Yesterday, I spent about 14 hours on set shooting the short film “Stalking by Numbers” written and directed by Pierre Bonhomme (see below for full cast and crew).
I play Roddy, a suave intellectual type trying to convince Dave, a college dropout (played by Deven Stiller from “Revisions”) to take his stalking of a college professor to the next level.
Over the course of the film, we see Dave go through each of the five stages of stalking behaviour as Roddy eggs him on to the next, and then the next, to it’s ultimate conclusion (which I won’t reveal here).
The shoot was on location in the underground parking garage of Tom Davies Square, the city hall of Greater Sudbury, Ontario. It’s a sprawling concrete jungle that looks pretty stark and sexy under the lights.
Most of the dialog takes place inside a cargo van, which Dave has presumably been living in while pursuing the victim of his affections. On the day, that van also became a make-shift warming trailer for Deven and I as we’d turn on the engine and crank the heat in between shots.
The cast and crew was fantastic. My good friend Gregory Tremblay, who played Stalin in my production of “Lenin’s Embalmers” for the Encore Theatre Company last season, was the director of photography. Let me tell you, the man can light a shot.
It was cold, it was a long day, but it was a smooth shoot and great material from Pierre to work with. The crew was super tight, and it also reunited Deven and I on screen again after appearing together in the short “Revisions” last year.
However, I did learn one important lesson: don’t petition your director to allow your character to smoke in the scene. Cause what doesn’t occur to you at the time is, once you introduce the cigarette, it has to play in every shot for continuity.
I smoked close to a pack of cigarettes on that set. It hurt a little. I’m just lucky I didn’t have to shout at any point.
The picture isn’t in the can yet. There are a few scenes left at other locations, but I know Pierre and Greg (who is also editing) will get to work on the rough cut right away, if I know them at all.
Stay tuned for more updates.
“STALKING BY NUMBERS”
Written and directed by Pierre Bonhomme
Produced by Christine Sola, Pierre Bonhomme, and Martin Smith
Starring Deven Stillar and Callam Rodya
With Brigitte Yang, Denys Tremblay, and Adelina Tremblay
DOP: Greg Tremblay
Camera Op: Eric Harrison
1st Assist. Camera: Connor James
1st AD: Martin Smith
3rd AD: Alex Pitzel
Script Supervisor: Bonnie Brown
Sound Recordist: Eddie Jeanveau
Boom Op: Mathieu Taillefer
Location Manager: Tim Ervick
Key Grip: Steve Gagne
Grip: Adam Robertson
Costume Designer: Kate Adams
Key Makeup Artist: Karen Burton
Gaffer: Brad Trudeau
Transport: Luke Auger
Co-ordinator: Jenn Blanchet
Locations PA: Adam Robertson
Prop Gun Wrangler: Greg Brown