week before the shoot. Casting timelines certainly aren’t for the faint of heart. In the lead up to his arrival, we talked script, character development and nuance through Skype.
It was a pretty open set, in that we were afforded the opportunity to see shots come together on the monitor, a great privilege. By the week’s end there was a increase in chairs behind the directors and DOP who were gracious to let us have a look into their vision and their world. In this shot, Director + Producer Matt Kooman chats with Producers Shari Aspinall, Donna Abraham and DOP Bob Nguyen. Boom operator Heath West stands at attention while Lisa Jeanrichard looks on.
I like this photo, a cool look at Gio during camera tests in Number 18’s room, where much of his screen time takes place. This shot captures the beginnings of the actor taking on the role. In it Director (and Producer) Daniel Kooman is operating camera to test lighting.
Filmmaking is all about practical solutions to problems, creative problem solving and making things work. Throughout the week the script needed tweaking and adjustments as we had to face certain limitations and new opportunities that arose based on location, budget and technology. So it was fun and sometimes challenging to consult with the directors, actors and crew to ensure the script was in good shape and to keep the full storyline in perspective. To help in that regard, I created this timeline of key events.
A highlight of the production was the incredible spread of food put out every day by Nick and Marg (my parents). This was a God-send, and I think essential for any production work. Cater your food, indie filmmakers!
Wives on set! Independent filmmaking is a family affair. The Kooman brothers were lucky in that our spouses were able to join us on set. Pictured here are Christy and Petra. Alberta’s stunning fall colours were a beautiful backdrop. I wrote a scene into the script that shows ALI, JASON’s wife running, which was always a key reference for the story. And on film we can show it!
So many generous people are helping to make this film a reality. We were able to use a stunning home in Sylvan Lake as the set for JASON’s family home. Here’s a glimpse at his family, during their morning routine which provides some insight into what JASON’s life looks like beyond the clandestine world he is immersed in for the duration of the film.
Pictured here are Holly Pillsbury as ALI and real-life sisters Ariel and Keziah Rogers who play her daughters in the film.
Even when the camera’s weren’t rolling, the cameras were rolling. Here’s a light-hearted moment between the actors (Teresa Ting and Giovanni Mocibob) and crew that I love in-between rehearsals of a weighty scene.