It has been a long time between drinks for the 2 man cast and crew of Travel Warning. Production was soon back on track with a 1 day, 2 night shoot scheduled for July.
Once again, the schedule we had planned for ourselves was extremely ambitious. A common theme to the movie so far. Multiple locations, with significant travelling time.
Richard drove 850km from Adelaide to reprise the role as himself in the film. Fortunately the weather forecast was also on our side. The weather gods seem to really want to see the movie.
Our first scene was different for us, in that we added one more name to our cast, Chris Masters Mah. A decorated actor on the Melbourne scene, Chris generously gave up a couple of hours of his time to shoot small part.
The scene involves a Chinese hunter, taking Richard hostage with plans to eat him. To avoid any continuity problems throughout the shoot, regarding Australian scenery vs Chinese scenery, we decided to film at night.
Some of the more bizarre props I had to get for this scene included a vintage tomahawk and a portable BBQ set with pork bones, doubling as human flesh.
The scene worked out great, with awesome performances from the pair. Fortunately, we didn’t have anyone walk by the scene, as it would have raised a few eyebrows, what with the tomahawk, meat and our main actor Richard, being bound and gagged for a large duration.
We started the day at a Buddist temple, where we needed a couple of shots from inside the temple. Our presence in the temple aroused some intrigue and were aptly join by a member of the facility.
This made things a little more difficult to get the shots, but as with a large portion of the film, we just got to hope the one-take wonders are good enough.
Next, we drove for a couple of hours to the alpine region in Mount Baw Baw. It was a beautiful drive albeit a little twisty-turny for any one who gets car sick.
It was a beautiful day and although we had snow chains with us, they were deemed not needed as we drew nearer.
At the summit, we only had a short walk entrance of the village to see a such plentiful amount of snow cover.
We had only an hour to capture the scenes. The challenge was to try to avoid shooting anything crowds in the background, whilst also limiting the amount of Australian fauna seen in the shots.
On the drive back, we shot a scene in the wilderness, the backpacker death scene and all the night scenes in the tent.
Due to atrocious windy weather conditions outside, we set up the tent inside. It worked well and was easy to light. The key was to avoid accidentally getting any of the background in frame.
One day, two nights, that’s all we had. On paper we’ve shot all the scenes. In my head, I know there’s a fair few pickup shots and voice overs to be done. That’s ok. We’re at 7 days, 8 nights for the whole shoot. You can’t say we haven’t utilised or wasted any of that time.