After months of pre production, we were finally at the time to begin principal production of Lotus Eyes! The first morning, we all woke up at 4 AM and began the drive out to Western Maryland. We arrived at Greenridge at 6 AM and began to trudge through the dirt roads in the forest to our first location on Cliff Road. Cliff Road certainly lived up to its name and we had to make sure to drive carefully. Either side of us would be a very steep fall! Once we all parked, we hiked down to the stream where we were going to begin production. The scenes involved our lead character attempting to spear fish in a river then subsequently bathing in the water, and feeling vulnerable and fearful of the world around him.
It is rather common for a lot of film sets to get off to a bit of a slow start and that was the case for our film. It took us a little while to get in the swing of things. We had to set up the camera and talk over our shot list with our Cinematographer, Habib Awan and our Assistant Director, Eddie Fuentes. At the same time, we had to work on making Mitch, our lead actor,
look the part.
Some rather time consuming makeup was necessary to make Mitch look like he had been actually starving in the woods for multiple weeks. Luckily, Johns Hopkins Film and Media alum, Abby Harri did all the makeup effects on the film and had a plan from the beginning on how to make Mitch look the part.
We successfully wrapped the first two scenes of the day and were ready for a company move and lunchtime. The problem we were now facing is that we were about two hours behind schedule so we would need to move quickly in order to finish our day before the sun went down. We had to film a scene involving the lead character running down a steep and stabbing himself with a knife. This was a complex scene and we had about two hours to shoot it, but fortunately the crew worked together to make the scene work as well as possible, and we were able to pull through and make our day. Day 1 was complete.