Diane's Diary #28: Quiet on the Set Please!
Note: This is Excerpt #28 in Diane’s Diary. If you would like to read previous excerpts, you can find Diane’s Diary 1-27 here.
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This post is a continuation of Diane’s Diary #27, our final day of filming in Florida in 2019.
We figured out the camera and recording card issue and were finishing up for the weekend. Just before we began filming the final interview, cameras were rolling and two crew members- no names mentioned (not my wonderful subjects)- were chatting away.
So, I had no choice but to say, “Quiet on the set please”. We all laughed. I never thought I would ever utter those words and yet they were tumbling out of my mouth.
We captured what we wanted, said our final “Cut” for the day, and did a room tone (You do a room tone when you are done filming by capturing 30 seconds of room tone so the editor and finishing people can match it). I asked Mike if we needed anything else and he said, “if you got everything you want, we’re good.”
Well, at the end of a shoot, there’s one more thing that’s traditionally said on a set and I wanted Kaitlyn to do the honors. So, I asked her if she wanted to say it and she said, “And that’s a wrap!” We all cheered and then began packing everything up to leave.
I was heading to the airport to fly back to California, and the crew was driving home. Before we left, Erin and I were talking about how great the energy had been over those two days. I have to give her and her family a lot of credit. They were and are absolutely delightful. Erin walked us out and as we were standing in the garage saying goodbye, Marcos told her how inspired he was by her. And John, the PA had earlier given her his email address because he wanted to donate to their GoFundMe campaign toward the service dog. It was truly a beautiful two days and I’m excited for next steps and seeing where this all leads.
Let’s keep in mind why I am filming all of this. It’s to document Kaitlyn getting her service dog when he’s ready to support her epilepsy diagnosis. The weekend after I left, Erin let me know that Kaitlyn had another seizure. Maybe this is against the filmmaker’s rules, but I care about this family and all of the people I have met so far. Fingers crossed this dog comes soon and makes a big difference in their lives.
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