Spent all day at the Hummingbird Nest Ranch in Simi Valley. Shot in two locations there for the entire day. Incredibly beautiful estate and grounds.
Multiple location day, all near our homebase Santa Clarita Studios – an office location, a bike path, and an intersection. Both day and night. Lots of interesting stuff which was fun – including a stunt. Big location day tomorrow.
Shot all day on one set, April’s shop. We get to open the stage doors and look out onto the backlot street and have it play for our little city block in the background, which is pretty neat.
First day of the work week, Day 3. All day on one set and then one scene on another. Lots of fun and interesting stuff, including a scene with a baby. Had to fight off the waning moments of a weekend cold. On to Day 4.
Morning shot more work in the gym. Then spent the rest in one of the character’s loft home. Very late night because the previous day’s work went late. Friday off for the crew for Good Friday, so three day weekend to regroup for the first full shoot week of work.
Double-up day with the outgoing episode so the crew was split. Had long delays on a weird day – actor was sick, AD sprained both ankles, someone was fired on the crew (not by me or in our production team but yeah it happened). Shot in a house set for several scenes and then the grand finale with some stunts in a gym. So that was fun. Great crew and cast.
Here we go – directing two episodes of Mistresses at the same time. Let’s do this.
The title of this post is a quote from one of the all-time great baseball players from my favorite team – the late Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub. Back then, in the mid-1950s to mid-1970s when he played, doubleheaders were the norm in baseball. Nowadays, they are sort of rare, but they were common before the present era.
And on the eve of baseball’s Opening Day, a sitting US President attending a baseball game in Cuba yesterday for the first time, and me about to go shoot two episodes, I think it’s particularly relevant to quote Mr. Cub.
While some would bemoan the doubleheader – the strenuous pace of two games back-to-back in the hot summer sun – Ernie became famous for saying some variation of following: It’s a beautiful day for a ballgame … let’s play two!
I love this simple and straightforward quote. It reflects his joy, gratitude, enthusiasm and love for his chosen field – a profession that is a game, and a privilege to play. I know that feeling well.
So yeah – let’s play two. (Cryptic daily updates to come!)