Production Wheels are in Motion
November 09, 2013
Glory to Jesus! The Lord has given us an incredible Israeli production designer and we've begun establishing the foundational elements of breaking down the script into locations and making shooting decisions scene by scene. Once these cornerstone issues are settled we price them out and begin building a detailed budget, schedule, and plan to move forward. Praise Jesus! Just to give you an insider's peek, here is the latest email we received from the production designer below. By God's grace we are on our way!
There are 108 sets and locations.82 Exteriors and 26 Interiors. Out of the 82 Exteriors about 60% ( about 50) still existing in Israel, or there is a good alternatives as the look, texture, and vegetation of the 1st. Century AD. Some are the original, some are recreation of the physical setting of Jesus life and ministry (Nazareth), and some remains of ancient buildings or restored, synagogues as backdrops for authentic scenes. The real locations will give us a quality that no amount of digital re-mastering or clever lighting can compete with, if we build it as a set on green screen.
Based on my experience, this is scenario to move forward:
1. 4-5 days location scouting (me and unit production manager who knows what we can get, where we can shoot long/crowded scenes, what help we can get from authorities, issues with clearing the location and personal security)
2. We provide the pictures and info on how to manipulate each location to the look you desire and begin book of basic costs of each location/scene.
3. Location scout of Bruce in Israel and Bulgaria. This trip will finalize the location decisions that need to be made. Will finalize what will be exterior/location and what will be interior/green screen. We move to recommended green screen stage in Bulgaria, very experienced (they just did last year ' 300 : Rise of an Empire'). We determine green screen needs/schedule.
4. With all this information, begin pre-production in L.A.- visual effect supervisor, production designer, and 1st AD.