The second to last shoot was most of the exterior stuff that we had to do, along with some random stragglers that included the character of Danny. Saturday March 24th we shot all in front of Mineola Middle School, and those scenes included the very beginning as well as the incredibly important last scene of the film. That scene has since been edited, and we're all pretty happy with how it came out! It was a wonderful location, we only wished it was sunnier, but alas...we couldn't have had it realistically better, honestly. It was a skeleton crew but it went incredibly smoothly. The next day we shot all at Post, and it included the chemistry lab scene and the very important baseball field fight scene. There were a ton of extras I couldn't begin to list, but a special thanks to Todd Tyler for showing up with a bunch of guys for the baseball scene, with their own baseball props! The day went well and the emotion in each scene was intense and varied. It all culminated as we filmed in front of a spectacular sunset at the C.W. Post softball field- it looked incredible, and really added some emotional beauty to the scene.
The very last shoot was tough, in a couple ways. As always the actors (Steve, Elizabeth, and Paul) were on their game, but there were a couple of things to deal with. The high school location pulled out only a couple days before with barely any warning after assuring us repeatedly it was all set for filming for over a month, which was pretty devastating. It turned out, though, that we had some great and easy places to film right under our noses! Another thanks to Theresa and also the C.W. Post Honors Department (especially Tracey Christy). The other aspect that was difficult was, pretty much, letting the thing go. After beginning to write it in May (that makes it almost a year since I started this project), casting in October, and starting filming in December, it's come a long way and been a long road of hard work and dedication. It felt odd the next week to not be prepping for another shoot. Exciting too, because now a film would actually be done and finished and created to be made to see. But it's always hard to let go. All I can say is, I can't fathom how lucky I am to have gotten to work with at once such an incredible cast and such a terrific crew. There was not one sour note among them. Everyone was amazing, not only talent-wise but as people. I hope we all work together again, because it was only a pleasure, and never felt too much like "work". And that's how it should be, shouldn't it?