Early this morning we set out to shoot one of the last scenes for LAST BREATH. At around 4:15AM we hit the road and arrived at Long Beach, NY at about quarter to the five.
Being there this early in the day allowed us to scout the location and set up the camera and equipment. And by quarter to six, the sky began to light up. It was the perfect time to capture this amazing shot below.
We've had talks of shooting this scene on green screen due to time constrains and the possible consequences of having a prop gun out in the open. But after shooting this scene and seeing how beautiful it looks on camera, I realized that you should never sacrifice quality or take short cuts. Shooting this scene on green screen would have been a different scenario in terms of performance. We would have gotten something totally different. Shooting on location gave our actors a real life scenario where they have to interact with their surroundings, which greatly affects their performance both emotionally and physically. While I do love shooting green screen, it was not the way to go for this scene. To turn your vision into a reality, you have to make sacrifices. For me it meant losing a bit of comfort and a whole lot of sleep. But in the end, it was worth it.
After shooting, I took some quick shots of the sunrise from my camera phone.
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