We finished shooting Mr. Crab a few days ago and I am still exhausted from the process. I can safely say this film was one of the few I have shot where virtually nothing went wrong during the production. There were some mishaps of course, and we went a little too long on a couple of the days, but for the most part it went off without a hitch. Key element: Pre-production.
Katarina Soukup, David Eng, and Caroline Bacle did a bang up job in making sure we had everything we needed to make this production work, and I can’t recommend them enough. Them, along with all of our crew who stepped up when problems came up made the process so smooth. And importantly it allowed me the luxury of only having directing to think about.
Osheen Harruthoonyan (DoP) was fantastic again (he shot Useless Things and My Heart is Black for me previously), and I am so looking forward to editing together the images we captured. We worked out the lighting plans and the shots together a long time before the shoot, and somewhat surprisingly didn’t change much from my storyboard (actually, I don’t draw, so it was more like a photo-storyboard really)
And of course our actors, Cindy and Vian Persad, and Ryan Singh were phenomenal, and brought the characters on paper to life. There was a lot of effort put into our casting, including a couple of trips into Toronto – and I was very happy to find the talent we did. In actual fact, there were a lot of people who auditioned who were great, some of which I may end up casting in the future.
So, here we are. All that work for 6 minutes of screen time. The new hard drives just arrived at my door. I’ve got to start working again.