Robson Junior's Diary
This is my day-to-day cinematographer's
diary as it happened:
By Robson G.
Junior on September 7th, 2013
Day 1 -
October 10th, 2009
We started at 6 am at Coney Island & wrapped up around 12 am
(18 hour day) in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn. Shooting at magic hour,
during the day, and during the night too.
Day 2 - October 11th, 2009
We started at 12 pm at a high-rise apartment in midtown, big
crew and scenes were bloody sweet, lots of work, and did I say
bloody... (Relax! it was fake blood) but it did take a while to
Day 3 - October 12th, 2009
We started at 6 pm at the East River Promenade, great
performances by the actors. It was very cold and humid but it was a
good day’s work.
Day 4 - October 13th, 2009
We started at 9 am at Central Park, again, great
performances by the actors, then after a great lunch another great
acting performance at the Williamsburg Bridge.
Day 5 - October 14th, 2009
We started at 5 pm, pickup shots throughout Manhattan, empty
streets, windy, humid, great stuff but really really cold.
Day 6 - October 15th, 2009
We started at Greenpoint, Brooklyn, great performance by the
actor; the beef was really good, yes! I confess! I stole the food
prop afterwards. Come on, I’m Brazilian I can’t resist beef with
rice and beans when I see one.
Day 7 - October 20th, 2009
We started at 5 pm at Brooklyn Bridge then after a long walk
from Manhattan to Brooklyn we walked from Brooklyn to Manhattan on
the Manhattan Bridge, a civilian almost got “murdered” by the crew
members, not murdered but cursed a lot at...
Day 8 - October 21st, 2009
We started at 11 pm at Queensboro Bridge, another big walk
(At this point I seriously thought Kelvin wanted me to lose weight)
from Queens to Manhattan. That bridge is scary and my feet were
sore. But a great workout day.
Day 9 - October 23rd, 2009
We started at 5 pm at a studio in Chelsea. I had the
opportunity to shoot some of the best stuff I’ve ever shot, Thanks
Kelvin! And as we were leaving I heard that in the same building,
the CIA had interrogation rooms, (Gulp).
Day 10 - October 24th, 2009
We started at 5 pm in Chinatown, a scene that is going to
look amazing, I thought that I was in China for a moment while
shooting it; I even learned how to play Mahjong (Kind of), another
Day 11 - October 25th, 2009
We started 5 pm at a high rise apartment in midtown, then we
went to the street to shoot a brief scene, then we took a break to
see the Yankees win game 6 (Against the Phillies), then...
Day 12 - October 26th, 2009
... We restarted at 12 am at the financial district in
downtown, we got questioned by the FBI when I pulled the tripod out
of the case, but no biggie (a little small heart attack but…) after
that we went to Queens to shoot a scene in a dinner, and I got two
words to describe that, Julian Rozzell. Then we went to the Pulaski
bridge to shoot the sunrise over Manhattan, (by that time I was
completely sleepy and the camera was on auto-focus). We wrapped the
day (days) at 8 am, so (15 hours from sunset to sunrise). Are we
Noctambulous? You betcha!
Day 13 - October 28th, 2009
We started about 4 pm at the nightclub Roam near Union
Square, some awesome scenes and also some weird ones (specially
those ones in the bathroom, anyway…) then we went to shoot a scene
in the streets of Soho.
Day 14 - October 31st, 2009
We started at 4 am on the streets of Manhattan, scenes from
inside the car, then we went to the beautiful spot between the
Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge under the FDR to shoot a scene,
some guy lost a phone and I returned it (How nice). It was humid and
wet. I wrap the principal photography very happy and hopeful for the
Day 15 (Additional Photography) - November 4th, 2009
Back in Business!! We started at 5:30pm in Chinatown,
shooting some random walking around stuff over there, we headed to
Greenwich Village to shot in Thompson Sq. Park, then we came back to
Chinatown to do a quick scene. Never seen so many rats before in my
life, some are the size of cats, unbelievable... oh yeah, we came
back to Jimmy's house and watched the Yankees win the 2009 World
Day 16 (Additional Photography) - November 8th, 2009
We started in midtown at 11 pm; we shot some walking around
stuff from 42nd Street to 55th Street, then some buildings and some
other stuff for the voice-overs.
Day 17 (Additional Photography) - November 11th, 2009
We did a time-lapse shoot in Times Square on Veteran’s Day, a very
patriotic shoot I may say.
Day 18 (Additional Photography) – November 18th, 2009
I remember that the first AD and me went in the room to shoot an
“all-nude love scene” with the beautiful actress (as you do) and
then a topless fictitious commercial with another beautiful actress,
boy was I uncomfortable! Too many naked bodies for one day!
Screening Day – January, 28th 2011 – Tribeca Cinemas
Keep in mind that it was my very first feature film as a
cinematographer so I was freaking out a little bit. I remember
arriving at the subway station, going up to the street, then when I
turned there it was on the marquee “NOCTAMBULOUS, A FILM BY KELVIN
C. BIAS, WELCOME CAST, CREW & FANS.” I started to shout, cry and
laugh to a point a passer by though I was crazy! So I crossed the
street and saw the posters I had made and the marquee up close and
everyone arriving. Man! It was a blast. It is like they say, “You
never forget the first time!”
So that was my shooting experience for NOCTAMBULOUS, great
people, great filmmakers and great times! Looking forward to shoot
Kelvin’s next feature!