Posted Thursday, June 5, 2008, 10:47 PM

This weekend it's Queen's Birthday, so it's a good time for a three-day movie shoot. My friend Rob, who has been planning this for a very long time, is finally going to get the chance to direct his first short film. Checkpoint is set in the midst of World War II, and concerns a British soldier who is returning from a mission when he stumbles upon a German checkpoint in the woods, and unexpectedly ends up in a bit of a kerfuffle.

It should be fun, we're spending all long-weekend in the forest to film it. I'm effects supervisor, as there will be several shots with visual effects in it, such as gunfire, a train, a few matte paintings, and an optional scene that might be shot later, set at an airfield.

It may be cold out there, though, so I'll have to wrap up warm, and also may be staying over so as to be nearer where the shoot is taking place. Early starts for everyone (5am wake-up call, 6am leaving, 7am arrival and prep, 9am shoot) so it isn't all fun and jollity. But we always have a good time on a shoot, so we should enjoy ourselves immensely, especially as it's such a different kind of genre for us.

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