shooting: they made the movie
On set one day or everyday,
they made the movie
Those who did the images...
If there was 1 camera, we would use 1 camera, if there were 3, we would shoot with 3. Most of the time we had 2.
A part from Hervé who was from the beginning until the end, the others came according to their availability.
His first feature movie as director of photography. I met him drinking a "Pastis" at his brother's house, my neighbor in France, a few days before his family and mine moved to San Francisco. It's obvious that I wouldn't have dared making this movie if I hadn't met him.
The usefulness of Facebook. On a page of French Immigrants, a woman speaks about the wonderful Canon camera that she and her husband just purchased. Interested (we’re looking for a 2nd cameraman, therefore a 2nd camera) I reach out to know what model they got. That's how I met Eric.
Monique, a friend from the south of France, tells me that one of her friend, professional cameraman, is visiting San Francisco. I take the opportunity of hiring him and his camera. He agrees immediately. So many French people coming to the US to shoot images!
It was modern like shown on this picture when Brian was on set, or small and plain like the one we used in France, or made in flesh and bone when we only had our own hands.
In a stopover in France I meet again my old friend Jean, accomplice on my previous movie Lino. We shoot the french part in 2 days and a little bit more...
Rob could only spend 2 days on the movie. After he read the screenplay he said : finally a movie I work on that my kids will be able to see.
Victor spend 2 days on the movie as well, more shy, he must have wondered if we really were making a movie. He was probably not the only one...
Adam, the most dedicated man from "Meets the eyes" studio. Whether it was the fog, the ghost, Alcatraz or the Golden Gate Bridge, he was always full of resources.. and talent!
Those who did the sound...
We had one main cameraman for the images, for the sound there was one pillar, Brian, and the substitutes.
Brian is not only THE professional guy for the sound, he is so vigilant of what is going on around him that he will know what you will need before you do and you will have it before you ask.
Max replaced Brian who left us to work on Woody Allen's movie. And thus proves that Brian is irreplaceable.
For the shooting in France I sent an SOS on the web. Mathias answered to me, he's got the gear for the images and sound and he is trained as a sound recorder... A part from this, I am co- writing with him and his brother their first feature movie that they are going to direct.
Keenan came the very first day to substitute Brian, I called him in september for the unexpected following, unfortunately he wasn't available.
Those who did the light...
This dude got us all the gear we needed in term of lights, telling us to give him whatever we could for compensation. He came one day on the set, such a great meeting!
David Lanes - Daniel R. Juenemann - Drew Nelson - Chris Fountain - Jeffrey carroll
The others came 2 or 3 days, some only 1, not enough time to take a picture of them. Available and smiling dudes, they would often work late at night and would leave for another movie early the next morning.
Those behind the scene...
Jazmin was doing make up, but also production, phone, computer, "régie"...
Props master, Maria knows how to do fake books very well, but also delicious BBQ spareribs, the argentinian way.
Robert is very handy as well and the missing «s» for Valréassien, it's my fault, not his.
Came a few days to do hundreds of pictures.
Those who assisted...
Motivated teenagers? Yes, there are! I found one. Matthieu did an amazing job, the essential intern!
Eve canceled her holidays to be part of the movie.
Actor, assistant, children's coach, young handyman...
Colas came with his brother Mathias for the 2 days of shooting in France and became everybody's assistant.
those who we can't classify...
Pissaladière, huge salads, beef stew... Marie-Jo didn't spare us anything the days she fed the crew.
On top of the costumes, the pictures, the making-of, and all the other things she helped with, Claire bared 24/ 7 the 3 main characters and the director! Ghost bless her!!!
Gino started by organizing a screening for fundraising, she then joined the crew in september to quickly become essential.
Monique, depuis la France, m’a trouvé un décor, un cadreur, non deux, un appartement pour héberger des techniciens...
One can be cultural attaché at the French Consulate in San Francisco and give a hand when needed. Hats off, Denis. And it is also Denis who introduced me to Graham (see the tribute)
those who translated...
Each one of my sons translated the dialogues of his character. Stacy took care of the rest, checking also what they had done. It was a huge job!
Once in a while, to relieve Stacy and spare me some time, her husband Jean would come to translate everything that wasn’t the dialogues.
It has been almost 2 years that I've known David; he has translated hundreds of sentences for me, files, songs, parts of screenplays, texts for Kickstarter, texts for this website...
those who made the score...
Franck Lebon - Laurent Ganem
Having an agent can be useful for a lot of things, such as find musicians in order to compose the music for the film. I met Frank briefly during a visit to Paris, on the terrace of a bistro. Franck and his accomplice Laurent have composed quickly some beautiful musics...
those who worked on post-production...
Xavier Marsais - Nicolas Lossec
those who coproduced in France...
Hugues Peysson - Pierre Paga
An indispensable collaboration. While I was managing the filming in California, they were producing in France.
The others, are those who brought little rivers that allowed the big stream to blow our minds.
The expression says : as good as bread.
If you are a baker and you are openhanded, what other expression would suit you better? Pascal is all that, a good man baking good bread. And La Boulange kindly fed the whole crew for most of the shooting.
I needed a beautiful sailing boat. I spotted one in Berkeley Marina, we knock at the deck, nobody, right at this moment the owner comes on his bicycle, we tell him what we want, he gives us his lock's code and allows us to come back to shoot whenever we want. As simple as that.
Monique et Thierry Deshayes
Monique and Thierry kindly allowed us to film at their house for a day and a half when we shot in the south of France, with the baby sleeping over our heads and that we managed not to wake up!!!
Don Kyle - Ramesh Shurma
Need some aerial views? Or one shooting from a boat? You can count on some friends.
Michelle Anton-Allen introduced us to Andrew and Andrew opened the doors of Sodaro, Napa's vineyards, where we will shoot a bit of Provence.
I also needed a car that could pretend to be a french taxi cab. Robert, my former neighbor, tells me that his cousin has one. And his cousin kindly brought us his car, and since I had to shoot the scene a second time, he came twice.
Sebastian von Nagel
Sebastian approached me after a screening to offer his contribution. We worked together a few weeks, spoke about the screenplay, the casting and locations...
those who were the extras...
People we know, people we don't know, who we barely see, as we have so much to do, taking just enough time to thank them as much as we can for having spent generously this amount of time waiting on set.... Maybe we didn't thank them enough, so I thank them again and again.