cH05: Behind-the-Scenes
February 6th, 2009

Posted by Graham

Another full week of shooting for another full episode of commodoreHUSTLE!

It started on Saturday, a week before the video went live. Due to a strange confluence of scheduling, it was the only day that we would be able to have both Kathleen and James available for shooting, and James’ only shooting day before the video went up. We also had to be in Nanaimo (a 2-hour drive away) by 6:30 for the VISFF.

So, after breakfast and a quick read through the whole episode, we started with the first scene to take place at The Moonbase (Paul, James & myself). Doing it in only two long takes took us more takes than it probably should have, but it was worth it in the end. Following that we quickly moved to shooting the main bulk of the episode: the big argument scene.

To make things easier all around and avoid handing the camera between several different people, Tim shot the whole thing. In deference to standard shooting practices, the whole scene was shot largely in chronological screen order, rather than all of a given person’s lines one at a time. As the scene was broken up essentially line-by-line, shooting went quickly. And then it was on to the silly costumes.

James and I had bought a bunch of blue accent clothing from the second-hand store on Friday, and we had all put some prior thought into our individual outifts, but most of them came together right there. Tim stayed on camera so we could all be in the shot, and the entire montage was shot largely as a jumble of random footage in under 35 minutes. It was also really, really cold, which proved irritating for some of our more revealing costumes. When that was done, it was us bundling into a car, and away to the film festival. In costume, no less. Thank god we won something, it meant I could explain to the audience why we all looked so stupid.

The rest of shooting was really broken up, but luckily the majority had been taken care of. Jer’s horn flashback was done on Monday, Bill and Morgan’s 2Pac scene on Wednesday, the transformers/light gun scene on Thursday night.

The following Saturday we not only shot Matt’s toy shop flashback in the afternoon, but also Geoff’s introduction scene that evening, while shooting the following week’s video in between those things.

The last thing to be shot, was, of course, the first scene in the video. It was shot Sunday night, and plugged immediately into the already edited video.

Good times all around. Now, please enjoy these pictures of The Runners. More information on that whole thing coming soon.


  1. James looks like a backup dancer for a Kylie Minogue video :D

    Paul has some pretty awesome sunglasses though

    Comment by Lyinginbedmon — February 6, 2009 @ 6:35 am

  2. You guys are so fucking prolific!

    Comment by Keith K — February 6, 2009 @ 6:45 am

  3. That last shot of the runners is now my desktop wall-paper, the added odd is that my webdesign folder just happens to rest on paul.

    Comment by GrindStone — February 6, 2009 @ 8:02 am

  4. So I hope Graham actually accepted the award with the triple collars actually popped… I mean he’d HAVE to!

    “Paul has some pretty awesome sunglasses though”

    Comment by theashigaru — February 6, 2009 @ 2:49 pm

  5. Does Paul have some snot at the top of his lips? Or some other kind of slime?

    Comment by JesterJ. — February 11, 2009 @ 7:10 pm

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