Production Diary

Day 69: A Change in Weather by

Producer Lucas Joaquin on set

I got a good night sleep and the skies are clearing after a rained out day yesterday. We weren’t really prepared for the change in the weather, and soon enough it seemed best to give into it. The days are going fast. I’m both ready for the shoot to be over and sad it’s only a month more. One good thing about being a director is that you finish shooting and have editing to go into. It just gets more interesting. Last time I finished production—in Vancouver, years ago—I was a mess, so I think the silences were larger when the crew went home (or “the circus left town” as they might say in Canada).

There is a steady rhythm that starts to appear in the days of shooting. I think maybe most significantly, you begin to have a visual language that you can rely on and find as the scene lays itself out. My Facebook friend Heddy Honigmann sent me a quote from Renoir yesterday: “When you’re in your set, leave always there a window open so that the wind can blow inside.”

Ira Sachs

writer, director, blogger

Ira Sachs is a writer and director based in New York City. His films include Married Life (2007), The Delta (1997) and the 2005 Sundance Grand Jury Prize-winning Forty Shades of Blue. His most recent film, Last Address, a short work honoring a group of NYC artists who died of AIDS, has been added to the permanent collections of the Whitney Museum of American Art and MoMA and played at the 2011 Venice BIennale. Sachs teaches in the Graduate Film department at NYU and is a fellow at both the MacDowell Colony and Yaddo. He is also the founder and co-curator of Queer/Art/Film, a monthly series held at the IFC Center in New York, as well as the newly established Queer/Art/Mentorship, a program that pairs and supports mentorship between queer working artists in NYC.

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