03.09.2007 - 07.09.2007 28 °C
After doing night shifts all last week we ended up changing back to day shifts this week. This was a little hard on most of our bodies, but we still kept up the PT on set which makes some of the crew stop and stare when we do our run with cadences. Some of the actors come over and join in which is cool but some don’t as they think they did enough of that stuff on boot camp.
This week on set we were covering the aftermath of our night in contour with 800 Japanese, which in the end the Marines killed all 800 of them. So we did a lot of scenes where we had to walk around kicking dead Japanese soldiers (most of them were fake), with missing arms, legs and heads. A lot of them were freaky looking because it looked so real.
Friday was our last day to shoot the first episode so Thursday and Friday we had to re-shoot some scenes they weren’t happy with. It takes about 24 days to shoot an episode and every episode we’ve been told we’d get a different director. Hopefully Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks will direct an episode. Some of the scenes we had to re-do were our river scenes which took awhile and were very cold!
The first episode follows the journey of a Marine called Leckie, and the men around him. The second episode (which we start on next week) follows another Marine who comes into the war to join Leckie. The second episode is where I come into the story and follow along side the Marines already at war. This means more background stuff for me, a lot more action on set and around camera. The following weeks to come will see us doing a lot more beach landings, but this time with Japanese firing on us. These are bigger scenes than usual and cost about $30,000 for every take!
Jess has been doing her training on 2 other Quicksilver vessels recently which move a lot differently to the boat she is used to. This takes some more adjusting for her stomach so the sea sickness isn’t gone for good just yet. She said she’s been fine the past 3 days on Quicksilver VIII and doesn’t need to take the tablets anymore because the days have been sunny and calm. She also saw a humpback whale breaching the other day so she was pretty excited to see that.