Tell us one fun fact about every member pls. two for uruha because hes too cute for just one ok thanks bye
Ruki: used to think that it’s a great idea to glue random shit to his face so long as said random shit has a reflective surface (sequins and rhinestones are one bad idea thing, but studs? really?)
Aoi: twitter is the source for great fun for him, but it has also been his very downfall.
once stated he doesn’t consider vocaloid music to be real music, which gave him a bit of a bashing, and he ended up quitting twitter later when he made the grave mistake of replying to trolls spamming him, which then led to out of control trolling and him taking a calming bath before deleting his account. not one to be stopped completely, he continued to tweet via others people by hanging out with fellow jrock friends who were willing to deliver his messages with their own accounts
Reita: mystery man. has a little beauty mark above his eye. it looks great when paired with dangerous eyeliner and not hidden by his hair. Also loves his best alien bro Uruha to death, considers Uruha’s birthday the ‘day of rock’ and often stayed up late to congratulate him via heresy blog.
Uruha: apparently afraid of heights? or he used to be. wrote ‘MY PAL’ on his black God of Rock-guitar because it is his best friend also Uruha: he’s great at running. once offered to help Sakai (their manager at the time) to get into shape, so they went jogging together, but Sakai couldn’t keep up the pace. After convincing Uruha to go on without him, Sakai commented that Uruha then, in his own words, ‘took off like an antelope’.
The setting is deep in the “backyard” of a ranch location out in the motherfucking nowhere land of the hill country. It’s about as Texas as you can imagine. Prickly plants. Cows. Confederate flags. Dudes with guns. Dirt roads. Bad cell reception. Terrible studded designer jeans bought at the dollar store. This “backyard” is a 20 minute van drive from basecamp, which is at the main house next door. Walkies barely reach. Cellphones are in and out. The quickest way through was in a land rover through a very dangerous path through the woods.
The set itself is a beautiful dreamy little pond buried in clay cliffs decorated with cedar trees. The sun creates a golden glow at certain points in the day. Perfect for the camera. The rest of us, however…
At first, no bathrooms except back at basecamp (20 minutes from set) (they later got portas delievered).Food on the set, like crafty, was difficult because the fields near the pond were infested with bees. Like, actually infested. Not an understatement. Figuring out where to eat lunch everyday was a misery. If an emergency happened, we were in the middle of nowhere. Basecamp could barely hear us and there were only two vans making trips so if you didn’t get on the van, it could be 40 minutes until you’re back on set. Not only that, the neighbors were weird about the road the worktrucks were parked on and one guy got in our faces with a video camera threatening us.
As a result, this beautiful set cost us a LOT of shots. Like a LOT.
One more example. Dallas, 2016. The set is in a beautiful floor to ceiling plate glass 6th floor high rise, overpriced apartment in uptown. Full cinematic views of downtown Dallas. Tenants of the building did not want us there. The building restricted our abilities to get equipment in quickly by eliminating the elevators we could use and the entrances we could use. Loading was too steep for the trucks so they had to park in an alley nearby. We had constant supervision and constant complaints, including yet another guy threatening us (this time physically). We couldn’t talk normally in the halls, we couldn’t park near the building, and we had to lay down layout board on carpets designed for high density traffic and heavy loads. Again lost a lot of time and shots didn’t work.
When we plan production, we spend a lot of time on blocking and the script and what camera to use and lighting and casting. We discuss costume design and what crew to bring in. But we often skip one of the most important parts of the filmmaking process: seriously weighing the pros and cons of our locations. On indie films, our budgets are limited and we try to have producers or directors do the jobs of production managers and location managers. This is not good. Directors & producers should not be in charge of locations.
ONCE MORE FOR THE KIDS IN THE BACK:
DIRECTORS & PRODUCERS SHOULD NOT BE IN CHARGE OF LOCATIONS.