The Making of Saving Harper Ross season 2: Day 4-5

Day 4-5. Fun SHR Trivia Fact #23: The restaurant location is two different places, we use one restaurant for the interior or “inside” scenes and another for the exterior or “outside” scenes for the restaurant. Like how the NBC sitcom Seinfeld did for their exteriors of “Monk’s Cafe” when really it is “Tom’s Restaurant”, although where they use a sound stage for the interiors, we actually use a restaurant.

 

 

 

We are very grateful for the people at Los Vaqueros for letting us film inside their great space, if you haven’t been there, the food is excellent. And another shoutout to La Playa Maya for letting us film in there parking lot. It helps not only to have a good location but when the people at the location are fantastic and work with you to bring your production to life, you just have to be grateful.

Back on Day 4-5, we were filming the few scenes at Los Vaqueros. These are always light days, because we are only in there before they open, so we have a 3hr window to shoot the scenes for that location. This season it wasn’t a lot which was nice, we have a killer cast that always has everything down and knows how fast we like to shoot scenes. So we blasted through them. And everything seemed to be running smooth.

 

Day 4 was broken up into two parts, the first half was at Los Vaqueros and the second at La Playa Maya to get all the exteriors both day and night. Well, mother nature has her way always and it rained most of that day. Which meant I had to contact the actors and reschedule. The logical thing would be, to just do it tomorrow, but it’s not that easy. Scheduling can be tricky and in the end we could only get one actor to be able to shoot the next day. I had a couple of tricks up my sleeve to get those scenes into the production schedule, I’ll save that for another post. I just realized that I haven’t established who “I” is…

 

Call me Ishmael…that’s a bad joke, why I went with Moby Dick is beyond me. Why we had to read all the chapters that were just about whales…not the point, my name is Dexter. I am a producer and the assistant director at Lumindeo. If you don’t already know me, I’m the guy pictured to the right with that look of “Was that take 2 or 4?”. These blog posts about the shoot will be from my perspective and hopefully, I will do it justice.

Day 4-5 in quick summary were good days, if there wasn’t one rain day during your production it wouldn’t be as fun. Until next time, guys.

 

The Making of Saving Harper Ross season 2: Day 3

Day 3. We had just started the production of Saving Harper Ross season 2. There was new crew, some new cast and new crazy stories. I’m starting on Day 3, because that’s the day I let loose Tony Hernandez. Tony is one of the new SHR crew members, he came on to grip. He brought his camera to set and I asked if he could take some BTS for us (BTS being “Behind The Scenes”). All the pictures that will be on these blog posts or posted on the Lumindeo Facebook page were taken by Tony.

Day 3 was a great day, we were shooting at this cool dive bar in Arlington, TX called Tanstaafl Pub, this was the first day of production that we had a handful of new cast, and it was probably one of our earliest start times. We had some night scenes we needed to film and to pull this off as efficiently as possible we had to shoot them early in the morning before sunrise. Everybody was running on a lot of caffeine that day.

 

This was also the day we got to see a new role come to life, and it was epic.

Some back story, there was one role in the new season of Saving Harper Ross that took forever to cast. And it wasn’t until the very last minute until we found him. The few auditions we had for the role weeks before the shoot, they just weren’t what we were looking for and we held out until we found the right fit. I think it was right after Day 1 of production, Chason our fearless leader, sat down and watched tape after tape of auditions until he found him. It was a great relief when Chason walked onto set the next day telling me he found him. But, that’s just how it goes sometimes in film. Things just work out at the very last minute.

All in all, this was a fun long day with some great scenes that just give you chills. I personally can’t wait to see the finish product. This season of Saving Harper Ross is bigger and better in every way. Get ready people.

 

Until next time.

DEO Live: Ep12 Actor Amanda Erickson

The Super Secret Special Talents of Actors.

This week on DEO Live we interviewed Amanda Erickson, or as you probably know her by now, Harper Ross. One of our favorite things about auditioning actors is that we always look for the bottom section entitled: Actor’s Special Talents. This section is always chock full of crazy strange talents such as, trombone playing, juggling, holding 25 Oreos in their mouth, etc. To quote Forrest Gump, ‘You never really know what you’re gonna get.’

On Amanda’s Special Talents form she included her ability to us various dialects. This has always fascinated us, probably because we are so bad at it. So we had Amanda walk us through some of this stuff and we found it highly entertaining. Check out the video below. Also, check out Amanda in Saving Harper Ross and if you want to connect with Amanda further you can check out her Facebook page here.

 

Saving Harper Ross Production Set for Fall 2017

Production for Saving Harper Ross Seasons 2 & 3 Begins November

We released Saving Harper Ross season one back in April of this year and needless to say the series ended with a huge cliffhanger. So you could say we did it to ourselves. People immediately wanted more.  I got calls and texts from fans pleading to know what happens next for our unnamed hero (played be James DeWitt III). While I don’t want to spoil anything here, it is safe to say that the end of season one is a bit cruel. So due to popular and insistent demand we are gearing up to keep the story coming.

Saving Harper Ross Finale

We are not only filming the next season of Saving Harper Ross. We are filming the finale season of the show as well. Harper Ross was always designed around three seasons, nine episodes. I (Chason) certainly did not want to pull a Lost and start not knowing how the show would end. I knew the importance of writing with the end in mind. Especially when the premise is a guy reliving the same day over and over. Early on Harper Ross was sketched out in its entirety to take place over nine episodes in a simple three act structure. I looked at it like a three act structure for the whole, yet each episode has it’s own series of three to four mini-acts.

Coming Soon

This fall we are filming all six remaining episodes. Release dates are not out yet but it will be early in 2018. We have spoken with the cast and are super excited to work with this team again. We were really blessed with the talent on SHR. These guys are going to move on to some great and awesome things. I just hope that when one of them lands on a set with Christopher Nolan they invite me a long for tea time.

Watch SHR Now

If you haven’t seen Saving Harper Ross Season One yet, you can watch it HERE. It’s Free. It’s awesome. Do us a favor and tell your friends about it. Share it on Facebook. It means the world to us and we can’t do shows like this without help from you! So thanks in advance!

Also, check out the trailer below.

Official Saving Harper Ross Trailer from DEO.TV on Vimeo.