Awkward State Greetings–The Making Of
Several weeks ago, I heard that some politicians with nothing better to do were working on a bill that would make the high-five the official state greeting of Missouri.
It would be the first official state greeting of any state, actually.
I found that pretty amusing, and after some brainstorming with my family and a couple of friends, I wrote the script for this video rightchere:
Hopefully I didn’t offend any Missourians or anybody who just really loves high-fives.
Anyway, I thought I’d give you guys a small look at the making of this video…
My brother and I arrived in the little town of Guthrie, Oklahoma somewhere around 9:30 AM, met the friends we had roped into acting in our little blockbuster, and stuffed our gear and my costumes into their Buick. We drove to our location, unloaded, and had a stimulating conversation about native colloquialism. (If “y’all” means “you all”, why can’t we say “wall” for “we all”, anyway?)
At some point we became productive and started setting up the first shot. I began to realize why wearing a trenchcoat in the late spring humidity of Oklahoma is not done by the general sane public.
Some people have asked questions about the gear we shoot with. Currently we’re using a Canon 60D with a Canon 50mm prime lens. That fluffy thing on top of the camera is an extraterrestrial parasitic caterpillar who feeds on Canon cameras. Any suggestions on how to make it go away would be appreciated.
Actually, it’s a Rhode Videomic Pro shotgun mic, with a fluffy windsock. Unfortunately the windsock doesn’t work as well as we’d like it to, which is why our videos occasionally sound like we’re shooting in a tornado. Which in Oklahoma wouldn’t really be that unusual.
Audio is a super important part of filmmaking, and we unfortunately don’t have the means to make stellar audio right now. We’re hoping to upgrade some gear here pretty soon.
Also, we have a Sony ND filter for our camera lens–it’s like sunglasses for your camera. We were having issues with it when we shot this video, and weren’t able to use it–because of that we had some pretty serious issues with overexposure.
For our outdoor lighting, we have a 5-in-1 reflector we bought from Amazon several years ago.
We shot the Eskimo Nose Rub scene as a thunderstorm was blowing in, so fortunately our actors nailed it in just a few takes.
We had lunch at a local diner while it rained. Then Jonathan and I went driving around Guthrie looking for a place where we could change into our suits for the final scene.
Needless to say, we were the best-dressed guys in the Homeland bathroom men’s restroom.
We shot the last scene outside what used to be the capitol building of Oklahoma. We got some odd looks from a hippie-ish passerby, but no one asked why two guys in suits were repeatedly high-fiving on the steps of a Masonic temple. The end result was really cinematic looking–we were very happy with these shots.
This was a really fun shoot. Again I’m reminded of the importance of just getting out there and doing. You will learn so much more by getting your hands on a camera and making videos than from any book you could read or online course you could take. Life really is the best professor.