And the shooting continued

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What you see to the left of you (and after the jump) is the original shotlist for shooting Phudie Mart compiled by me (click to enlarge). As you can see after the Parking Lot and Ext. we were supposed to move inside and “press our luck” as the shotlist even says, but it was not meant to be. So, undaunted, we moved on to Jewel number TWO, the Sheffield location. I think that’s where we did Tony walking the aisles and straightening, Slim walking up to the Customer Service counter, and a bunch of miscellaneous shots. A little trivia, at 3:15 in the video you can see three people at the end of the walkway as Slim walks outside, that’s Justin, Sandy, and Mark Hanner l to r. The last thing we shot there was Justin throwing the orange up in the air, I think you’re looking at the second take (with audio looped in my apartment), on the third take you can see the guy in the background walking towards us to ask us to leave. In an addendum to Justin’s below comments, there was a ten minute lag between one guy seeing us and the PA call and getting kicked out. The funny thing is that decision clearly had to go up a line of succession that that store’s Tony Smalek, who would then come ask the fake version of himself to please leave. I always found that funny.

Then Kate snorted some coke…

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What you see to the left of you (and after the jump) is the original shotlist for shooting Phudie Mart compiled by me (click to enlarge). As you can see after the Parking Lot and Ext. we were supposed to move inside and “press our luck” as the shotlist even says, but it was not meant to be. So, undaunted, we moved on to Jewel number TWO, the Sheffield location. I think that’s where we did Tony walking the aisles and straightening, Slim walking up to the Customer Service counter, and a bunch of miscellaneous shots. A little trivia, at 3:15 in the video you can see three people at the end of the walkway as Slim walks outside, that’s Justin, Sandy, and Mark Hanner l to r. The last thing we shot there was Justin throwing the orange up in the air, I think you’re looking at the second take (with audio looped in my apartment), on the third take you can see the guy in the background walking towards us to ask us to leave. In an addendum to Justin’s below comments, there was a ten minute lag between one guy seeing us and the PA call and getting kicked out. The funny thing is that decision clearly had to go up a line of succession that that store’s Tony Smalek, who would then come ask the fake version of himself to please leave. I always found that funny.

Then Kate snorted some coke…

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More specifically Kate snorted fake coke off a storm window while I held the camera underneath her in Mark’s apartment with Mark’s Tobey Keith posters. She’s actually just pushing flour up off the top of the frame, no snorting is actually done. After that we were off to another Jewel. A very permissive Jewel out on Foster.

As Justin has said, we organized the Foster Jewel like a military mission or a Pudding Wrestling Party. Extras would arrive at this time and go here. The camera would move from here to here to here, picking up cast members as it went. In all I think there were 11 of us roaming the store at once in costume. You would think this was way too much suspicious activity to get away with, but I theorize that it blanketed the store with a lot of suspicious activity so we were hard to track. That and I remember Justin and others who weren’t shooting all pushing carts looking at food items. This is when customers boosted our egos on the authenticity of the costumes by asking Kate where the yogurt was. I believe Mark was also asked if a certain brand of frozen french toast was any good. I’m sure my account is different from everybody elses, but I seem to remember being shocked at how long we were in there. Nobody was paying attention. I think we finished and were wondering how far we could push it, thus Wickerman running down the aisles with a toilet cleaner in hand. I think we paid for the M&M’s Wickerman opened and left like regular customers. But we had one more to get kicked out of.

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At the end of the night it was me and Justin getting dolly shots in The Jewel on Howard, which was enormous. It has beautiful, high aisles for the opening dolly shots in the short. We made this the last stop so the aisles would be empty and restocked and beautiful. We stacked up three boxes of cereal, put the camera on top and just started walking around, aisle to aisle. This is also where Tony stepped on that loud chip bag (that’s the real sound in the video), which didn’t attract any attention. So we were finished, but there was one dream shot I had.

I wanted a dolly along as many empty checkout lanes as I could get, as we were walking out, one aisle was open with a security guard talking to the cashier who was checking out one late-night customer. Justin says: “Dude, just jump in the cart, I’ll push you, what’re they going to do? Kick us out?” So I jump in the cart and Justin pushes me slowly past the security guard and the cashier and we get the shot you see at the beginning. Justin picked up speed, to the other exit where I jumped out and off we went.

We spent another hour or shooting Neon signs for the opening around Evanston. The audio track on those tapes is a lot of asking me if I’m done yet.

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