Showing posts with label filming on the water. Show all posts
Showing posts with label filming on the water. Show all posts

02 October 2016

Argon Vlog: Episode 1 The Journey Begins

At the suggestion of one of our former sailing instructors (credit to Brenton Lockridge of Blackrock Sailing School), Bob and I have decided to produce a sailing video blog series entitled we AReGONe!

Captain Linda Perry Riera

The purpose of the video blog is to share:

  • our love of sailing
  • mishaps and learnings
  • preparations for extended cruising
  • our journey

Check Out Our First Video

We hope you enjoy and please share your feedback:

The Making Of...

Bob brings a wealth of technical and musical expertise to this effort. His astuteness for and years of professional music production is fascinating for me to watch, but I am a bystander for these aspects. Bob's prowess with video editing and willingness to teach allowed me to explore new territory and immerse myself for hours as we built the story line and overlaid different visuals with audio and applied effects. The writing, tone and cadence was where I took the lead.

Bob in the zone in the sound studio laying down guitar tracks.

Bob in the video editing suite. Notice the product placement.

Mixture of high and low tech sound stage.

A recent run of bad weather including being stranded on the boat helped us focus to get the first video done over a few days (three loooong days until wee hours of the night!). Anyone who has done a bit of video editing has an idea of the amount of time that goes in to even just a short piece such as this. It is safe to say that our video blog episodes will not be nearly as regular as our blog posts and I have a long way to go to improve the speed and scope of my editing skills! We both promise to improve our on screen presence and Bob will take his Ritalin before the video takes next time.

Linda in the voice-over studio.

We are not yet sure of how many video episodes will be produced or the frequency. It is likely that the next episode will outline preparing to venture off shore to Bermuda. Stay tuned!

Until next time.... we AReGONe!!

08 September 2016

Argon on the Big Screen

Argon and crew were completely ready to depart on our long awaited one year sailing adventure. But wait, the bright lights call... Argon was asked to be in a movie!

Captain Linda Perry Riera

Isaac Alongi is a photographer, cinematographer and Emmy award winning director based in Kansas City, New York City and Chicago. Isaac partnered with his wife, Sandra Martin, to release their first independent full length film, Trust Fund earlier this year. Their newest project, a romantic comedy entitled How to Pick Your Second Husband First, was also written by Sandra and will be filming at many Boston locations throughout September.

Isaac desired a classic looking sailboat for a brief scene in the movie out in Boston Harbor and found our company, All Hands Sailing Charters, via Google search as most of our charter clients do.  However, he was not looking for our standard Boston Harbor or Island Loop package. After a couple of conversations, Argon and Isaac seemed like a good match for his movie.

Argon was spotted from our charter website, All Hands Sailing Charters. We started this company in 2013 hosting private charters in and around Boston Harbor.

We settled on Tuesday 6 September for the date of the filming adjusting the initiation of our one year cruise by a few days to accommodate. This worked out just fine given that we had tropical storm Hermine meandering up the east coast confounding the conditions for the final holiday weekend of the summer. Hermine also interfered with the plans for the shoot as conditions were still poor on the scheduled date with intermittent rain and brisk winds in the harbor. Isaac and Sandra skillfully shifted gears by adjusting some of the dialogue to situate the scene as if the crew had just arrived on the docks to escape impending bad weather.

In addition to Isaac and Sandra (director/producer/writer) there were three actors as well as a Film Crew consisting of Camera, Sound, Lighting and Makeup people.  There was also a lot of really cool gear.

Some of the crew. Notice the cool harness with the floating camera

Isaac adjusting the camera preparing for the shoot to begin.

The Sound guy carrying a bunch of wireless mic receivers, a mixer and a shotgun mic covered with a windscreen (known as a "dead rat")

Staying on the dock made the work for Bob and I much simpler compared with taking passengers (with lots of expensive filming equipment) out in to the windy harbor. We ensured the boat was clean and orderly, adjusted a few items on Argon to be out of the way, and showed the actors how to coil lines and otherwise move around.

Director and producer, Isaac and Sandra; and the three actors playing Jill, grandmother, and grandfather.

The main character in the film, Jill, is played by an Argentinian American actress Julie Gonzalo. The shoot opens with Jill returning from a sail with her grandparents. Jill is a marriage counselor going through a divorce and receiving some relationship advice from her grandmother for this particular scene. 

Main character, Jill (played by Julie Gonzalo), conversing with her grandfather on the bow of Argon to prepare for the scene.

Bob teaching the grandfather how to look sailor-like coiling lines on the bow. Linda trained the actress playing the grandmother on some basic line handling in the cockpit.

The three actors playing the grandmother, grandfather, and their granddaughter. The grandmother is getting her microphone attached.

Isaac and Sandra liked the look of the boats lined down the dock and decided to have most of the conversation with Jill and her grandmother walking down D Dock, hence many D dock boats will be spotted in the scene. There are some other shots from along C dock as they sought to have the mass of masts and city skyline in another view.

Adjusting and tweaking how the scene will proceed with main character, Jill, and grandmother conversing as they walk down D dock.
Bob and I mostly try to stay out of the way. After about six takes, it's a wrap.

Although more simple than originally planned since we stayed dockside, it was fascinating to see the planning and coordination. We enjoyed chatting with the crew and actors and Bob drooled over all of the gear.

After Isaac and crew left, we got Argon back in order and turned our attention to getting ready to depart on our big trip the next morning! Another post will be forthcoming soon to update all on the initial days of our BHAG (Big Hairy Audacious Goal).

A wonderful visit and dinner with my son, Christian, was a perfect way to end our last day at Constitution Marina and to mark the start of a new chapter.

Farewell dinner with my son, Christian, was a perfect way to not only end this day, but to emotionally prepare to truly cast off the lines.
And, I think we are ready to go now!