Hole in the Wall - Day 2

This is a continuation of another blog labeled "Hole in the wall - Day 1".  "Hole in the Wall" is an independent short film that deals with the tension between an aging father and his son.  I am proud that my neice is the director and she asked me to document the set from behind the scenes with still photography.


The second day of filming were all of the interior shots.  These were the middle scenes in the movie and the set was inside a dilapidated house in Minneapolis.  This buidling had been condemned and was for sale for $5,000, with the understanding the house would be torn down.  The house was a disaster, but with tight film cropping it could pass for a lower-middle class home.


Nearly all of the sheetrock had been stripped and all of the plumbing has been removed.  Electricity was brought to the set and you really didn't want to think too much about air quality.  Ironically, this house had been rented twice within one week to act as a set for an independent film.  It had probably made more money as a movie set in one week than the asking price for the entire property.


The star of the film was literally a hole in the wall. 

A construction crew had re-created this wall and the hole was carefully crafted.  This set was a teenager's bedroom (who has since grown up and moved out) and various teenage posters had concealed the hole in the wall.  The middle scenes involved the son returning to the home of his youth to help his father (above) repair the hole in the wall.  The father was getting the home ready to put on the market.

See where this going?


As mentioned, original footage was captured with 35 mm film, which is very old-school.  The light needs to be right and the sound needs to be right.  

The set was very small, so most of the camera angles were outside the bedroom, looking in.


Each shot was reviewed (using a secondary digital video camera).  Several shots were ruined with either an overhead jet, or at one point a neighborhood argument broke out on the sidewalk over parking (the crew kind of consumed the availible neighborhood parking).

The cute and nervous blonde above is my soon-to-be-famous niece, Mandy Becker.  She is reviewing a just shot scene.


The crew was a hoot; mostly volunteers who just enjoyed making movies, but still experts in each of their respective responsibilities.

What was interesting about a tight film crew is that nobody asks if they should do something, they just do it.  If somebody notices an electrical cord that might be in the shot, they go and grab it.  

There is clearly a "esprit de corps" on a film set with a tight groove.


Julie Swenson provided the makeup (and the honorary Irish person on the home page).  Julie is very well known for her make-up studios in St. Paul, Los Angeles and Chicago. and yet, on her own time she volunteered her services for the film.


There is a well understood fact about any film set.  And that is...


...a well fed crew is a happy crew.

Look for the premier release of "Hole in the Wall" this summer in Minneapolis.  You will not be disappointed.