Today’s scene takes place in Kotomi’s apartment.
It’s a night scene but we filmed it with the “crushing” technique. Crushing is done by covering up daylight and changing the aperture of the video camera, allowing for shooting night scenes in midday. It was such a tiny, tiny place that I could smell a good scent of someone’s leg. When I used the clackers I was in the closet like Doraemon.
In today’s scene Kotomi starts a conversation with Hongo while opening a bag of snacks and throwing a roll of toilet paper. Whenever an actor misread the script or the director said “once more time!” the filming crew had to hand them a new bag of snacks, roll up the toilet paper to its original state and hand it back to the actor.
When there are many NG (note: No Good, outtake, blooper) scenes and only one prop is left, our hearts are racing, thinking “please, let’s get it right this time!” and wait for the camera to start shooting again.
After the indoor shoot we prepare for the outdoor shoot. Unlike the indoor shot we can’t crush this shot so we waited for the sun to go down and then shot. Basically waiting for the night. Since the indoor shot was completed, the props and decorations are taken down. We called the other staff to help out and to take everything back with the transportation group.
Although the staff all like being in one place, we don’t work slowly. We concentrate on the job at hand to cut unnecessary time. After that day’s duties, that’s when the staff can freely communicate to each other. First we talk to our superiors in our respective groups, then people from other groups whilst keeping an eye on the director and eating snacks that the production crew gave us… It’s basically break time for the staff.
[Translated by Pal. Originally posted on 9/28/2007 @ Kamen Rider THE NEXT Official Blog]