Slept late this morning, if you can believe that. Something about going to sleep after five in the morning makes me do that. Luckily, there was no location scouting today. The focus was on getting the key production people together. Toward that end, we met with a couple of key people.
First came Martin, bartender at LCNH and friends with lots of film students. His brother is also an editor, though Soup Boy had first dibs on the editing job. One key team member: a student, Czech, who is unafraid to ask bar and café owners for favors. Bonus if she’s a pretty girl. In our meeting Martin proved to be a more able producer than I am, and that may mean more than anything else. He has a candidate lined up, his brother is ready if we need him (the next meeting proved we did), and he can line up more production assistants than we need. I have some homework now; I need a syposis that can be translated into Czech, and… um… something else. I’m sure I’ll think of it.
We were a little early for dinner with fuego’s family and Tomaš (rhymes with “go mosh”), a cameraman of growing repute (proven by the fact that he’s working right now). We stopped off at Casino Royale, the place formerly known as the place formerly known as cheap beer place. fuego got a call from Soup Boy, the missing element in all our plans, and minutes later he was there with us. The place has changed a lot since he drew the storyboards for Pirates there in exchange for food and alcohol. The reunion was brief, pleasant, and we got a swift “camera, yes, edit no” from him. Alas, he could not join us for dinner.
The dinner meeting was good too. I ate a steak! Man, it’s been a long time. fuego paid for the steak! Right there you have the cornerstone of a good night. MaK and Z-Dawg were there and after I was finisehd eating I was given the kid so the parents could enjoy their meals, too. I have to say that I’m gragually getting a little more comfortable with the little guy. Helps that Z-Dawg likes to jump. I can understand that one, and since I don’t have to last for hours my rocket assist is much more powerful. He doesn’t just jump, he flies!
Tomaš and I once spent a night drinking, starting with his father’s homemade Slivovice, and I think he’s really looking forward to doing it again. On the film side, as noted above he’s working, but he has a few connections that might help us. Apparently there are some Panavision lenses areound here somewhere pining for light. I’m a little fuzzy on the details.
Then home for (relatively) early bedtime. Big day tomorrow!