Monday, June 5, 2006

The Oath -0.5

This weekend we will be shooting what is currently called "Scene 0.5" of The Oath at our Production Designer, Beth Doster's house. The very first scene of the film was actually written last to give the story more depth. Not wanting to confuse the artistic staff by renumbering all the scenes, we decided to call the new prologue "Scene 0." Sometime after the first few "rough edit" drafts of The Oath were complete, we decided to add a dialogue-less scene, in which Julien recieves the ring from Arnaud Rousseau, between scenes 0 and 1. We felt this would make the story and the relationships clearer. When all is said and done, the first three scenes in the film will have been the last three scenes to be shot.
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Storyboard of "Scene 0.5": Julien recieves his late mother's ring from Arnaud Rousseau.
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We've decided to shoot at Beth's house because it is far more economic and far less risky than going back to Louisiana. I say less risky, because living in Houston, it is far easier to obtain something should we forget to bring it, than it would be in Mermentau/Jennings. It also gives Beth and her husband, Dan, an excuse to redecorate rooms at their house.
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Julien Desormeau listens to the will of Arnaud Rousseau.
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However, we will eventually have to return to Mermentau in order to get a few pick-ups and several establishment shots of Le Petite Chateau deLuxe, where the vast majority of principal photography took place. These are tentatively scheduled for June 20 & 21.
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Philip Desormeaux's Le Petite Chateau deLuxe in Mermentau, Louisiana. Mr. Desormeux's Catholic Christian faith was of significant influence in the Chateau's authentic French architecture. Here featured, on one of the four miniature towers on the castle's outer wall, is a Norman Cross. Mr. Desormeaux' generosity and kindness inspired us to give our film's protagonist the original French surname, "Desormeau," which means "from the elm grove."
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