Last Day of Prep

For the last two weeks I’ve been prepping our Story of a Girl India project, as mentioned before. I haven’t had much time to write a post about what it’s been like, so I probably write up a more extensive recap after we wrap at the end of next week.

It’s been quite busy. Days have been filled with scouting, casting, production meeting, decisions – the usual prep stuff. Details on the good and bad of it all when we’re on the other side of things.

But, overall – we’re happy with the cast and locations and how things are going in general. Some hiccups, bumps in the road, and some serious learning of how things happen here in India. Specifically in Bangalore, a smaller and more tightly knit film industry where everyone knows everybody else, seemingly, and things are done in a more informal way, shall we say.

Here’s a small sample of what we’ve learned: everybody is an actor. I am totally serious – all but about two of our crew people actually only does the job for which they are hired. Every other crew person has told us, oh, by the way, I also act and I’m in a television serial that airs locally. It’s totally hilarious and we might be casting a good number of small roles from our own crew because of it.

Anyway, more stories from South India after production wraps.

Also, a year ago today, we were in Oak Creek after the shooting there. Here’s what I wrote then. Valarie is on the ground there with a cinematographer and two of our awesome Yale Visual Law Project teammates, doing interviews and filming the vigils and remembrances. Wish I could be in two places at once.

Production starts Friday. On with the show.

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