Our first shot for Dead Dicks was on Crescent Street in Montreal. It was cold and we were outside for about an hour. There was tons of construction happening on the other end of the street but we managed to steal a shot of our lead actress Jillian Harris walking to work. And so it began.
We spent the rest of the morning in the basement of Brutopia, wrangling friends and family as background performers. It was extremely surreal to see the scenes play out as Lee and I had written them. Things magically fell into place and we felt extremely confident about the amazing team we pulled together.
I had a hard time adjusting to the fact that I was directing. Before every shot, our 1st camera assistant Yasmine would call, “Rolling,” and our sound recordist Julia would say, “Speed.” Afterwards, our director of photography Nico would settle the camera and call, “Frame.” At this point, I would be watching the monitor, looking over the scene at the actors, thinking to myself how awesome everything was. And I would totally forget that it was my job to yell, “Action,” since Lee and I decided that was part of my job. I was so struck by the whole thing that I couldn’t believe it was actually my responsibility to do that. It took almost two days for me to get into the groove of things. By then, there was no looking back.
We managed to accomplish a hell of a lot in the 10 days we had to shoot. There were stunts, special effects, tons of doubling on screen and a whole lot of dialogue. But we got it all thanks to the help of an amazing cast, unbelievable crew and so many more people who came together to make it all happen.
Shooting a feature film in 10 days with very little money is a challenge that will push any filmmaker to their limits, but I suggest it for anyone who wants to work in this business we call show.