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Author :Brad Whitcomb

First published August 11th, 2006 at www.bradwhitcomb.com © 2006 All rights reserved.

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This past week was one of the most enjoyable weeks I've had since I moved out to Los Angeles. I spent Monday thru Thursday nights helping out as a Production Assistant on the feature film Home of the Giants, starring Haley Joel Osment and Ryan Merriman. This was my first time on location/set of a feature film; and although it's not a studio film, it was an interesting, fun, and exciting experience nonetheless.

The director/writer, Rusty Gordman, is a first time feature film director. He’s done mostly commerical and 2nd unit work in the past. After watching and working along side him this past week, I can almost guarantee this movie will do well at Sundance and he’ll go on to make many more feature films.

I worked (mostly watched) a total of 47 hours in four days, working from 2pm - 5pm to 3am - 6am each night. Overall, it was a great experience. There is a lot of down time on movie sets as it takes awhile to setup lighting, sound, actors and the camera for each shot. In a 12-hour day the production only shoots between 2 to 5 minutes of actual usuable screen footage.

Last night was one of the longest, slowest, yet most interesting nights that I worked. We shot on location in the town of La Puente, CA. The movie takes place in a rural town in North Carolina and the old downtown of La Puente (if you can’t see the mountains) looks identical to any generic small town in the midwest. It made me a little homesick. We spent the night shooting chase scenes and drive-bys (not the violent ones) through the city streets, and we did all this without any permits or stunt guys.

It was a blast!

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