Let me know if my frustration is unwarranted..
we had 3 small "Scenes" to shoot last night..
1. was a very short dialog sequence with me and another actress. We had maybe 4 lines.
We got medium shots, closeups, a wide angle, and a tracking shot..
we didn't shoot the first frame of that til almost 10pm.
We'd been on set since 2.. spent the day doing set design, makeup.. and then LIGHTING.. took almost 4 hrs for ONE angle.
2. was supposed to be another short dialog scene between me and her.. it was a bit longer, but still pretty simple.. we didn't get to it.
3. was a scene with my main actress who had already been waiting for like 4 hours doing nothing. She was asleep. We had to do a shot of her lying in bed with a necklace rising from her neck by itself, and a nightmare shot.. and a shot of her looking in the mirror and seeing something scary in it. All in the same room.
Again, lighting took forever.
4. Was supposed to be a scene of her in the dining room opening a bottle of water, and taking some meds.
5. was her walking from her room down a stair case..
we didn't get to any of that.
We wrapped at 6:30 am..
I send the first actress home at 4am after keeping her there waiting for 2 hrs doing nothing trying to see if we were going to get to her stuff.
My main actress sat around for almost 6 hrs of the shoot. She still got paid for a full day.
Was my schedule too ambitious? or do I need to address this lighting issue. My entire crew came to me at some point asking why it was taking so long with lighting. At one point we came on set for rehearsal to get prepared to shoot, and we sat there for a solid hour while they messed with ONE light.
Where do you draw the line?