There was an energy on set, sombre yet electric, nervous yet calm. It was the much anticipated stunt day, where Mike (played by Kirk) gets hit by a car in a hit and run. Best case scenario? We get the shot in one take with a high impact hit and a broken windshield.
Weyla and Suka wait while they rehearse the hit
A lot of prep goes into a one-take shot
Moments before the hit...
Witnessing someone get hit by a car 5 feet in front of you is hard to watch. Then add to noise of a body smashing a windshield and the fact that it's a friend and it's nearly impossible... the worst being the wait to see if he is able to move once hitting the ground. Stunts can go wrong... but this one didn't.
Only a few were missing from the crew shot. What an amazing group of people. I feel blessed to have met and worked with each and every one!
Shooting continues for another week with most of the filming behind them. From what I understand, everything went exceptionally well as a result of an amazing team pulling together. Re-writes, re-shoots, last minute changes and long days that turn into nights and long nights that turn into days. I think perhaps the most magical moments happened in the unscripted, in those where life collided with passion and art and humanity. This project inspired me. Changed me. Thank you.
Miss you all already! xo